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# How to remove programs from the “open with” context menu in windows

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If your “Open With” right-click menu is getting a little cluttered, why not get rid of entries you don’t use? With a little Registry hacking, it’s easy to do.

The “Open With” menu is an undeniably handy feature when you open files with multiple programs. Whenever you open a file with a particular program, that program gets added to the “Open With” context menu for that type of file. If you’ve ever accidentally opened a file with the wrong program or with a program you don’t use any more, though, you’ll probably want to get rid of a few.

Standard warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool and misusing it can render your system unstable or even inoperable. This is a pretty simple hack and as long as you stick to the instructions, you shouldn’t have any problems. That said, if you’ve never worked with it before, consider reading about how to use the Registry Editor before you get started. And definitely back up the Registry (and your computer!) before making changes.

Before you get started, you should also be aware that some built-in Microsoft programs cannot be removed this way. In this article, for example, we’re going to be working with the .PNG image file type. Both Microsoft Paint and Photos are included on the “Open With” menu. Even if we remove those entries with the procedure we’re discussing here, the programs will remain on the “Open With” menu. This procedure will, however, work with any third-party programs you have installed.

Open the Registry Editor by hitting Start and typing “regedit.” Press Enter to open Registry Editor and give it permission to make changes to your PC.

In the Registry Editor, use the left sidebar to navigate to the following key:

Inside the FileExts key, you’ll see a list of all the file extensions registered on your PC. It’s likely to be a pretty long list, but you should be able to find what you’re after. Locate the key named after the file extension for the type of file you want to change. Under that key, click the OpenWithList subkey. Here, we’re changing the “Open With” menu for .PNG image files.

On the right-hand side of Registry Editor, you’ll see a list of values named with letters. The “Data” column for each value shows the program that appears on the “Open With” menu. Just right-click the one you want to remove from the menu and then select the “Delete” option. And remember, there’s no undoing this, so we’re going to assume you took our advice and backed up your Registry ahead of time, especially if you’re making a bunch of changes at once. Of course, if you accidentally delete a program entry, you can restore it by simply opening a file with that program again.

In our example, we’re removing the PicPick program from the list because we never use it for this file type.

When Registry Editor asks if you’re sure you want to delete the value, click “Yes.”

Repeat those steps for any other programs you want to remove from the “Open With” menu for any file types. When you’re done, you can go ahead and close Registry Editor. You won’t need to restart your computer or anything. Just go check out your context menu and you’ll see that the “Open With” menu no longer contains the programs you removed.

This simple trick can help you keep your “Open With” menu tidy, showing only the programs you actually use in the list. And you can use this same trick works in all versions of Windows, from XP all the way through Windows 10.

Open With is a useful feature of the Windows operating system that allows you to open files with different programs from Explorer.

While you can map a file type such as zip to a program so that it gets opened whenever you double-click on a file of that type, you can also right-click on files and select open with to launch the file in a different program.

Windows opens an “open with” menu when you double-click on files that have no default program associated with them so that you may pick a suitable program from the list that is provided.

Sometimes, you may notice that old or unwanted programs are on the list; this happened to me the other day. I installed a new software to open archives to update a review and removed the program after I finished testing it. While the program was removed from the Windows 10 machine, the open with and “how do you want to open this” menus still listed it as one of the options. Selection did not do anything because the program was not installed anymore, and it was presented in a prominent spot on top of that.

## Remove Open With programs on Windows

Windows users have two main options when it comes to dealing with unneeded items in the Open With menu or adding new items to it:

1. Manipulate listings directly in the Windows Registry.
2. Use third-party programs for that instead.

Direct manipulation has the advantage that you don’t need to run third-party software to make the changes; the disadvantage is that it is not as easy and straightforward as what some of the third-party programs that edit Open With data offer.

### Using the Registry

Using the Registry to remove Open With items from Windows is relatively easy.

Note: Since you are deleting keys and values in the Registry you may want to create a backup first before you do so. Select File > Export in the Registry Editor to back up the selected key and data.

1. Open the Start Menu, type regedit.exe, and select the result to load the Registry Editor.
2. Confirm the UAC prompt that is displayed.
3. Go to the root key Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\

The key lists all known file types in alphabetical order.

1. Click on the file extension that you want to edit the open with programs for.
2. Select the “OpenWithList” key to list all available entries.

You delete any item listed on the page by right-clicking on it and selecting delete from the context menu. You are asked to confirm the deletion and need to select yes to delete the selected value from the Registry.

All that is left to do is repeat the process for any other program or file type that you want to remove items from.

The changes should be visible right away in the right-click open with menu in Explorer. A restart is not required.

### Using third-party software

Several applications have been created over the years to make the editing of the Open With menu more comfortable.

### OpenWithView by Nirsoft (all Windows versions)

OpenWithView is a free program for all versions of Windows that lists all applications that you may find listed under the Open With menu in Windows Explorer.

Apart from listing those apps, it allows you to disable them if you don’t need them so that they are not shown in the menu anymore from that moment on.

To disable an entry select it with the mouse and right-click afterwards. There you find the option to disable it to block it from being listed in the Open With menu. You may also use the shortcut F8 to disable entries and F7 to enable them if you prefer to use the keyboard.

OpenWithView does not offer granular controls but it lets you remove an application from any menu it may be displayed in directly.

### Open With Enhanced (Windows 7 and older)

OpenWith Enhanced improves the Windows Open With dialog. Once installed, it turns the Open With dialog into a more user friendly version.

The program uses a program association database that is constantly updated to suggest applications that can be used to open the selected file in the Windows operating system.

Installed programs are displayed with different backgrounds than programs that are not installed. A click on a program that is suggested but not installed will open the program’s home page on the Internet from where it can be downloaded to the local PC.

That’s handy for users who have no idea which program they need to open a specific file type, and users who would like to try out alternatives to programs already available on the system.

The program options are displayed with a click on Settings. Here it is possible to change the application backgrounds and label colors, the way programs are displayed in the Open With dialog, the sending of anonymous usage statistics and if the program should check for updates regularly.

Another interesting option is the ability to remove file associations for users on the system, and to remove Open With menu entries in Windows Explorer to clean up the context menu of Window’s native file management tool.

Lastly, a click on “look for the appropriate program on the Web” opens the OpenWith Enhanced database on the Internet.

### Open Expert (Windows XP and earlier)

Open Expert is probably the best application to configure the available applications for the Open With dialog for each file type in Windows. A list is populated with all Open With programs after selecting a file type from the list of available extensions.

Each program in the list can be rearranged in position or removed from the list completely. Alternatively new programs can be added from the hard drive. Open Expert is easy to use and the results are immediately visible.

Easily open your graphic files in your favorite paint programs or view your HTML files in either Netscape or Internet Explorer, just with a few mouse clicks. You can even add different versions of the same program to the OpenExpert menu.

The screenshot below shows how it works: Right-click your file, point to “Open with” and then just click on the program which should open the file. That’s how easy it is!

Please note that the program is only compatible with Windows XP and earlier versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. The program is free for personal use.

When you right-click on a file, one of the options you see is “Open With”. These usually contain what Windows thinks are valid programs to open particular file types. Now, sometimes, when you have bad installers or uninstallers, some programs leave their mark on this context menu. Basically, if you want to clean out this long list of junk that accumulates here, you have to edit the Registry.

Open the Registry Editor and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts

Now, for example, if you have to remove programs from the Open With menu for AVI files, find the extension on the left that corresponds to AVI files and click on the “+” sign to expand it and find the “OpenWithList” key. In the right pane you should see a list of programs, such as “wmplayer.exe”, “notepad.exe”, “mspaint.exe”, etc. Select the ones you don’t want and delete them.

Next, navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT and find the same extension. Again, navigate to “OpenWithList” and delete the unwanted programs. This key is where Windows reads from when using the All Users profile. Now you will only see the programs that you want in the Open With list… well, most of the time; the problem is that Windows also reads the Open With list from another registry key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\

Here’s where it reads the default Open With list from, but I strongly advise you against changing it because it might affect multiple file types.

Open with – how to add and remove menu items – technical assistance

## Content

• How to remove items from the “Open with” section
• Disable Open With Menu Items in Free OpenWithView
• How to add a program to Open With in Windows
• What to do if “Open with” is missing from the context menu

When you right-click on Windows 10, 8 and Windows 7 files, a context menu appears with basic actions for this item, including the one containing the “Open with” item and the ability to select a program other than the one selected by default. The list is convenient, but it may contain unnecessary items or not contain the necessary (for example, it is convenient for me to have the “Notepad” item in “Open with” for all file types).

This tutorial details how to remove items from this section of the Windows context menu, as well as how to add programs to Open With. Also, separately about what to do if “Open with” is not in the menu (such a bug occurs in Windows 10). See also: How to return Control Panel to Start Button Context Menu in Windows 10.

## How to remove items from the “Open with” section

If you need to remove any program from the Open With context menu item, you can do this in the Windows Registry Editor or using third-party programs.

Unfortunately, some items cannot be deleted in this way in Windows 10 – 7 (for example, those that are associated with certain file types by the operating system itself).

