Posted 17 February 2009 - 04:11 PM
Right Click Content Menu
How to manage and change Right Click Content Menu
Always when you right click on a file you get a Right Click Content Menu. Are wondering how to get rid of some of the items in the menu?
This Right Click Content is stored in your registry. For a normal user there are literally about 500 to 5000 record in the registry shell with all sort of right click items. An application such as Winamp comes along with more than 200 (according to my estimates). Each file extension (such as .exe, .mp3, .jpg) has its own unique content that appears on right click.
Some right click items appear for each file regardless its extension (such as Add to WinZip, Scan with Spybot S&D). This you can see easily in your registry, when you go to START/RUN and type regedit:
Warning: Changing Registry values could be dangerous if you do not know what you are doing don't do it.
In the Registry access:
Note that * stands for a right click on any file type.
Now you should see most of your right click menu items e.g. WinRan. To temporarily disable one item, double click on that item e.g. WinRar and type a - in front of the value. Now WinRar is disabled for your right click. To get it back, simply remove the -.
This is just to demonstrate how the right click content menu works. Since there are many file extension (e.g. .mp3, .mp4, .jpg) you could never manually manage all of them. Thus always the best way is to go to the program properties, and look for the options that handle right click content menu. Each program has such options. E.g. in WinRar look for the settings called Shell Integration.
If a program does not have an option to deactivate its own registry shell values, you would need to uninstall the whole program (I would do so, because I do not like programs that add stuff to your system, and don't give you an option to remove it).
However, even when you uninstall a program it can happen that the right click content menu stays in the registry, and shows at your right click. Then you could try to delete the keys manually, or use some of those famous programs that clean your registry automatically.
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