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make windows 7 fasterWindows 7’s context menus can become cluttered 7 Simple Steps To An Awesome Minimalist Desktop 7 Simple Steps To An Awesome Minimalist Desktop Read More over time, filled with different options from the various programs you’ve installed. Worse yet, badly behaved context menu entries can add delays before the context menu appears, slowing you down and making you wait every time you right-click a file or folder.

What happens when you right-click a file on your Windows 7 The Windows 7: Ultimate Guide The Windows 7: Ultimate Guide If you are afraid to upgrade from Vista or XP because you feel it is completely different to what you are used to, you should read this new guide. Read More system? Is there a significant delay before the context menu appears? (Go on, feel free to try it – we’ll wait.) If there is, you should remove some context menu entries to speed things up. Even if it pops up quickly, you might want to remove some context entries just to tidy things up.

CCleaner

One of the quickest, easiest ways to remove context menu entries is with CCleaner, a popular application we’ve covered in the past Optimize Your System To Run At Its Best With CCleaner Optimize Your System To Run At Its Best With CCleaner Over the last two years, CCleaner has changed quite a bit in terms of version numbers...up now to version 3.10 at the time of this writing. While visually the program actually hasn't changed much (it's... Read More . The context-menu-editing feature was added to CCleaner fairly recently, so be sure you have the latest version of CCleaner or you may not have the feature. Launch CCleaner and click the Check for Updates link at the bottom of its window to check that you have the latest version.

In CCleaner, click the Tools icon in the sidebar, select Startup, and click the Context Menu tab at the top of the list. You’ll see a list of context menu items you can easily disable.

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Some items in this list may have the same name as the context menu entry itself, while some are named after the program the context menu is associated with. For example, the “ANotepad++64” item in my list here corresponds to the Edit with Notepad++ Soup Up The Notepad++ Text Editor With Plugins From The Notepad Plus Repository [Windows] Soup Up The Notepad++ Text Editor With Plugins From The Notepad Plus Repository [Windows] Notepad++ is a worthy replacement for Windows’ in-built and much loved text editor, and comes highly recommended if you’re a programmer, web designer or simply someone who finds themselves in need of a powerful plain... Read More context menu entry.

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To disable a context menu entry, select it and click the Disable button. You probably shouldn’t use the Delete button – if you disable a context menu entry, you can easily re-enable it from here later. If you want a context menu entry back after deleting it, you may have to reinstall its associated application.

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Changes you make here take effect immediately – you don’t have to restart your computer.

If your context menu is slow to appear when you right-click 3 More Tools to Customize the Right Click Menu (Windows) 3 More Tools to Customize the Right Click Menu (Windows) Read More a file, try disabling each context menu entry here one at a time. After disabling one, right-click a file and see if your problem is solved – if it is, you’ve pinned down the problematic context menu entry and solved your problem.

ShellExView

CCleaner is great and easy-to-use, but you may have noticed that it doesn’t show all context menu entries. If you need to see them all, try ShellExView by NirSoft.

After downloading and launching ShellExView, it automatically scans your system for context menu entries and other shell extensions.

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To view only context menu entries, click the Options menu, select Filter By Extension Type, and choose Context Menu.

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The list shows both third-party context menu entries and built-in ones that come with Windows. Third-party context menu entries are highlighted in pink – they’re the ones you’ll want to disable. (You can also disable some of the built-in context menu entries, if you like.)

To disable a context menu entry, click it and click the red Disable button on the toolbar. The word “Yes” will appear in the Disabled column. If you want to re-enable it later, open ShellExView, select the disabled context menu entry, and click the green Enable button on the toolbar.

You’ll have to restart your computer for your changes here to take effect. It’s not as convenient as CCleaner’s tool, but you can manage many more context menu entries.

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It’s also possible to remove context menu entries by editing your registry Using Registry Cleaner: Does Is It Really Make a Difference? Using Registry Cleaner: Does Is It Really Make a Difference? Advertisements for registry cleaners are all over the Web. There’s an entire industry out there bent on convincing inexperienced computer users that their registry needs fixing, and that, for ten easy payments of $29.95, their... Read More directly, but we don’t recommend this. Even for experienced users, this process is much more tedious and time-consuming (context menu entries are stored in five different places in the registry). It’s also not possible to easily disable a context menu entry, only delete them – so you’d have to back up each key before deleting it if you wanted to restore it later. Computers excel at automating tedious tasks, and this is one tedious task computers can handle for us.

If you’re still using Windows XP, you can actually remove some context menu entries without installing any other software How To Add & Remove Entries from The Windows Right-Click Menu How To Add & Remove Entries from The Windows Right-Click Menu Read More – but this option is no longer present in Windows 7.

Did you catch any context menu entries slowing your computer down, or did you just tidy up a cluttered context menu? Leave a comment and let us know, especially if you identify a misbehaving context menu entry that was slowing you down.

  1. Rick
    January 8, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks for mentioning CCleaner. When I went to use CCleaner (I've had it installed for years) as you described, I found that the file had corrupted! Reinstalling CCleaner fixed the problem!

