When right clicking a file in Explorer in my Windows 10, the sub menu of the context menu entry Open with is empty. I only have the option Choose another app

When i click on the Home tab in explorer and I click on the open dropdown, I correctly get the list of associated applications for a file type.

So my question is: How can I fix the right click context menu to show the list of associated applications?

After some googling I already tried this registry file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Open With]

But that didn't fix the problem and seems to be only to restore the Open with entry if it is completely missing.

Update: It seems the context menu only shows programs from my local hard drives, and does not list programs that are on a network share. So how do I get the applications from my network share listed. (I use a drive mapping for the network share)

  • Once you choose an application via Open with, it should get added to the open-with listing (or sub-menu).. as the OpenWithList or OpenWithProgId values are populated when you choose an application. The "Open with" option you see in the ribbon works differently. – w32sh Feb 21 '16 at 16:11
  • Interesting: When I choose open with from the context menu and I choose Notepad++, the application is added to the list. But when I used a MFC or command line program, it is not added to the list whilst the ribbon list gets the entry. – Gerd K Feb 22 '16 at 13:19

If by context menu you mean This Context Menu then you need to do a few simple things, as well as be an administrator. This worked for me but may not work for you, but I hope it does.

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The first thing you want to do is head to NirSoft and download the ShellExView. After that you should run the program, and sort by Microsoft and Non-Microsoft. It should look like this.

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Then select the grey ones that you need, right-click and "Enable Selected Items".

  • Using ShellExView, I see 'Open With Context Menu Handler' as enabled. I also have the menu entry, but the list is empty. – Gerd K Feb 22 '16 at 13:13

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