How to Add & Remove Entries from the Windows Right-Click Menu

Ben Stegner 12-01-2017

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You probably use the right-click context menu in the File Explorer every day, but over time it gets cluttered with entries you don’t care about. If it takes you ten seconds to scroll down to the context menu entry you need, use these tools to tidy it up.

Remove Unneeded Entries

Just like adding a desktop shortcut and setting itself to run at startup, a lot of Windows software adds a context menu entry when you install it. Sometimes, these are useful, like quickly unzipping a compressed file with 7-Zip, but you probably have plenty more that you’ve never touched.

Have a look now: open a File Explorer window and right-click any file. How many of these shortcuts have you used in the past month?

Thankfully, we can get rid of these extraneous entries without much trouble. The excellent tool CCleaner makes this a cinch, so head on over to the download page and install a copy if you don’t use it already. Once you’ve installed it, open CCleaner and click the Tools button on the left sidebar. Choose the Startup tab, then select Context Menu above the list to show those entries.



This list is fairly self-explanatory. You can disable any entry by right-clicking it and choosing Disable. Each app’s status is shown, along with the associated program and publisher. You may have difficulty distinguishing between multiple entries from one program, so keep a window open for testing while you make changes here.

Add Useful Shortcuts

Once you’ve removed junk you don’t need, the next step is adding cool shortcuts that you’ll actually use. For this, the free tool Right Click Enhancer (RCE) provides everything you’ll need. Install that, and let’s walk through what you can do with it. We’ve looked at RCE in-depth before, so we’ll hit the highlights this time.

Once you open RCE, you’ll see a list of utilities included in the app.

Right Click Tweaker

Right Click Tweaker adds new shortcuts to your right-click menu. Each item in the list contains a brief description; some of the best shortcuts 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  are:

  • Encrypt: If you often encrypt files to keep them from prying eyes, this shortcut lets you do so even faster.
  • Copy Content lets you copy a text file’s contents right onto your clipboard without opening it.

Send to Manager

The Send to entry appears in the right-click menu, and branches out to a menu of its own. Most people use this menu to quickly create a desktop shortcut or zip a file, but you can add much more using this utility.


Have a look over the existing entries, and use the red X icon to remove any of them you don’t use. Most people probably never use the Fax Recipient option, so you can cut that and save space. To add more items, use the two icons at the top of the window to add a folder location or a program. You could add a “to-do” folder here, or perhaps your image editing program to quickly send images to.

Right Click Editor IE

Chances are, you don’t use internet Explorer much anymore. It’s only included in Windows 10 for compatibility, and you can install a superior browser on any version of Windows. However, if there’s a specific entry on the right-click menu in IE bothering you, you can remove it here. The app also lets you add a script to the right-click menu, but we doubt anyone will need this.


New Menu Editor

Yet another sub-menu when you right-click is the New menu, which lets you quickly create a new file of various types. Programs often install shortcuts in this menu, allowing you to create a new LibreOffice or Photoshop document without opening their programs.


Using this editor, you can remove any entry that you don’t often use. It also lets you browse through every currently disabled file type, so you can create a new MP3 file from the shortcut menu if you desire.

RCE Professional

Everything above comes with the free version of the application, but there’s a $10 Professional upgrade available, as well. Its two main advantages are adding sub-menus to the right-click menu, and adding shortcuts to programs and files to the right-click menu. If you want to go all-out in your customizing, $10 isn’t a bad price. However, there’s still plenty you can do with the free version, so try that first.


Get Customizing!

Unfortunately, many of the tools that we covered years ago for additional right-click functionality Customize Your Windows Right-Click Menu with These Tools Who doesn't love a shortcut? We have compiled three tools that let you add custom shortcuts to your Windows right-click or context window. Read More are abandoned and don’t work on modern versions of Windows. However, these two utilities should provide all you need to get your right-click menus in order. By removing entries you never use and adding shortcuts that save time, you’ll be zipping around menus faster than before.

For more quick customization, check out creative ways to launch software and access folders Creative Ways to Launch Software & Open Folders in Windows Tired of searching for shortcuts on your desktop? In Windows, you can quickly access anything you want, you just have to take the time to set it up. We have compiled your options. Read More .

Is your right-click menu a mess? Let us know which entries you cut from the list, and which shortcuts are most useful for you!

Related topics: File Explorer, Windows Customization.

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  1. Loopy Cooney
    January 17, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    cc cleaner does not work. The programs I disabled still show on the right click menu

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  4. rivera
    January 16, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Please use Long Path Tool If you are having long file name