How to Disable Shell Menus with ShellMenuView

Four Parts:Downloading ShellMenuViewViewing Menu ItemsDisabling Menu ItemsEnabling Menu Items

The Windows context menu is a set of options that comes out when you right-click on a file or folder. It contains some basic Windows default commands to make users’ lives easier. When you install programs, sometimes they tend to add options or sets of options in this context menu. This tends to make your context menu messy and cluttered, and there’s no easy way to remove them other than going through the Windows registry manually. ShellMenuView is a free utility that allows for easier manipulation of items in your context menu. You can use this application to disable the unwanted shell menu items on the context menu, without going through the hassle and risk of editing your Windows registry.

Part 1
Downloading ShellMenuView

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    Download ShellMenuView. Go to http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shell_menu_view.html and download ShellMenuView. Look for the download links towards the bottom of the page.
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    Install the program. Locate the downloaded file and unzip it first. The file is named shmnview.zip. From the unzipped files, double-click on shmnview.exe to install the program.
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    Run the program. Locate the program shortcut from the Start menu or from your desktop. Double-click on it to launch the program.

Part 2
Viewing Menu Items

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    View contents. Upon running the program, a list of context menu options and commands will be listed in a simple tabular format.
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    Sort the items. Click on any of the column headers to sort and organize the menu items. The File Type and Type Description are good columns to start with.
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    Find items. Go through the list and locate the programs that has menu items on your context menu you’d like to remove. Most of the menu items can be identified with the programs they’re associated with through their names.

Part 3
Disabling Menu Items

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    Exercise caution. Before making any changes, make sure you exercise caution. Any wrong manipulation can cause Windows to be unstable.
    • You may want to do a system restore point before proceeding.
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    Select a menu item. Click on the menu item you’d like to disable.
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    Disable the menu item. While the selected menu item is highlighted, click the red circle button on the action toolbar. This will disable the selected menu item.
    • Click the “Yes” button on the confirmation dialog box when you’re done.
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    View the disabled item. You will notice that menu items are disabled by looking at the Disabled column. All those marked with Yes are disabled.
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    Disable more items. Repeat Steps 2 to 4 to disable more menu items.
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    Reboot your computer. All the changes you’re making will only take effect after your reboot your computer.

Part 4
Enabling Menu Items

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    Note the reason for enabling. If for some reason you want to re-enable menu items you’ve disabled from Part 3, you can still use ShellMenuView to do so. Before making any changes, make sure you exercise caution. Any wrong manipulation can cause Windows to be unstable.
    • You may want to do a system restore point before proceeding.
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    Select a menu item. Click on the menu item you’d like to enable.
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    Enable a menu item. While the selected menu item is highlighted, click the green circle button on the action toolbar. This will enable the selected menu item.
    • Click the “Yes” button on the confirmation dialog box when you’re done.
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    View the enabled item. You will notice which menu items are enabled by looking at the Disabled column. All those marked with No are enabled.
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    Enable more items. Repeat Steps 2 to 4 to enable more menu items.
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    Reboot your computer. All the changes you’re making will only take effect after your reboot your computer.
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