1. Open Registry Editor.The easiest way to do this is to press the Win + R keys on your keyboard (Win is the key with the OS logo), type regedit and press Enter.
2. In the registry editor, navigate to the section (folders on the left) HKEY_CURRENT_USER SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer FileExts File_Extension OpenWithList
3. In the right part of the registry editor, click on the item where the “Value” field contains the path to the program to be removed from the list. Select “Remove” and agree to the removal.

Usually, the item disappears immediately. If it doesn’t, restart your computer or restart Windows Explorer.

Note: if the program you want is not listed in the above registry key, see if it is here: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT File_Extension OpenWithList (including in subsections). If it is not there, then further information will be provided on how you can still remove the program from the list.

## Disable Open With Menu Items in Free OpenWithView

One of the programs that allows you to customize the items displayed in the “Open With” menu is the free OpenWithView available on the official website www.nirsoft.net/utils/open_with_view.html (some antiviruses do not like the system software from nirsfot, but it was not noticed in any “bad” things. There is also a file with the Russian language for this program on the indicated page, it must be saved in the same folder where OpenWithView is located).

After starting the program, you will see a list of items that can be displayed in the context menu for different types of files.

All that is required in order to remove a program from “Open with” is to click on it and disable it using the red button in the top menu, or in the context menu.

Judging by the reviews, the program works in Windows 7, but: when I tested it in Windows 10, I could not remove Opera from the context menu using it, nevertheless, the program turned out to be useful:

1. If you double-click on an unnecessary item, you will see information about how it is registered in the registry.
2. After that, you can search the registry and delete these keys. In my case, it turned out to be 4 different locations, after cleaning which I still managed to get rid of Opera for HTML files.

An example of registry locations from point 2, deleting which can help remove an unnecessary item from “Open with” (there may be similar for other programs):

• HKEY_CURRENT_USER SOFTWARE Classes Program Name Shell Open (deleted the entire “Open” section).
• HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Classes Applications Program Name Shell Open
• HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Classes Program Name Shell Open
• HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Clients StartMenuInternet Program Name Shell Open (this clause seems to only apply to browsers).

Seems like it’s all about deleting items. Let’s move on to adding them.

## How to add a program to Open With in Windows

If you need to add an additional item to the “Open With” menu, then the easiest way to do this is using standard Windows tools:

1. Right-click on the file type for which you want to add a new item.
2. In the “Open With” menu, select “Choose another application” (in Windows 10, this text, in Windows 7, seems to be different, like the next step, but the essence is the same).
3. Select a program from the list or click “Find another application on this computer” and specify the path to the program that you want to add to the menu.
4. Click Ok.

After opening a file once using the program of your choice, it will forever appear in the “Open with” list for this file type.

All this can be done using the registry editor, but the path is not the easiest:

1. Under the registry editor HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT Applications create a subsection with the name of the executable file of the program, and in it the structure of subsections shell open command (see the following screenshot).
2. Double click on the “Default” value in the command section and in the “Value” field specify the full path to the required program.
3. In chapter HKEY_CURRENT_USER SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer FileExts File_Extension OpenWithList create a new string parameter with a name consisting of one letter of the Latin alphabet in the next place after the already existing parameter names (i.e. if there is already a, b, c, set the name d).
4. Double-click on the parameter and specify the value that matches the name of the program executable file created in step 1 of the section.
5. Double click on the parameter MRUList and in the letter queue, specify the letter (parameter name) created in step 3 (the order of letters is arbitrary, the order of items in the “Open with” menu depends on them.

Close the registry editor. Usually, you do not need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

## What to do if “Open with” is missing from the context menu

Some Windows 10 users are faced with the fact that the “Open with” item is not in the context menu. If you have a problem, you can fix it using the Registry Editor:

1. Open Registry Editor (Win + R, type regedit).
2. Go to section HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT * shellex ContextMenuHandlers
3. In this section, create a subkey named “Open With”.
4. Double click on the default string value inside the created section and type in the “Value” field.

Click OK and close the registry editor – the “Open with” item should appear where it should be.

That’s all, I hope everything works as expected and required. If not, or if you have additional questions on the topic – leave comments, I will try to answer.

### #1 achzone

I fixed this problem back in Windows XP days but buggered if I can fix it in Windows 10. I’ve googled the topic to death and can’t find a registry solution or utility that will allow me to remove the specific entries shown in the included graphic.

When I right-click a graphic in Windows 10 File Explorer , I have a ton of programs in the ” Open with ” context menu items that I want to get rid of, but no matter what I’ve tried, there appears to be no way to clear that sections’ history of programs.

I have tried many context menu editing utilities, including Nirsoft’s ShellExView , ShellMenuView ,and OpenWithView – None of them helped.

have also tried editing the registry by removing entries from the relevant .jpg, .jpeg, .png, etc extensions in the ” HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\ folder in the registry with Regedit as per the article I found listed here: https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/how-to-clean-up-your-messy-windows-context-menu/ but that made no difference to the “Open with” section I want to clear the history from when right-clicking any graphics file in File Explorer.

In fact, none of the programs in my pic below existed in the OpenWithList registry folder under all of the graphics extensions, apart from the Microsoft ones like Paint.

I have also tried resetting all of Windows 10 settings to default and that didn’t help either.

Surely there “must” be an MRU folder somewhere in the registry that holds the entries listed, but no amount of searching for a solution has helped thus far. To illustrate the problem graphically, please see the snapshot provided below.

I hate being beaten and refuse to be! There has to be a solution.

Does anyone have any ideas of how to solve this?

Thanks for any help,

Andrew Leniart – IT Professional / Freelance Journalist

Helping others, to help themselves for 20+ Years

Links to all my Articles & Tutorials can be found at this link (Contains no Ads or Nags)

How to remove items from the Windows 10 context menu – technical assistance

## Content

• Checking with Windows Defender
• Edit with Paint 3D
• Edit with Photos app
• Transfer to device (play on device)
• Context menu editing programs

The context menu of files and folders in Windows 10 has been replenished with new items, many of which some never use: Edit using the Photos app, Edit using Paint 3D, Transfer to device, Scan using Windows Defender, and a few others.

If these items of the context menu interfere with your work, and perhaps you want to remove some other items, for example, added by third-party programs, you can do this in several ways, which will be discussed in this manual. See also: How to remove and add items in the Open With context menu, Editing the Windows 10 Start context menu.

First – about removing some of the “built-in” menu items manually that appear for image and video files, other types of files and folders, and then – about some free utilities that allow you to do this automatically (and also remove unnecessary additional context menu items).

Note: the operations performed can theoretically break something. Before proceeding, I recommend creating a Windows 10 restore point.

## Checking with Windows Defender

The Windows Defender Scan menu item appears for all file types and folders in Windows 10 and allows you to scan an item for viruses using Windows Defender’s built-in defender.

If you want to remove this item from the context menu, you can do this using the Registry Editor.

1. Press Win + R keys on your keyboard, type regedit and press Enter.
2. In Registry Editor, navigate to

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT * shellex ContextMenuHandlers EPP, and delete this key.
Repeat the same for the section

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT Directory shellex ContextMenuHandlers EPP

After that, close the registry editor, exit and enter the system (or restart the explorer) – the unnecessary item will disappear from the context menu.

## Edit with Paint 3D

To remove the Edit with Paint 3D item from the context menu of image files, follow these steps.

In Registry Editor, navigate to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Classes SystemFileAssociations .bmp Shell, and remove the “3D Edit” value from it.

• Repeat the same for .gif, .webp, .jpeg, .png subsections in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Classes SystemFileAssociations
• After uninstalling, close the registry editor and restart Explorer, or log out and log back in.

## Edit with Photos app

Another context menu item that appears for image files is Edit with Photos Application.

To delete it in the registry key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT AppX43hnxtbyyps62jhe9sqpdzxn1790zetc Shell ShellEdit create a string parameter named ProgrammaticAccessOnly.

## Transfer to device (play on device)

The item “Transfer to device” can be useful for transferring content (video, images, audio) to a consumer TV, audio system or other device via Wi-Fi or LAN, provided that the device supports DLNA playback (see How to connect a TV to a computer or laptop via Wi-Fi).

If you do not need this item, then:

1. Start Registry Editor.
2. Go to section

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Shell Extensions

• Within this section, create a subkey named Blocked (if not present).
• Inside the Blocked section create a new string parameter named
• After exiting and re-entering Windows 10, or after restarting the computer, the Transfer to Device item will disappear from the context menu.

## Context menu editing programs

You can also change the context menu items using third-party free programs. Sometimes this is more convenient than manually fixing something in the registry.

If you only need to remove the context menu items that appeared in Windows 10, then I can recommend the Winaero Tweaker utility. In it, you will find the necessary options in the Context Menu – Remove Default Entries section (mark the items that need to be removed from the context menu). Another program in Russian is EasyContextMenu.

Just in case, I will translate the points:

• 3D Print with 3D Builder – remove 3D printing using 3D Builder.
• Scan with Windows Defender – scan with Windows Defender.
• Cast to Device – transfer to device.
• BitLocker context menu entries – BiLocker menu items.
• Edit with Paint 3D – edit with Paint 3D.
• Extract All – extract everything (for ZIP archives).
• Burn disc image – Burn the image to disc.
• Share with – Share.
• Restore Previous Versions – Restore previous versions.
• Pin to Start – Pin to the start screen.
• Pin to Taskbar – Pin to taskbar.
• Troubleshoot Compatibility – Fix compatibility issues.

