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I need to remove the annoying shell integration of Notepad++.

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How do I do that, please?

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It's one of the things I like about Notepad++. To each his own. –  Brad Patton Feb 15 '13 at 1:10

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If you are weary of editing the registry you can try ShellExView which is a free application that allows editing of Shell Extensions.

Shell Extensions are in-process COM objects which extends the abilities of Windows operating system. Most shell extensions are automatically installed by the operating system, but there are also many other applications that install additional shell extension components. For example: If you install WinZip on your computer, you'll see a special WinZip menu when you right-click on a Zip file. This menu is created by adding a shell extension to the system. The ShellExView utility displays the details of shell extensions installed on your computer, and allows you to easily disable and enable each shell extension.

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+1 but ShellExView is the name. –  harrymc Oct 19 '09 at 11:37

Open the registry editor (Start->Run) and type in "regedit".

Navigate to the following key:


You will see the key "Notepad++". Simply delete it.

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For Notepad++ specifically, here's the non-registry, non-download way to uninstall the shell extension. Using a command line in administrator mode:

C:\Windows\system32>cd "\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++"
C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++>regsvr32 /u NppShell_01.dll

You can also reinstall the extension (which is how I found it) and get customization options:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++>regsvr32 /i NppShell_01.dll


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Don't forget to restart explorer to make this change effective. –  Patrick Szalapski Dec 4 '12 at 19:37
It's NppShell_05.dll for the most recent version (v6.5.4). –  Paul Feb 24 at 17:58

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