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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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Here's the non-registry, non-download way to uninstall the Notepad++ shell extension. Using the Command Prompt as an admin, run the following:

  1. cd "\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++"1
  2. regsvr32 /u NppShell_06.dll2

To make this change active, you may need to restart explorer.

You can also reinstall the extension and get customization options:

regsvr32 /i NppShell_06.dll

1: If you use 32-bit Windows or installed Notepad++ in a different folder, the path may be different.

2: NppShell_06.dll is the correct filename for the most recent version of Notepad++ (6.6.9). If NppShell_06.dll is not found, you may have a different version.


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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 '14 at 17:58
Perfect, quick and easy solution. Thank you (+1). I updated it to current (6.6.9) version of Notepad++. Waiting until it is peer reviewed. –  trejder Sep 23 '14 at 17:24
@Chris. I see that you completely misunderstand the idea of sharing knowledge and allowing others to change your own answer or question, since you destroyed my answer and put... this in place of it. These are fundamentals of Stack Exchange, so pity, that you don't get it... –  trejder Sep 23 '14 at 18:55
That's a rather dramatic response, don't you think? I'm happy to explain over chat why I added further changes in addition to the ones you made, if you'd like to talk about it. –  Chris Sep 24 '14 at 20:41

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