Read more about the program, where to download it and other useful functions in it in a separate article: Configuring Windows 10 with Winaero Tweaker.

Another program that can be used to remove other context menu items is ShellMenuView. With it, you can disable both system and third-party unnecessary context menu items.

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How to add apps to the context menu in Windows 11

### How to add apps to the context menu in Windows 11

It is possible to add any application the Windows 11 context menu with a couple of tweaks to the Windows Registry file. We show you how it works.

Image: Microsoft

With the release of Windows 11, Microsoft decided to shorten the length of the standard context menu in Windows Explorer (reached by right-clicking a filename or folder). The idea was to show only the most commonly used potential apps for that specific file type, which sounds good in theory, but it is not always the best solution for power users.

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In a previous article, we discussed how to change the new shorter context menu back to a more familiar and longer Windows 10 version using the Windows 11 Registry file. Now, we will explain the process necessary to add applications to the context menu that Microsoft saw fit to leave off their approved list of apps.

## How to add apps to the Windows 11 context menu

For the purposes of this Windows 11 Registry file edit, we are assuming you have already modified Windows 11 to use the longer version of the context menu. However, if you have not, this tip will still work, only any new apps you add to the context menu will be displayed on the “Show more options” submenu of the default Windows 11 system.

Disclaimer: Editing the Windows Registry file is a serious undertaking. A corrupted Windows Registry file could render your computer inoperable, requiring a reinstallation of the Windows operating system and potential loss of data. Back up the Windows Registry file and create a valid restore point before you proceed.

To make our edits in the Windows 11 Registry File, we will type “regedit” into the Windows 11 search tool. From the results, choose the Regedit app and then use the left-hand window to navigate to this key, as shown in Figure A.

Figure A

For our example, we will add Notepad to the context menu. You may add any application you choose, but if it is not included in the System folder of Windows 11, you may have to include the full path information as well as the application executable file name.

Right-click on the “shell” folder and select New | Key and give it the name “Notepad,” as shown in Figure B.

Figure B

Right-click the Notepad key you just created and select New | Key again and give that new key the name “command,” as shown in Figure C.

Figure C

Right-click the (Default) value in the right-hand windowpane of the new command key you just created and select the Modify item. Type “notepad.exe” into the Value data box, as shown in Figure D. Click OK to complete the process.

Figure D

When you are finished adding applications to the Windows 11 context menu, exit out of the Registry Editor. Now, when you open the Windows 11 context menu you will see new applications listed, as shown in Figure E.

Figure E

To remove any apps added to the Windows 11 context menu in this manner, open the Registry Editor and navigate to the same set of keys and delete the keys associated with those apps.

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I n this tutorial, we are going to see how to add the Open with option to right-click menu in Windows 10. Some Windows 10 users are complaining about a strange bug within the context menu. It turns out that the Open with option has simply disappeared. It’s a shame because the option is important. It allows users to select the application they want to open a particular file.

But the good news is that there is a very simple solution to find this famous Open with option in the contextual menu. All you have to do is to go to the Windows Registry Editor and check the value of a specific key.

###### How to Add Open With to Right-click Menu in Windows 10

Step 1: Right-click on the Start button, select Run.

Step 2: Type regedit and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.

Step 3: After that, navigate to the following Registry key:

Step 4: Then create a new key Edit > New > Key and name it Open With (if and only if it does not exist).

Step 5: Then, inside this newly created or already present key, there should be a string value “(default)”. Change the string value to the following by double-clicking on it:

This should restore the Open with option in the right-click menu.

#### Kevdog

It will depend on what extension the file has.

But it’s all in the registry. Look here:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.jpg\OpenWithList

This would be the location for modifying the right click/open with menu for .jpg file types. I noticed that on my computer there is only 5 or 6 apps displayed, so if I wanted a new app displayed here I had to delete one of the existing “lettered” entries and replace the same lettered entry with my new executable name. If you are looking to just remove certain apps, then just deleted the corresponding lettered entry.

#### Tufenuf

wright3279, You may want to look at “Context Menu Editor 1.0” which is Free at the link below. Make sure that you read the “Context Menu Editor description”.

#### moper

If you right click a txt file, and choose ‘open with’, those programs go with a txt file. Right click a jpg, you should see a different list.

If you go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts, choose the desired extension, you will see an OpenWithList.
Delete the letter for the program you want to remove and edit the MRUlist to remove that letter.

I would export that key before making changes.

If you want to remove an application from all open with lists, go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/Applications. Find your application and create a new string value named NoOpenWith. That’s it.

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Windows 11 brings refinement to contextual file operations in the right-click context menu and share dialog. These are extensible by apps, including unpackaged Win32 apps.

The context menu is one of the most popular and useful shell extensions. If you are already in File Explorer or on the Desktop, it significantly reduces the number of steps to complete a file operation compared to opening a separate app.

As useful as the Windows 10 context menu is, there are aspects of its design we sought to improve in Windows 11.

• The most common commands – cut, copy, paste, delete, and rename – are far from the mouse pointer, touch point, or pen.
• The menu is exceptionally long. It has grown in an unregulated environment for 20 years, since Windows XP, when IContextMenu was introduced.
• It includes commands which are rarely used.
• Commands that should be grouped together – such as Open and Open with – are sometimes far apart.
• Commands added by apps have no common organizational schema and can interrupt sections of inbox commands.
• Commands added by apps are not attributable to the app itself.
• Many commands run in-process in Explorer, which can cause performance and reliability issues.

The Windows 11 context menu addresses these problems in the following ways:

• Common commands are placed right next to where the menu is invoked.
• “Open” and “Open with” are grouped together.
• Apps extend the menu with IExplorerCommand + app identity. Unpackaged Win32 apps can use Sparse Manifests . IExplorerCommand support extends back to Windows 7.
• App extensions are grouped together below Shell verbs.
• Cloud Files provider apps are placed next to the Shell commands to hydrate or dehydrate the file.
• Apps with more than 1 verb are grouped into a flyout with app attribution.
• “Show more options” loads the Windows 10 context menu as-is for access to low-use Shell verbs and apps still working on porting over. No commands have been removed entirely.
• Shift-F10 or the keyboard menu key will also load the Windows 10 context menu.

The share dialog has also been improved in Windows 11.

• Nearby sharing is now much easier to use, with easy control over your discoverability setting up top and a link to more settings in the footer of the dialog.
• If you use the Mail app, the first entry in the contacts list helps you easily send an email to yourself.
• All apps can now participate in the Share dialog as targets. For unpackaged Win32 apps, this is covered in the same sample as the context menu. PWAs installed through Microsoft Edge are also supported if they implement the Web Share Target API.

### Context Menu Best Practices

Regarding File Opening scenarios:

1. When should I register my app for “Open with”? (File Type associations)

The new context menu moves “Open with” to the top of the menu, right next to “Open.”

If your app can open the file to do something more with it, you should always register for any applicable File Type Associations.

“Universal openers,” like technical text editors, should register to handle * so they will always be offered as an “Open with” option. They should also explicitly register for any filetypes they are optimized to handle.

2. When should I add a verb to “Edit with (app)”?

It is common for certain file types to be both “viewable/runnable” and “editable,” such as scripts, HTML, images, or text-based document formats.

Because the default action on double-click for these files can be “open/run” or “edit,” one of these two actions will be less convenient.

In these cases, adding a verb for “Edit with (app name)” is an acceptable practice.

However, please consider if your non-power-users will be adequately served by “Open with.”

For these users, a default state of not including the verb unless users opt into it will keep the menu tidier in general while offering classic functionality to your power users.

Regarding File Sharing scenarios:

3. When should I add a Context Menu verb to “Share with (app)”?

Share actions can originate outside of File Explorer, for example the Photos app or Snip & Sketch. In these cases, the Share dialog is shown to the user.

The best practice is to make sure you are registered as an app target in the Share dialog.

It’s also OK to add a Context Menu verb for “Share with (app)”

Because the Share dialog is also easily accessed from the File Explorer ribbon and context menu, an additional “Share with” verb in the context menu can be redundant – consider offering a way for users to opt out of the duplicate context menu verb.

Microsoft changed the context menu in File Explorer when it launched the Windows 11 operating system. File Explorer has two context menus in Windows 11: the new compact menu opens first when users right-click on files or folders in the file manager.

The classic context menu can be opened from that new menu, or by using shortcuts. There is also an option to restore the classic context menu in Windows 11’s File Explorer, so that it opens by default.

Programs may add their entries to the new context menu, but they need to have the right programming to do so.

Windows 11 users may use the Windows app Custom Context Menu to add their custom entries to the File Explorer context menu in Windows 11. The open source program is available as a Microsoft Store application or on GitHub.

The open source application is easy to use, but it still requires some explanation. You may use it to create as many root entries as needed in the File Explorer context menu. Programs and scripts may be added to these then. You could add one entry for media, another for programming files, and a third for image and photo editing tasks.

