How to Declutter the Right Click Menu the Easy Way

Joel Lee 13-01-2016

On a fresh installation of Windows, the Right Click Menu (also called the Context Menu) is relatively clean and organized. However, as you install more and more tools onto your system, you may find that it quickly gets cluttered.



For example, in the screenshot above, you can see that my own Context Menu is packed with a bunch of shortcuts — many of which I’ve never used and never intend to use. Wouldn’t it be nice to clean it up without having to uninstall the programs?

With ShellMenuView and ShellExView, you can!


ShellMenuView lists all of the menu items registered on your system and allows you to disable them on an individual basis. If you can’t find an item with ShellMenuView, then you’ll probably find it with ShellExView, which is for shell extensions.


Both programs are portable (no installation needed), so you can carry them around on a USB drive Are USB Flash Drives Still Worth It In 2015? USB flash drives are great for storage, but they have so many other uses. Here's how they're worth their weight in gold. Read More for convenience wherever you go.

And it’s not just about clutter. Depending on which menu items you remove, it might even speed up your system performance Make Windows 7 Faster By Removing Context Menu Entries Windows 7’s context menus can become cluttered 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... Read More . If you’d like to add custom menu items instead, there are ways to do that as well 10 Best Shortcuts to Add to Your Right-Click Menu The context menu that pops up whenever you perform a right-click can help you become more productive. With the right tool, customizing the shortcuts within it is a breeze. Read More .

Did you know about this? Which context menu items do you use most and which ones will you remove for good? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. phritzg
    January 15, 2016 at 12:49 am

    I've been using Right Click Enhancer for several years; it also gives me a lot of control over the right click menu.

    • Joel Lee
      January 22, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      Right Click Enhancer is also a good one, yeah. :)

  2. Anonymous
    January 14, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    I wish there was a way to push some of the entries off to a submenu. I use most of them, just not often.

    • Joel Lee
      January 22, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      Oh that would be pretty awesome! If you find something like that, please do let us know.

  3. Anonymous
    January 13, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    NIRSOFT Has Lots Of Small Utilities Like These Ones.

    Have Used The Site For Years.


    • Anonymous
      January 13, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      The 2 NIRSOFT Links Point To The Same First Utility.


      • Joel Lee
        January 22, 2016 at 7:35 pm

        Whoops, you're right. Link fixed. Thanks!

        • Anonymous
          January 22, 2016 at 10:19 pm


          Keep Them Coming.