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Editor for Windows Explorer’s context menu

So when I right-click a file in Explorer I have a bunch of added menu items.

There are a few I would like to keep however. How can I remove the ones that I want to?


You can do that with ShellExView; note that this file is clean, Sophos gives a false positive...

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An alternative is to use Autoruns which allows you to clean up the same and a lot more...

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    @NamGiVU: False positive, have you even read what NirSoft is? No, you haven't, so you can't conclude that it's a virus. Read up here and you'll see that it is a Hacking Tool and even has aliases saying not-a-virus. Of course, normal users don't need shell extension viewers thus it is a Potentionally Unwanted Application. Real viruses trigger multiple scanners, anyway... – Tamara Wijsman May 3 '12 at 17:12
  • Awesome busted! I didn't double-check it. You enlarge me. Thank you. By the way, I think virustotal should provide better service - put some icon to link to the page like yours so as user like me would be noticed of such false alarm. – Nam G VU May 3 '12 at 17:19
  • @NamGiVU: True; on the other hand, I learned that Sophos seems to be nice to find potential tools on computers (to see if someone was messing around). Thanks for that! Also nice that you consequently verify your downloads with VirusTotal... :) – Tamara Wijsman May 3 '12 at 17:20

Most programs that nest in the context menu offer an option of removing that. Usually found in the program's properties as something like "Add context menu option".

Just found this from http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/article02-026:

  • Select Folder Options from the Tools menu in My Computer or Explorer, and click the File Types tab.
  • Highlight the desired file type, and click Advanced.
  • Here, you can specify a new name for this file type (to be listed in the type column in Explorer), as well as the default icon for files of this type.
  • In the box entitled Actions, is a list of the customizable context menu items. The bold item is the default (the action carried out when you double-click on a file of this type).
  • You can add new items, change the default action, and remove unwanted items here. For new items, simply specify the program with which you want the action caried out.

Might be worth a try also.

  • Thanks but that doesn't work on Windows 7. – Kredns Jun 27 '10 at 22:37
  • Okay too bad ;) Good luck with finding something! Suggest you check out one of the other answers! They look promising! =) – Pylsa Jun 27 '10 at 22:47

Try Menu Maid, easier to use than ShellExView for this sort of thing.


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  • Your link has broken, can you fix it? – Tamara Wijsman May 3 '12 at 17:18
  • Try it again, fixed. – Moab May 3 '12 at 18:37

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