Each entry has the following configuration options:

• Title — the name that is displayed in File Explorer.
• Order — the order of the item in the menu.
• Exe — the path to the executable file.
• Param — execution parameters.
• Icon — the program icon.
• Match Folder — execute on folder selections.
• Match File — all file extensions that the item supports. Multiple entries can be added by separating them with a Space-character, e.g., .png .jpg.
• Multi Files — support running items when multiple files are selected.

One context menu root entry is set by default. A click on the settings icon displays options to change the name of the root entry and to create new root entries . Changes need to be saved before they become available.

It is necessary to restart the explorer.exe process, restart the system, or sign out and in again to display the changes. Data is stored in a JSON file.

### Closing Words

Windows 11 users who want to add new context menu entries to the new right-click Explorer menu may use Custom Context Menu to do so. The app is free and open source. The Store version has a price tag of $0.99, but an unlimited trial. Users who like the app may support the developer by making a purchase in the Store. Now You: what is your take on the new context menu in Windows 11? (via Deskmodder) The right-click desktop context menu provides a quick way to navigate your way through Windows. Here’s a registry hack that lets you add any program to it. The right-click desktop context menu provides a quick way to navigate your way through Windows, so why not make the programs you use easier to get to. This registry hack will allow you to add any program to the context menu for faster access. ### Add Any Program to Context Menu Open the registry and navigate to the following path: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell then right-click on shell and select New > Key. Give the new key the name of the program you’re adding to the context menu. I’m going to add Internet Explorer for this example. After you’ve created the new program key, you need to add another key for it. So right-click on the program key you added and select New > Key. For the name of this key you have to name it command all in lower case. At this point you’re registry should look as follows: Next you need to get the path of the location of the program you’re adding. If you don’t want to hunt through various directories, I find the freeware app Everything from Voidtools is extremely helpful – especially for programs that are buried deep in the OS. Once you’ve found the program you want to add, copy the path to the clipboard by holding down the Shift key, right-click the file, and select Copy as path. Back in the registry editor, double click the (Default) string in the right pane and paste the path you just copied in the Value data field. Close out of the registry and right-click on the desktop to bring up the context menu and you’ll see the program you added listed – no log off or restart required. Then just click the program name to launch it. Just repeat the steps above to add any other programs you need. This is a good way to get to your most used programs quickly in Windows. The context menu for files and folders in Windows 10 has been updated with new items, many of which some people never use: Edit with Photos app, Edit with Paint 3D, Transfer to device, Check with Windows Defender, and a few others. In case these context menu items are interfering with your work, or maybe you want to remove some other items as well, like those added by third-party programs, you can do it in several ways, which will be discussed in this instruction. How to remove and add items in the “Open With” context menu, Windows 10 Start Context Menu Edition. First, about removing some “built-in” menu items that appear manually for image and video files, other types of files and folders, and then about some free utilities that allow this to be done automatically (as well as removing other unnecessary menu items contextual). Note: the operations that are performed can, in theory, break something. I recommend creating a Windows 10 restore point before proceeding. Table of Contents ## Verification using Windows Defender The “Check with Windows Defender” menu option appears for all file types and folders in Windows 10 and allows you to check an item for viruses using the built-in Windows Defender. If you want to remove this item from the context menu, you can do so using the registry editor. 1. Press Win + R on your keyboard, type regedit, and hit Enter. 2. In the registry editor, go to and delete this section. • Repeat the same for the section • After that, close the registry editor, exit and enter (or restart the explorer) – the unnecessary item will disappear from the context menu. ## Change with Paint 3D To remove the “Edit with Paint 3D” option from the context menu of image files, follow the steps below. In Registry Editor, go to and remove the value of “3D Edition” from it. • Repeat the same for subsections .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINENSOFTWAREN System File Association Classes • After deleting, close the registry editor and restart your browser, or log out and log back in. ## Modify with the Photos application. Another context menu item that appears for image files is Edit with the Photos app. To delete it in the registry section. HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT AppX43hnxtbyyps62jhe9sqpdzxn1790zetc ShellEdit create a string parameter called ProgrammaticAccessOnly. ## Transfer to device (playback on device) The “Transfer to device” option can be useful to transfer content (video, images, audio) to a home TV, audio system or other device via Wi-Fi or LAN, provided that the device supports DLNA playback. (see How to connect a TV to a computer or laptop via Wi-Fi). If you don’t need this item then: 1. Run the registry editor. 2. Go to the section 3. Within this section, create a subsection called Blocked (if it doesn’t exist). 4. Inside the Blocking section, create a new string parameter called After logging out and logging back into Windows 10 or after restarting the computer, the “Transfer to device” item will disappear from the context menu. ## Programs to edit the context menu It is also possible to change the context menu items using free third-party programs. Sometimes it is more convenient than manually fixing something in the registry. If you just need to remove the context menu items that appeared in Windows 10, I can recommend the Winaero Tweaker utility. In it you will find the necessary options in the section Contextual menu – Delete default entries (check the items you want to remove from the contextual menu). Another program in Russian – EasyContextMenu. I’ll translate the articles just in case: • 3D printing with 3D Builder – eliminate 3D printing with 3D Builder. • Scan with Windows Defender – check with Windows Defender. • Cast to Device – transfer to device. • BitLocker Context Menu Entries – BiLocker Menu Items. • Edit with Paint 3D – Edit with Paint 3D. • Extract all – Extract all (for ZIP files). • Burn Disc Image – Burn disc image to disc. • Share with. • Restore previous versions – Restore previous versions. • Pin to Home – Pin to Home Screen. • Pin to taskbar – Pin to taskbar. • Fix compatibility problems – Fix compatibility problems. Find out more about the program, where to download it, and other useful features in another article: Customizing Windows 10 with Winaero Tweaker. Another program that you can use to remove other items from the context menu is ShellMenuView. You can use it to disable unnecessary context menu items, both from the system and from third parties. Hi all, I’m hoping someone can help me with this, as I’m at my wits end. I’m trying to remove Adobe Acrobat DC from the Open With context menu for PDF files (we currently have both, Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and Adobe Acrobat DC) and, for the life of me, I can’t get rid of it. I’ve checked in the registry, under “HKCR\.pdf\” under the usual registry keys, but the keys are empty. I’ve also checked under “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.pdf\OpenWithList I’ve deleted the entry for Adobe Acrobat, but it stays in the context menu. That didn’t work either. I hope someone can point me in the right direction as I must be missing something. #### The Edge is Real: Harness its Force OK, for anyone interested, I found the solution. There were multiple registry keys involved: Removing those finally did the job. From there, I added the relevant keys into the HKCU hive for users who should have the menu items. ### 12 Replies • check 44 Best Answers • thumb_up 103 Helpful Votes The registry keys you want are ** or similar, depending on what you’re looking for. Would the simpler option though not be to remove one of the programs, why would you need a reader if you have the full product? https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/33975-add-remove-open-context-menu-windows-10-a.html This guide shows you how to remove the menu, but you want to find the specific key you want removed, I would suggest you use a test machine for this. Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, the key you pointed to is empty, except for the Default value HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Open With\ Also, we need both versions on the server, as it’s a Citrix host, where some users need the full version and the rest just use the Reader. • check 44 Best Answers • thumb_up 103 Helpful Votes The link I posted has some other registry keys. A published app or desktop with writer on it may be an option Is there anything under: The only entry under that key is “AcroRd32.exe”. I tried deleting the entry, but it stays in the Open With menu, which makes me think it’s checking somewhere else. I checked the other keys as well, and unfortunately it wasn’t there either. • check 44 Best Answers • thumb_up 103 Helpful Votes do be aware the registry is only read at logon, so to remove the context menu, you may have to log out and in again • check 44 Best Answers • thumb_up 103 Helpful Votes Another more detailed article Linked within the bottom of the page is an app that will show you a list and let you enable/disable from there. No dice on this either, logging out and back in doesn’t make any difference. Thanks, I had a look at the link, but unfortunately I’m no closer to a solution. I also ran the ShellExView tool linked at the bottom and then it gets really weird. I’m not seeing any associations for .pdf files. There are 3x entries for Adobe Acrobat: Adobe Acrobat Create PDF from Selection Adobe Acrobat Create PDF Helper Adobe Acrobat Create PDF Toolbar • check 44 Best Answers • thumb_up 103 Helpful Votes Not directly the same, but might help OK, for anyone interested, I found the solution. There were multiple registry keys involved: Removing those finally did the job. From there, I added the relevant keys into the HKCU hive for users who should have the menu items. Login or sign up to reply to this topic. Didn’t find what you were looking for? Search the forums for similar questions or check out the General Windows forum. ### Rough start and poor training at new job. Started new Job 2 months ago Kept hearing how long are you going to stay? or the last guy did not make it past week 2, I ignored and LOL . Very little training and feel like I’m Being ridiculed when I ask a question? I like being busy, but I don’t like. ### Snap! ChromeLoader, Kerberos Relay attacks, VMware acquisition, & more! Your daily dose of tech news, in brief. Can you believe it’s been over 25 years ago since Bill Gates wrote the (at the time internal) memo, The Internet Tidal Wave. In it, he stressed that the internet is “crucial to every part of our business” and. ### Wireless Mouse Options I know everyone will have their own opinion but I have to ask the question for my own input. Does anybody spend 100.00 on a mouse?Do you have a “go to” mouse for yourself or end users?Are you still using a trackball?Are you still using a roll ball mouse f. ### How do you point out your boss faults in a nice way? I could see my department head is overwhelmed by many issues.But I feel there are a lot of things which my boss hasn’t done but should be done.If I come with long list of things that are not right, I’m concerned the spirit might be crushed for doing a ter. ### Spark! Pro series 26th May 2022 Today in History: 1897 – Dracula Goes On Sale The first copies of the classic vampire novel Dracula, by Irish writer Bram Stoker, appear in London bookshops on May 26, 1897. A childhood invalid, Stoker grew up to become a football (soccer) star at. Discussion and support for VLC media player and friends • Unanswered topics • Active topics • Search ## Remove context menu ### Remove context menu Post by Mr Wolf » 07 Sep 2010 13:27 Hi! I’d like to remove the context menu (play with VLC, add to VLC playlist and so on); I couldn’t find any option in the option menu I tried to uninstall and reintall it, uncheking the option, but no success I searched, and I tried with regedit, in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers, but there are no keys about VLC So, how can I remove the menu? Thanks in advance! ### Re: Remove context menu Post by akbeaman » 13 Sep 2010 19:11 To Remove Folder & Directory Context Menu Items: Open Regedit. Find HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell. Under this key find each VLC key you would like to remove from folder context menus. Rightclick each and choose export (just in case). Save the exported reg file with the name of the key plus “-dir”. To get only the key name and not the full registry path, first choose rename then instead of renaming when the name is highlighted rightclick and choose copy (before you export). Copy Key Name gives the full path instead of only the selected key. After exporting the key delete it. To Remove Filetype Associated Menu Items: If VLC is the associated program for media types then find the registry entries that begin at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\VLC.asf. For each file type look under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\VLC.xxx\shell for menu items you want to remove. Back them up by exporting as described above (but when naming the reg file instead of adding “-dir” add the dash then the file extension), then delete each subkey named for the menu item you want deleted. If VLC is not the associated program you will need to find the named filetype key by looking at the entry for the 3-letter extension then navigate to the key named the same as the default value found for the listing by extension. An unrelated example: .bmp Default “Paint.Picture” Scroll down under HKCR to the Paint.Picture key and look under the shell subkey for unwanted context menu items. Back up and delete as described above. (For our purpose look under “.avi” etc.) Windows Media Player context menu items are not removable. Sorry. P.S. Mr. Wolf: Maybe your sigline should say “I ask other people to solve problems”, on this posting. Sometimes when you try to open any file, not by their default association , that time you have to use the open with option from the context menu. By default, all the programs are mapped to their default associated programs. Recently some users reported a strange bug. When they try to switch the default, associated program using the open with, they couldn’t able to find that option from the context menu. This article shows how to bring back the missing context menu option in windows 7/8/10. Before proceeding to the solution. Let’s discuss about context menu, contextual menu is a graphical user interface menu that appears on user interactions such as right-mouse clicks or middle-click mouse operation . This menu only offers a limited set of choices based on the application’s current state. The choices available are related to the object that has been selected. Contextual menus are also referred to as context, shortcut or pop-up menus. Contextual menus provide access to actions that pertain to specific items in the user interface. They act much like left-mouse-button clicks, and operations are offered according to the user’s choices. Contextual menus are opened when users interact with their interface, and they target a region of the graphical user interface that supports context menus. On computers running on Windows or Unix, context menus are opened by clicking a secondary mouse button. In systems that support a one-button mouse, context menus are opened by pressing and holding that primary button. In certain scenarios, context menus are hierarchically organized, allowing navigation through different levels of the structure. Note: This method involves modifying the registry, before proceeding with this method make a backup of the registry editor. Open the Run command by pressing Windows key + R. And Type the Regedit and hit enter. Once the registry editor opened navigate to the below-mentioned path. HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers Now Double-click or click on the arrow mark on ContextMenuHandlers and expand it. And Search for and locate a key named Open With. If You are not able to fine the Open With Key then you have to create it Under ContextMenuHandlers. Go to ContextMenuHandlers and right-click on it select New–>Key then Give the name of the key as Open with. If the “Open with” key exists in the left pane, you will be able to see the Default value in the right pane. Once the Open with Key is created or found, Click on the key and double click on the Default string value. Set the value data to: Click on OK to apply the changes and close the Registry Editor. The “Open With” menu appears when any file in the Mac Finder is right-clicked (or control-clicked), and it is intended to provide a list of alternate apps that selected file can be opened with other than what is currently set as the default application. This Open With is great, but sometimes it can become freakishly cluttered with repeat entries of the same app, and in the worst cases it won’t even just be a duplicate here and there, it will be multiples of the same app appearing in the Open With list. We’ll show you how to remove these repeat entries and how to make an easier to use alias for future uses. ### Remove Repeat App Entries in “Open With” Menu of OS X This should work with just about every version of Mac OS X • Launch Terminal from the /Applications/Utilities/ directory and enter either one of the following command string onto a single line: Copy & paste from single line command string: Same command string broken into multiple lines: /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/\ LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/\ lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain user (Note: the backslashes within the second command are used to extend long commands to multiple lines while still making them executable when copy & pasted, they are not necessary to include if you are manually typing the command string into the terminal) This may take a while as the entire Launch Services database has to be rebuilt, and in that rebuilding process is where the duplicate app entries will be removed from the right-click menu. Once this is finished, you must then quit and relaunch the Finder for the change to take effect, that is easiest to do from the command line as well: Now when Finder has relaunched, go back to any file and right-click on it, pulling down the “Open With” menu to see all repetitive entries gone. But what if you have to do this often, that command string is kind of annoying huh? Here’s how to shorten it dramatically: ### Creating a Short “Remove Open With Duplicates” Alias If you find yourself having to do this more often than you’d like, creating a simple bash alias for the entire command sequence can be a significant time saver since it will remove the need to enter a lengthy series of command strings. Open .bash_profile with your favorite text editor, we use nano for this walkthrough because it’s simple: • Paste in the following alias onto a single line of .bash_profile, rename the alias if you feel like it • Hit Control+O to save, then Control+X to exit nano Verify the alias worked by typing ‘fixow’ at the command line, though if you already cleared Open With it won’t have the same effect. If you used the exact command string as above you’ll get a little message echoed back at you, looking like this:$ fixow
Open With menu has been rebuilt, Finder will relaunch

