How to Fix a Delayed Right-Click Menu in Windows 10

Dave LeClair 27-05-2016

You know what’s really annoying? Right-clicking your desktop How to Declutter the Right Click Menu the Easy Way Sick of having a right click menu that's filled with a bunch of shortcuts you don't need? Clear them up with this one tool! Read More to get access to the context menu and having to wait upwards of four seconds for it to open. Is a few seconds going to make or break your day? Probably not, but it’s not the way Windows 10 should work!


This tends to happen because the context menu is loading third-party graphics options Will NVIDIA's New Maxwell GPUs Revolutionize PC Gaming? Read More that will appear in the menu. Thankfully, you can get rid of them!

First, you need to edit a registry file How to Use Windows Batch File Commands to Automate Repetitive Tasks Do you frequently execute boring and repetitive tasks? A batch file might be exactly what you’re looking for. Use it to automate actions. We'll show you the commands you need to know. Read More . Just type regedit into your Windows 10 search box. Once you’re in the editor, you’re going to need to navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\ shellex\ContextMenuHandlers

Under that key, you’ll see a few folders. The two that are giving you issues are igfxcui and igfxDTCM, which are Intel Graphics Options and Intel Graphics Properties. If you have NVIDIA graphics, you’ll need to delete NvCplDesktopContext. Delete all of these by right-clicking them and selecting Delete.

Registry EditorDelete

Close the editor and right-click your desktop. The context menu should appear instantly. If it doesn’t restart your PC and you’ll be good to go!


What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever edited in the Windows registry? How did it work out?

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Related topics: Windows 10, Windows Registry, Windows Tricks.

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  1. makeuseof rookie
    May 29, 2020 at 8:08 am

    thanks, this worked out beautifully. I only had NvCplDesktopContext (which is weird because I don't have an nvidia card), and deleting it helped

  2. Anonymous
    May 27, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I Was Hoping This Tweak Of Yours Would Fix My Control Panel SubMenus Issues, But It Did Not.

    Oh Well, Thank You, Anyway.