  2. ~MM~
    February 3, 2013 at 7:57 am

    By use of ShellExView, I disabled Norton's "IEContextMenu Class", which resolved a friends slow right click contextual menu blues! Cheers, & thanks! :)

  3. Rich Mc.
    August 30, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Great information, I never really paid attention to the lag time when right clicking folders but now that I did I will definately be trying out some of these removals.....thanks

  4. fatihamzah
    August 29, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Oh man!, my context menu entries is many. But, is the removed context make my PC faster very significantly? hmm, ive seen this before, but now i would like to try it!

    Thanks!

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 25, 2012 at 1:16 am

      I've seen some buggy ones add delays, so it can -- it will only be noticeable if you have a buggy one, though.

  5. Luis Gallegos
    August 28, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks Trevor Williams & Chris Hoffman for that tips and on of visiting “Programs and Features” (formerly “Add/Remove Programs”) and uninstalling any applications that might have been created by those entries, Before removing context menu entries, makes it mucho easier!

    Very useful information thanks.

    Luis M. G.

  6. Alan Wade
    August 28, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Getting a new PC or a re-install wont stop the amount of entries in the right click 'New' folder. I mean that is the first thing I attack, just how many of the shortcuts in that folder do you actually use? With me its two - Folder and Shortcut so that is all I have.

  7. Chris Hoffman
    August 28, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Or reinstall Windows (or restore your computer's recovery partition)!

  8. Joe Cool
    August 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Hey All,

    Chris mentions that if you use Nirsoft's ShellExView to make changes you will need to reboot your system for the changes to take effect.

    Well, I've discovered that you can make the changes take effect immediately without the need for a reboot if you do a system refresh using another of Nirsoft's tools named Nircmd, available here:

    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd.html

    Nircmd provides a command named "sysrefresh" that initiates a general system refresh (which basically means applying the registry changes immediately instead of waiting for the system to do things in its own good time). You'll need to use the command-line version, nircmdc.exe, since the GUI version always seems to want to copy itself to the Windows directory, but doesn't do anything else.

    • Chris Hoffman
      August 28, 2012 at 1:24 am

      Oh, very cool, thanks! I was wondering why CCleaner could do that but ShellExView couldn't.

  9. lance burn
    August 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Im gona use ccleaner as I have it installed already.

  10. venkatp16
    August 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks , good article. I' using CCcleaner but never seen this option.

    • Chris Hoffman
      August 28, 2012 at 1:12 am

      It's a fairly new feature!

  11. sanjay_addya
    August 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    really helpful thanx

  12. GrrGrrr
    August 25, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks Chris. For me Ccleaner shows 18 entries. Few with Key as Directory, File and Drive. Could you pls help understanding the difference between these keys?

    • Chris Hoffman
      August 28, 2012 at 1:13 am

      They're shown when you right-click the type of item. For example, a Directory item is shown when you right-click a folder (directory). The others are shown when you right-click a file or drive (for example, C:)

      • GrrGrrr
        August 28, 2012 at 5:27 pm

        Thanks Chris, i got it now.

  13. Dan Valentin
    August 25, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I prefer to this in the old fashioned way, not by using ectra applications.

    • Chris Hoffman
      August 28, 2012 at 1:14 am

      Fair enough, but many (most) readers won't!

  14. Emmanuel Olalere
    August 25, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks for the tip, will try it out sometime

  15. Ganesh Kumar
    August 25, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    useful information thanks

  16. Silviu Despa
    August 25, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I have tried this but it didin't really seem to change anything :(...

    • Chris Hoffman
      August 28, 2012 at 1:15 am

      Depends on whether you have a misbehaving application in your right-click menu.

    • Chris Hoffman
      August 28, 2012 at 1:15 am

      Depends on whether you have a misbehaving application in your right-click menu.

  17. Alan Wade
    August 25, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Clearing out my right click context menu's is something that I attack firstly after a re-install then once a month. I use the good old registry method as the first entry to get a cleanup is the 'New' entry. Once I have removed not only program entries but system entries that I dont want, I then put in my own to frequently used folers and apps.

    • Chris Hoffman
      August 28, 2012 at 1:16 am

      It's too bad they removed Windows XP's GUI for this.

  18. Ben Mordecai
    August 25, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Wow this is surprisingly helpful.

  19. James Graham
    August 25, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Thanks! I never realized CC Cleaner did this!

  20. Nguyen Tran
    August 25, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Thanks a lot, Chris Hoffman!

  21. Erlis Dhima
    August 24, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I think context-menu should really be organized. Since many programs are installed on the computer, a lot of context menu options are added. But not all of them are needed! I removed a lot of them time ago.. Also for those who know how to edit the computer register, it even better! I added some necessary options for playing video with MPC, and some others!
    Anyway, I think your post is really great! But adding a section as advanced, using registry keys, won't be as bad option... Even if there are thousands of programs out there!

  22. Nart Barileva
    August 24, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I've been trying to find something like this for a while now!

  23. Trevor Sullivan
    August 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Before blindly removing context menu entries, you might want to visit "Programs and Features" (formerly "Add/Remove Programs") and uninstall any applications that might have created those entries.

    Cheers,
    Trevor Sullivan

    • Chris Hoffman
      August 28, 2012 at 1:16 am

      True enough, but some misbehaving apps won't uninstall properly. Or, you might want to remove a context menu entry and leave its associated program installed.

      • Sebastian Cork
        November 1, 2012 at 10:23 pm

        Both, great points considered.

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