If for some reason you have trouble grabbing that code, you can also copy it from the OSXDaily GitHub page, where we are starting to collect some particularly useful shell scripts for OS X.

This allows you to simply type ‘fixow’ (short for Fix Open With, get it? We sure are creative) and that entire command string will execute without having to type the entire thing again.

### Can I Remove Every App From the “Open With” Menu?

If your issue is beyond the duplicate or repetitive entries, the other option is to clear out the entire Open With menu and start from scratch. This takes everything out of the menu, forcing you to manually associate apps with file types and formats on your own or just by using OS X to open particular files. That’s really a method of last-resort, or for uber-customization if you want to rebuild the list yourself and be more selective with the associations.

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## How to Add or Remove Open with Context Menu to BAT files in Windows 10

A .bat file is a batch file that consists of a series of commands to be executed by the command line interpreter, stored in a plain text file.

The Open with context menu allows you to choose an app to open the file with.

By default, .bat files in Windows do not have “Open with” in their right click context menu. Adding “Open with” to the context menu of .bat files will make it easy for users to be able to quickly choose an app (ex: text editor) they want to open/edit the batch file with on demand.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Open with to the context menu of BAT files for all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to add or remove the Open with context menu for BAT files.

EXAMPLE: Open with added to BAT context menu

The .reg files below are to add or remove the registry key in red below.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\batfile\shell\ Open with

1. Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click on Run , Yes ( UAC ), Yes , and OK to approve the merge.

7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

Several Windows 10 users have reported a peculiar bug in the latest version of the popular Microsoft operating system. The “Open with” option is not visible when any file is right-clicked.

Users might usually see and use the “Open with” option which is shown when you right click a program. It allows you to open files in other any other software than the default program. For instance, the “Open with” option will let you open a picture in Photoshop or any other program which will open in the default photo viewer otherwise. Absence of this option will not let you open files with other programs which might offer better functionalities than the default program.

The core fact that triggers this issue is an incorrect key in the registry. Do not worry if you do not understand what that means, we will show how to fix this. This key is usually altered or removed by some other program. No matter what the reason is, you can always put the correct key in the registry via a built-in program in Windows named Regedit, which basically is a program that allows you to edit the registry (as the name suggests). Proceed further in the article to figure out how to do this.

Hit the Start button (Windows icon) on the bottom left of the taskbar on the screen. Type regedit in the search bar and press enter or click on the first suggestion it gives. Doing either of the task will open regedit.

However, before you can use this program, your account security might ask you if you permit regedit to make changes to your system. It might even ask for a password if the restrictions are strict. It might or might require this information, but if it does, it would show a dialog. If it asks for the permission only, click Yes. If it requires the password you have set previously, enter that password and press Enter.

Once you have answered the account control queries, regedit will open. Under the heading named Computer in the list on the left, click HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, then click *, then shellex, and finally ContextMenuHandlers. When you are in ContextMenuHandlers, search for a key named Open With.

