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In a recent update a new Share with Skype context menu item has appeared. How can this item be removed?

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PS: There is some information here, but it's not complete: https://www.reddit.com/r/skype/comments/fkxbhw/q_context_menu_share_with_skype/

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In case you are using the Skype App, removing the context menu item is trickier.

One way is to delete DllPath under

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\PackagedCom\Package\Microsoft.SkypeApp_15.61.100.0_x86__kzf8qxf38zg5c\Class\{776DBC8D-7347-478C-8D71-791E12EF49D8} 

However updates to the app will probably restore this. Adding the following REG_SZ key

"{776DBC8D-7347-478C-8D71-791E12EF49D8}"="Skype"

to

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked]

is probably a good idea. Restart Windows to take effect.

Blocking Skype Explorer extension


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    Confirm adding the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked key (of type REG_SZ) works on Windows 10, build 18362.959. Restart is required. – AlainD Jul 17 '20 at 11:09
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    After new updates kept reenabling it under different key names, I was beginning to get tired of removing it every time. Adding it to the Blocked list removed it permanently for me on Win10 version 2004. And, you don't need to restart the computer; simply restarting explorer.exe is enough. – Alex Essilfie Jul 30 '20 at 2:01
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    It doesn't seem to work on Win10 20H2 on skype 8.66.0.77 – Odys Nov 20 '20 at 18:37
  • I think the class ref changed to {F2CC526B-08C7-4E0E-BA62-74A53C4AB446}, but that does not work for me. (Perhaps I have to restart). – Ajasja Nov 21 '20 at 0:52
  • @Ajasja I actually had 2 entries in my context menu. The above solution removed one for me. I tried your suggestion but allas, no luck even after a restart. I'm running Win 10 x64 20H2 after a clean install so no previous versions were present on this system. – Jakke Dec 16 '20 at 2:27
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On Windows 8 and Windows 10, RegEdit found the entry at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\ShareWithSkype

Deleted that, and the item disappeared from the context menu immediately - no need to reboot / log out.

No need to mess with ShellExView 2.01 because Skype did not show up there anyway.

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    Hmm, I don't see that entry i.stack.imgur.com/Ept6f.png on windows 10. – Ajasja Jul 17 '20 at 2:58
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    At some point between April and July, Microsoft changed the way this works. Also see the answer from @Ajasja if this does not work for you. – AlainD Jul 17 '20 at 11:11
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As of Windows 10 version 2004, you can do the following to remove the "Share with Skype" from the context menu:

  1. Run the following REG ADD command in an elevated cmd:

    REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked" /v {776DBC8D-7347-478C-8D71-791E12EF49D8} /d Skype
    
  2. Restart the explorer to see the effect.

Update: Works in Windows 10 version 20H2 too.

* Based on the answer given by Ajasja. So all credits go to him. I merely created the REG command.

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There are two main entries for "Share with Skype" in registry.

  • To disable one from Skype for Desktop use following .reg file:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\ShareWithSkype]
"LegacyDisable"=""

Method above survives reinstall. It also survives install if .reg file is merged before installation, so hopefully will survive updates too.
Deleting Skype via Control Panel also wipes this tweak, so manual reinstall requires .reg file to be merged again after deletion/installation.

  • To disable another one from Skype for Windows 10 use following .reg file:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked]
"{776DBC8D-7347-478C-8D71-791E12EF49D8}"="Skype"
  • THANK YOU SIR, top answer! I did have them both, first tried the other solutions mentioned above but I kept with 1 remaining...now they're both gone. You made my day :) – Jakke Dec 16 '20 at 2:34
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The location has changed to:

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\PackagedCom\Package\Microsoft.SkypeApp_15.61.87.0_x86__kzf8qxf38zg5c\Class\{776DBC8D-7347-478C-8D71-791E12EF49D8}

Manually delete the DllPath value in the Registry Editor. Note that as the application updates it may change so take note of the path and look for a similaur GUID.

  • Testing this out now – nights Aug 1 '20 at 10:12
  • Worked immediately without logoff or reboot... however: it came back a week later with a different path after Skype auto-updated. (Now Microsoft.SkypeApp_15.63.76.0_x86__kzf8qxf38zg5c instead of Microsoft.SkypeApp_15.61.87.0_x86__kzf8qxf38zg5c.) – StackzOfZtuff Aug 10 '20 at 8:21
  • @StackzOfZtuff I also had this behaviour. I understand it to appear with skype for business updates.. if they even update that anymore. – TeamAliasName Aug 10 '20 at 11:18

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