My question is similar to this one, except mine differs in one part:

The right click (context) menu is minimal and clean on a fresh installation of Windows

I have to disagree. There are at least 5 context-menu items in a "clean" install of Windows I never use:

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It wouldn't be such a big deal if I didn't later want to add at least 6 more items to the menu (Vim, 7-zip, Tortoise HG/Git/SVN, etc.). Between the built-in items and my additions, there's almost two dozen items, and that's when it really starts to feel bloated.

Is there any way to remove the Windows built-in items from the right-click context menu?


When dealing with Windows contextual menus, it's only possible to manipulate shell extensions through the use of 3rd party software and/or registry hacks. However, these particular options are not extensions - they are hardcoded into the Windows operating system itself, so you will not be able to remove or hide them.

  • I'm hoping someone clever will someday figure out how to hack those items out. May 8 '14 at 13:45
  • yep, couldn't agree more. Linux here we come, here we come, here we come. Mar 8 '15 at 12:32

I was gonna ask a similar question about the Windows 7 "Extract all..." right-click option, and apparently there's a hack to remove it!

Here's how: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3233-extract-all-context-menu-add-remove-windows.html

Don't know about the other context menu items though...

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