If you can’t find any key with this name, create one. Right click on ContextMenuHandlers, go in New and select Key. After it creates the new key, name it Open With and open it by double clicking. Either way, when you are in Open With, click the only file it shows on the right labeled Default.

When you double click Default, a dialog box will open with a heading Edit String. You will see an entry in this dialog box labeled Value Data. Enter in that entry and click OK.

Once done, close regedit by clicking on the cross on the top right of the screen. The issue should resolve after you have done this successfully. Check if it is, and if not, restart your system and check again.

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## Add or Remove Open with Context Menu to URL Shortcuts

Software 128174 2020-06-11 15:36 by Timothy Tibbetts

Add or Remove ‘Open with’ Context Menu to URL Shortcuts contains the registry files to add or remove ‘Open with’ Context Menu to open internet URL shortcuts.

We can Add or Remove Open with Context Menu to URL Shortcuts by editing the registry. Because two steps are required, we have created the registry files for you.

Download Add or Remove Open with Context Menu to URL Shortcuts and extract the two files.

Double-click Add Open With URL Context Menu.reg or Remove Open With URL Context Menu.reg (Default) to Add or Remove “Open with” Context Menu to URL Shortcuts.

Click Yes when prompted by User Account Control.
Click Yes when prompted by Registry Editor.

Click OK when prompted by the Registry Editor.

This tweak is included as part of MajorGeeks Windows Tweaks.

Similar:
How to Disable or Enable Wide Context Menus in Windows 10
How to Delete, Add, and Edit Context Menu Items
Remove the “Share” Context Menu in Windows 10
How to Add ‘Secure Delete’ to the Windows 10, 8 and 7 Context Menu
How to Add or Remove New Folder Context Menu in Windows 10

How long it’s been since I posted some content? I think about 3 months or so. But hey, here I’m again, with a new thing I learned.

I was on a quest to open a file with vs code and wanted to make it easy and simple, it was when I thought, why not open it from the context menu? For those who don’t know, the context menu is the little menu that opens when you click with the right button of the mouse on some empty space of the folder. There you can access some easy features.

Now let’s learn how to place your vs code there!

First, I must say, when you are installing vs code you are presented with the option to make it open in the context menu. So if you are installing it now, you can just mark those boxes and you are done!

For those of you who didn’t check it when installing, follow me.

First, you will need to create a .reg file, before you freak out, a .reg file is a ‘Windows Register File’, The Windows Registry is a hierarchical database where Windows and many applications store configuration settings. So, in order to change some configuration on the context menu, we need to make a .reg file.

In this case, we create a .reg file and open it with some text editor (you can use vs code for this). With it open, we need to place this text:

Exit fullscreen mode

You can see the default installation folders path are placed in the text, if you have another folder in which you installed the vs code, you just need to replace it in the text. Mine was different:

Exit fullscreen mode

After that, save and double click the file, it will ask you for permissions, you accept accordingly and here we have, a vs code option on the context menu on Windows!

Hope you enjoyed as much as me! Until next time!!

Useful Links that helped me to create this:

If you are not using Move to OneDrive option, let me show how you can remove Move to OneDrive option from the right-click menu in Windows.

In the recent iteration of OneDrive, Microsoft added a new option to the right-click menu called “Move to OneDrive”. This option appears when you right-clicking on a file in Windows. As soon as you click on the option, the file is moved to OneDrive which in turn is synced to OneDrive cloud if the OneDrive app is running in the background.

As you can guess, the Move to OneDrive option in the right-click context menu is very useful in certain situations. After all, it eliminates the need to manually cut and paste the file.

Personally, I like the feature. However, I’ve never used it because I always copy files to OneDrive folder rather than move them. Now, though the feature is pretty good for most people, I have one gripe with it. That is, rather than adding it to the Send To menu, Microsoft chose to add it to the top section of the right-click context menu. This, in turn, gets on my nerves from time to time because of how easy it is to accidentally click on it. In case you don’t know, the top section of the right-click menu consists of important options like Open, Open with, Open with some application, Run as administrator, etc.

So, if you are like me here’s a simple way to remove Move to OneDrive option from the right-click context menu in Windows.

Like for most context menu items, the Move to OneDrive option can be removed by modifying the Windows Registry. Before making any changes, back up registry just to be safe.

Note: To make things easier, I’ve provided downloadable reg files at the bottom of the post.

## Remove Move to OneDrive Option in Right-click Menu

1. Open the start menu, search for “Registry Editor” and click on the result to open it. Now, copy the below path, paste it in the address bar and press Enter to go to the target folder.

Note: If there is not “Blocked” folder, create one. To do that, right-click on the Shell Extensions folder, select “New → Key” and name the folder as “Blocked”.

2. On the “Blocked” folder, right-click and select the “New → String Value” option. Name the new value as “ “.

3. That is it. Close the Registry Editor and reboot Windows. You will no longer see the Move to OneDrive option in the right-click context menu.

If you ever want the add Move to OneDrive option back, simply right-click on the value we just created and select the “Delete” option. This action will delete the string value and restores the Move to OneDrive option in the context menu.

If you don’t want to manually edit the registry then download this zip file and extract it to your desktop. To remove the option, double-click on the “Remove Move to OneDrive from context menu.reg” file. You will see a warning message. Click on the “Yes” button. Reboot Windows to make changes take effect. The Move to OneDrive option will be removed on the next reboot.

To restore the option, execute the “Add Move to OneDrive to context menu.reg” file.

If you are curious, you can open the .reg file with Notepad to see what keys and values we are changing.

That is all. I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

If you like this article, do check out how to clean up the right-click context menu in Windows. A very useful article if your context menu is cluttered with useless options.

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 Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 ; ; Adds ‘Open in Atom’ to context menu (when you right click) in Windows Explorer. ; ; Based on https://github.com/Zren/atom-windows-context-menu. It didn’t work ; https://github.com/Zren/atom-windows-context-menu/issues/1. ; ; Save this file to disk with a .reg extension. Replace C:\\Atom\\atom.exe with ; the path to the atom executable on your machine. ; ; Make sure you are running as administrator. ; ; Double click the file and then click yes on the popup. ; ; OR ; ; open a command prompt and type ; C:> regedit path\to\open-w-atom.reg ; ; That’s it! ; ; License, MIT ; when you right click a file [ HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \*\shell\Atom KI ext] “”= ” Open File in Atom “ “Icon”= ” C: \\ Atom \\ atom.exe “ [ HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \*\shell\Atom KI ext\command] “”= ” C: \\ Atom \\ atom.exe \ ” %1\ ” “ ; when you right click a folder [ HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \Directory\shell\Atom KI ext] “”= ” Open Folder in Atom “ “Icon”= ” C: \\ Atom \\ atom.exe “ [ HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \Directory\shell\Atom KI ext\command] “”= ” C: \\ Atom \\ atom.exe \ ” %1\ ” “ ; when you right click a folder while holding shift [ HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \Directory\Background\shell\Atom KI ext] “”= ” Open Folder in Atom “ “Icon”= ” C: \\ Atom \\ atom.exe “ [ HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \Directory\Background\shell\Atom KI ext\command] “”= ” C: \\ Atom \\ atom.exe \ ” %V\ ” “ ; when you right click the background, not on a particular file or folder. [ HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \LibraryFolder\Background\shell\Atom KI ext] “”= ” Open Folder in Atom “ “Icon”= ” C: \\ Atom \\ atom.exe “ [ HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \LibraryFolder\Background\shell\Atom KI ext\command] “”= ” C: \\ Atom \\ atom.exe \ ” %V\ ” “

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Taking this opportunity, there’s a uggly bug in the last Sound Forge version in Windows 10, that show error if I try to open an audio file, right clicking context menu, when the Sound Forge is already opened. It works only if Sound Forge is closed.

Please, report it to developers.

– Is this with the “Open with” context menu item?
– What format audio file types (WAV, MP3, MP4/AAC, other?
– Are you running SF Pro 12.1?
I can’t duplicate this behavior with the aforementioned file types.

Rick, forum moderator

That’s right! open with option. It fails for any type of flie and I usually work with FLAC, WAV and MP3.

My version is 12.1 (Build 170) 64-bit.

As I can’t attached the image, but it shows a screen with “Problem Report” title and saying “SOUND FORGE Pro has stopped working. I already pressed send button of this screen, explaining the problem and how to reproduce it.

I sent it one more time right now.

If you need further info, just let me know.

Maybe it have been loging the error in somewhere.

Thank you for your support.

I tried 7 or 8 types of files (with and w/o VP-16 running and still cannot repro the behavior and I’m using an up-to-date Win 10. You may try an uninstall-reinstall using a third-party uninstaller that removes the previous SF registry entries, but that may be extreme if you can live with it otherwise. I have not read of this behavior prior and I can only suggest contacting Magix Tech Support, which I am not part of, nor am I an employee of Magix

Rick, forum moderator

Thank you Rraud, so much for your strong support.

When right clicking on the File or Folder in Windows Explorer, the context menu will not show “Open with Atom” as an option. Because of this a user would need to open Atom Text Editor then Add Project Folder to see the Folder Tree on the side bar. Quite a lot of steps really.

