I noticed today that I have a new Explorer context menu item called "Ticino" when I right-click a file on Windows 7. What is it?

"Ticino" item in Windows Explorer context menu


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The "Ticino" item is added to the Windows Explorer context menu by early versions of Visual Studio Code Preview. It opens the selected file in Code for editing.

Previous versions of Code did not remove the item properly during uninstallation. According to the Code FAQ Microsoft fixed the issue as of version 0.3.0.

Q: I uninstalled Visual Studio Code on my Windows machine. Why do I still see Code in my Windows Explorer context menu?

A: We fixed this in VS Code 0.3.0.

Previously you may have needed to manually remove the following registry keys:

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    it brings some HATE!
    – cnd
    Aug 21, 2015 at 11:28
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    I downloaded, installed and uninstalled the latest version of VS Code and it is STILL there...
    – Matt Canty
    Oct 26, 2015 at 14:07
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    I removed this and it's gone: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\directory\background\shell\Ticino
    – Matt Canty
    Oct 26, 2015 at 14:13
  • @MattCanty This is obviously some strange usage of the word "fixed" that I wasn't previously aware of. As I'd have it, fixed would mean "we've cleaned up the mess we left behind" not just "we've stopped making more mess". My mother would agree. Apr 5, 2016 at 13:36
  • @MattCanty Your comment should be the answer! Your comment worked for me. Apr 6, 2016 at 10:14

Should you want to remove this (in case you uninstalled one of the early versions of VS Code and won't install a newer one) remove the "Ticino" folder from this regedit paths:

  • \HKEY_CLASS_ROOT\*\shell
  • \HKEY_CLASS_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell
  • \HKEY_CLASS_ROOT\Directory\shell
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    Why do you suggest to delete the keys ? The user may need this program, and he didn't requested to get rid of this at all ! He just asked what this context menu item was !
    – Ob1lan
    May 29, 2015 at 6:24
  • I came here via Google looking at how to remove it, so this is a useful answer.
    – Piku
    Feb 21, 2016 at 10:59

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