Having a “Open with Atom” would be a time saving feature.

Context Menu for Folders

Context Menu for Files

The Context Menu is the menu that you can see every time you right-click a file or folder in Windows Explorer or Windows Desktop.

## Is there a way to add “Open with Atom” on the context menu when you right click on a file or folder?

Yes, there is. Follow the instructions below.

Open Atom Text Editor.

Click on File then Settings .

Click on System .

The System Settings would then show you the screen below.

Check the following boxes.

• Show in file context menus
• Show in folder context menus

That is it. You can now see the “Open with Atom” on the Context Menu when you right click a File or Folder on Windows Explorer.

Below are screenshots of the Context Menu with Open with Atom .

## Folder Context Menu

When selecting the Open with Atom when right-clicking a folder it will open Atom Text Editor with the sidebar showing the folder tree.

## File Context Menu

When opening a file via the Context Menu will open the file in Atom Text Editor.

I hope this helps save you time when opening files or folders via the context menu in Windows.

Hi, I just upgraded from v14 to v15, upon uninstall, v14 still left context-menu stuff in my right-click menu. How do I remove it?

I am not sure there is a setting in Sound Forge to remove all it’s context menu items (aside from uninstall). I use ‘Default Program Editor’ frequently to customize context menus. Nirsoft;s ShellMenuView is another great utility for context menus..
‘Default Program Editor’ and Nirsoft’s other utilities are great for many types of Win Explorer customization.

btw, welcome to the Magix Sound Forge users forum @Dave-Polcino.

Rick, forum moderator

I have the same issue. I first installed v15, and both context menus were there. When I later uninstalled v15, it left the context menu. See pic. I don’t think it’s going to be as easy as using a utility to remove the Windows “Open With” context menu. Probably going to take some editing in the registry.

Uninstall Sound Forge with Revo Uninstall (free or pro) using the advanced scan mode. If you have two versions of SF installed, beware of removing shared data..

Nirsoft also has a free context menu editor, though I have not tried it with the SF entries.

Rick, forum moderator

@Bill-Fike I have a file called RemoveCustomContextMenu.reg in my SoundForge Pro 15 Suite\IAScripts subfolder that looks like it deletes all context menu entries. I would suggest you look inside your Pro 14 folder, if you can find a similar file there. In case you have already deleted the folder look at the keys in the Pro 15 folder.

The keys look like

• HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Directory\shell\SOUND FORGE Pro 15.0 (x64)CMCustom
• HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\SystemFileAssociations\.aif\shell\SOUND FORGE Pro 15.0 (x64)CMCustom
• etc.

I would guess you need to delete the corrosponding Pro 14 keys from the registry by hand.

• HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Directory\shell\SOUND FORGE Pro 14.0 (x64)CMCustom
• HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\SystemFileAssociations\.aif\shell\SOUND FORGE Pro 14.0 (x64)CMCustom
• etc.

Last changed by SP. on 4/18/2021, 2:12 PM, changed a total of 1 times.

Menus and context menus are similar in how they look and what they can contain. They both display an organized list of commands or options and save space by hiding until the user needs them. However there are differences between them, such as what you should use to create them and how they are accessed by a user.

## Is this the right control?

Menus and context menus are for organizing commands and saving space by hiding those commands until the user needs them. To display arbitrary content, such as a notification or confirmation request, use a dialog or a flyout.

If a particular command will be used frequently and you have the space available, consider placing it directly in its own element so that users don’t have to go through a menu to get to it.

## When should you use a menu or a context menu?

• If the host element is a button or some other command element whose primary role is to present additional commands, use a menu.
• If the host element is some other type of element that has another primary purpose (such as presenting text or an image), use a context menu.

If you want to add commands (such as Cut, Copy, and Paste) to a text or image element, use a context menu instead of a menu. In this scenario, the primary role of the text element is to present and edit text; additional commands (such as Cut, Copy, and Paste) are secondary and belong in a context menu.

Context menus have the following characteristics:

• Are attached to a single element and display secondary commands.
• Are invoked by right clicking (or an equivalent action, such as pressing and holding with your finger).
• Are associated with an element via its ContextFlyout property.

In cases where your context menu will include common commands (such as Copy, Cut, Paste, Delete, Share, or text selection commands), use command bar flyout and group these common commands together as primary commands so that they will be shown as a single, horizontal row in the context menu.

In cases where your context menu will not include common commands, either command bar flyout or menu flyout can be used to show a context menu. We recommend using CommandBarFlyout because it provides more functionality than MenuFlyout and, if desired, can achieve the same behavior and look of MenuFlyout by using only secondary commands.

Menus have the following characteristics:

• Have a single entry point (a File menu at the top of the screen, for example) that is always displayed.
• Are usually attached to a button or a parent menu item.
• Are invoked by left-clicking (or an equivalent action, such as tapping with your finger).
• Are associated with an element via its Flyout or FlyoutBase.AttachedFlyout properties, or grouped in a menu bar at the top of the app window.

When the user invokes a command element (such as a button) whose primary role is to present additional commands, use menu flyout to host a single top-level menu to be shown inline as a flyout attached to the on-canvas UI element. Each MenuFlyout can host menu items and sub-menus. For apps that might need more organization or grouping, use a menu bar as a quick and simple way to show a set of multiple top-level menus in a horizontal row.

## UWP and WinUI 2

The information and examples in this article are optimized for apps that use the Windows App SDK and WinUI 3, but are generally applicable to UWP apps that use WinUI 2. See the UWP API reference for platform specific information and examples.

This section contains information you need to use the control in a UWP or WinUI 2 app.

The CommandBarFlyout and MenuBar controls for UWP apps are included as part of the Windows UI Library 2. For more info, including installation instructions, see Windows UI Library. APIs for these controls exist in both the Windows.UI.Xaml.Controls and Microsoft.UI.Xaml.Controls namespaces.

• UWP APIs:AppBarButton class, AppBarSeparator class, AppBarToggleButton class, CommandBarFlyout class, ContextFlyout property, FlyoutBase.AttachedFlyout property, MenuBar class, MenuFlyout class, TextCommandBarFlyout class
• WinUI APIs:CommandBarFlyout class, MenuBar class, TextCommandBarFlyout class
• If you have the WinUI 2 Gallery app installed, click here to open the app and see the MenuBar or CommandBarFlyout in action. Get the app from the Microsoft Store or get the source code on GitHub.

We recommend using the latest WinUI 2 to get the most current styles and templates for all controls. WinUI 2.2 or later includes a new template for these controls that uses rounded corners. For more info, see Corner radius.

To use the code in this article with WinUI 2, use an alias in XAML (we use muxc ) to represent the Windows UI Library APIs that are included in our project. See Get Started with WinUI 2 for more info.

### 4k3or3et commented Jul 22, 2020

how to remove “Open in Windows Terminal” from context menu?

I was looking into Registry but could not find anything.

What is the implementation of that feature?

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### DHowett commented Jul 22, 2020

It can’t be removed right now. We’re tracking a workitem to only show it when SHIFT is held down.

We’re not going to add the ability to delete it entirely. Sorry.

### msftbot bot commented Jul 22, 2020

Hi! We’ve identified this issue as a duplicate of another one that already exists on this Issue Tracker. This specific instance is being closed in favor of tracking the concern over on the referenced thread. Thanks for your report!

### vitaminj commented Jul 22, 2020 •

To remove this manually, open regedit, go to the folder \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked (you may have to create the Blocked key) then add a string value on the right with the name <9F156763-7844-4DC4-B2B1-901F640F5155>and the value WindowsTerminal
Then restart Explorer.

Bookmark the folder if you’re likely to want to come back and re-enable the menu item when they add the option to only show it on holding shift

### 4k3or3et commented Jul 22, 2020

To remove this manually, open regedit, go to the folder \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked (you may have to create the Blocked key) then add a string value on the right with the name <9F156763-7844-4DC4-B2B1-901F640F5155>and the value WindowsTerminal

Bookmark the folder if you’re likely to want to come back and re-enable the menu item when they add the option to only show it on holding shift

Cool stuff. Thank you.

### ThenTech commented Aug 18, 2020

To remove this manually, open regedit, go to the folder [. ]

Nice, I already added my own shortcut on shift only, so this removed the duplicate.

### patricknelson commented Mar 19, 2021 •

I use this registry hack in combination with https://github.com/BroJenuel/Explorer-Context-Menu-Integration-for-windows-terminal to address issues with Windows Terminal not being able to properly retain the CWD when opening new tabs and panes (#8933).

### jayagami commented Apr 6, 2021 •

I use this registry hack in combination with https://github.com/BroJenuel/Explorer-Context-Menu-Integration-for-windows-terminal to address issues with Windows Terminal not being able to properly retain the CWD when opening new tabs and panes (#8933).

I think this is better than the official solution:

### pundoo commented Aug 29, 2021

@vitaminj Unfortunately that doesn’t work for ‘Open in Windows Terminal Preview’. Any idea of the correct CLSID for that?

### vitaminj commented Aug 30, 2021

@pundoo it seems to be <02DB545A-3E20-46DE-83A5-1329B1E88B6B>for the preview version (you can use any string for the value but WindowsTerminalPreview is probably a good idea so that you remember what it was)

### pundoo commented Aug 30, 2021

@vitaminj Ahh.. its literally just there. I went over the source code atleast twice. How could I possibly overlook that.. smh

### ThisOneIsForPosting commented Sep 9, 2021

@vitaminj
Thank you for finding that string! Now Windows Terminal Preview no longer shows up in my Windows 11 context menu 👍

### itsmeshibintmz commented Dec 27, 2021

To remove this manually, open Regedit, go to the folder \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked (you may have to create the Blocked key) then add a string value on the right with the name <9F156763-7844-4DC4-B2B1-901F640F5155>and the value WindowsTerminal Then restart Explorer.

Bookmark the folder if you’re likely to want to come back and re-enable the menu item when they add the option to only show it on holding shift

### musm commented Jan 30, 2022

@pundoo it seems to be <02DB545A-3E20-46DE-83A5-1329B1E88B6B>for the preview version (you can use any string for the value but WindowsTerminalPreview is probably a good idea so that you remember what it was)

Thank you. How about how to remove it from the extended context menu on Windows 11, after you click “Show More Options”?

### itsmeshibintmz commented Jan 31, 2022

@pundoo it seems to be <02DB545A-3E20-46DE-83A5-1329B1E88B6B>for the preview version (you can use any string for the value but WindowsTerminalPreview is probably a good idea so that you remember what it was)

Thank you. How about how to remove it from the extended context menu on Windows 11, after you click “Show More Options”?

the same registry edit you can apply in Windows 11 too.

Pokud je nabídka “Otevřít s pravým tlačítkem myši” trochu přeplněná, proč se zbavit položek, které neděláte Nepoužíváte? S trochou hackování v registru je to snadné.

Menu “Open With” je bezpochyby užitečné při otevření souborů s více programy. Kdykoli otevřete soubor s určitým programem, program se přidá do kontextové nabídky “Otevřít” pro tento typ souboru. Pokud jste někdy omylem otevřeli soubor se špatným programem nebo s programem, který již nepoužíváte, pravděpodobně budete chtít zbavit pár.

Standardní upozornění: Editor registru je silný nástroj a zneužití může způsobit, že je váš systém nestabilní nebo dokonce nefunkční. To je docela jednoduchý hack a pokud budete držet pokynů, neměli byste mít žádné problémy. Pokud jste s tím dosud nikdy nepracovali, zvažte, jak začít používat Editor registru. A před provedením změn určitě zálohujte registr (a váš počítač!)

Než začnete, měli byste si také uvědomit, že některé vestavěné programy společnosti Microsoft nelze tímto způsobem odstranit. V tomto článku například budeme pracovat s typem obrazového souboru .PNG. Obě aplikace Microsoft Paint a Photos jsou součástí nabídky “Otevřít”. Dokonce i když tyto položky odstraníme postupem, o kterém zde diskutujeme, zůstávají programy v nabídce Otevřít s. Tento postup však pracuje s nainstalovanými programy třetích stran.

Otevřete Editor registru stisknutím Start a zadáním příkazu “regedit”. Stisknutím klávesy Enter otevřete Editor registru a udělejte mu oprávnění provádět změny v počítači.

V editoru registru pomocí levého postranního panelu přejděte na následující klíč:

Uvnitř klávesy FileExts OpenWithList . Zde měníme nabídku Otevřít s otevřenými soubory obrázků .PNG Na pravé straně Editoru registru se zobrazí seznam hodnot pojmenovaných písmeny. Sloupec “Data” pro každou hodnotu zobrazuje program, který se objeví v nabídce “Otevřít s”. Stačí kliknout pravým tlačítkem myši na ten, který chcete odstranit z nabídky a pak vybrat možnost “Odstranit”. A pamatujte, že to není možné, takže předpokládáme, že jste si vzali rady a předem vytvořili zálohu vašeho registru, a to zejména tehdy, když děláte hromadu změn najednou. Samozřejmě, pokud náhodou odstraníte položku programu, můžete ji obnovit tak, že znovu otevřete soubor s tímto programem.

V našem příkladu odstraňujeme program PicPick ze seznamu, protože jej nikdy nepoužíváme pro tento soubor

Když se Editor registru zeptá, jestli jste si jisti, že chcete hodnotu smazat, klikněte na “Ano”.

Opakujte tyto kroky pro všechny programy, které chcete odstranit z nabídky “Otevřít” typy. Až budete hotovi, můžete pokračovat a zavřete Editor registru. Nebudete muset restartovat počítač nebo cokoli jiného. Stačí se podívat na své kontextové menu a uvidíte, že menu “Open With” již neobsahuje odebrané programy.

Tento jednoduchý trik vám pomůže udržet menu “Open With” uklizené, ukazující pouze programy, které jste skutečně použít v seznamu. A můžete použít stejný trik ve všech verzích Windows, od XP až po Windows 10.

Obvykle, když si koupíte bezdrátový směrovač a připojíte jej, neexistuje absolutně žádná bezpečnostní ochrana. Většina z nich funguje přímo z krabice pouze s výchozím nastavením hesla, nešifruje data, nepoužívá síťový klíč a veřejně vysílá SSID. Pokud jste našli tento článek, pravděpodobně se snažíte zjistit, jak zvýšit bezpečnost bezdrátové sítě.Jedním z jednoduchých způsobů, proč jste pravdě

Pokud jste noví, kteří pracují s počítačovým hardwarem, může se stát, že přemýšlíte o “opotřebení” na pevném disku nebo disku SSD . Dnešní příspěvek SuperUser Q & A se podívá na téma a pomůže zvědavému čtenáři pochopit více o pevných discích a jednotkách SSD. Dnešní zasílání dotazů a odpovědí nám přichází s laskavým svolením SuperUser – subdivize Stack Exchange, skupinového Q & A Otázka čtečka SuperUser Suvarna Amar chce vědět, zda existuje limit na to, kolikrát může být pevný disk formátován: Foto s laskavým svolením Sangudo (Flickr) Existuje limit počtu kopií pevného disku?

I use PDF Split & Merge (PDF SAM) frequently, but don’t want to set it as the default PDF handler.

When I right-click on a PDF and select Open with, these are the options I am given. To select PDF SAM I must click Choose another app and select PDF SAM there.

I would like for PDF SAM to be directly in the Open with menu.

I have looked over these questions for help:

I have modified the registry to set PDF SAM as the 2nd option in the OpenWithList:

But this does not appear to actually change anything.

I would be happy if Chrome, Edge, and Waterfox were simply not on that list of programs in the Open with menu, and I assume this would free up enough room for PDF SAM to graduate to the main list, but only Waterfox shows in the OpenWithList in the registry, and removing it does not appear to make any difference.

Update 1

Following the suggestions in the question linked in the comments (Manually Add Program to Open With in Windows 10) I tried DefaultProgramEditor and it failed utterly.

Then I opened the registry to HKCR.pdf\OpenWithProgids and removed the Waterfox entry from there, and this indeed removed Waterfox from the Open with list, but it did not add PDFSAM to that main list:

Registry:

So, we’ve figured out how to remove unwanted entries from the primary list, but not how to add wanted entries to it.

And checked to make sure that PDF SAM has both entries suggested by the answer there, and it does:

Update 2

A little bit after upgrading Windows 10 to build 1809 I noted PDF SAM is now showing in the Open With menu.

I have not tested yet to confirm that Microsoft has resolved this issue or if something else broke loose. Once I’ve confirmed this though, I’ll write up an answer.

## 6 Answers 6

For anyone that still has this problem, the solution would be going to

and add a new string containing the format you want to open e.g. “.mp4”

I had the exact same problem when I couldn’t add Nitro Pro to the “Open with” Context Menu for *.pdf files. That’s on Win7, but it doesn’t look like if MS’ approach to the feature has changed between both Operating Systems.

I have one problem. Just look at image:

So I want to remove one of Dev-C++ IDE and Microsoft Visual Studio Version Selector (I’ve tried to install Microsoft Visual Studio and it doesn’t works,and one of the Dev-C++ IDE too). But I don’t know how to change that list. I am using Ubuntu 11.10.

## 4 Answers 4

Enter the contextual menu of the file and go to the Properties of it. Then, go to Open with tab, right click on the application you want to remove and click on Forget association .

/.local/share/applications , edit the file mimeapps.list :

In [Added Associations] section, you will find your file extension, something like this:

Which means there are two apps will be shown in “Open with. ” menu when right click an epub file, identify the one for Dev-C++ IDE in your case and remove it.

My Ubuntu 14.04LTS does not have a mimeapps.list.

I solved this issue creating a new file in /usr/share/applications called mimeapps.list with the following content:

In this case, the configuration will remove applications from the context menu of any folder. I got most of the information from here: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/default_applications

I have also found mimeapps.list in

/.local/share/applications . I guess if you add the same lines to that file, it will work too.

Nautilus, Thunar et al. take their information from mimeapps.list files¹.

So the solution is to edit .config/mimeapps.list and/or .local/share/applications/mimeapps.list . Add entries in the [Removed Associations] section like so:

Look here for some details.

You might have to do some digging to find the correct .desktop files; note, for instance, that multiple wine-*.desktop files declared the same application for image/jpeg .