Right Click Context Menu is very important for every Windows user, as it provides quick access to many functions: ranging from the basic copy, delete, refresh etc., to specific tasks offered by 3rd party tools. So, right click context menu plays a vital role in improving the productivity and quality of our work, unless and until it is simple and small. If not, it’ll degrade the quality of work and also making the context menu to load slowly. So, there is every need to keep the context menu organized by deleting unnecessary items and organizing essential menu entries.
Another important thing to notice here is that Right Click Context Menu varies depending on where it is clicked, like :
- Context Menu of a file: which varies depending on the file type.
- Context menu of folder.
- Context menu when right clicked on desktop/folder background.
Here in this article we’ll see how to organize the menu entries on the above types of context menus. We’ll be using Right Click Enhancer to organize the context menu. Because, unlike the routine context menu editors it offers more features (like organizing existing menu items), instead of the just enabling/disabling the menu entries.
Editing/Organizing the Context Menu of file :
In Right Click Enhancer, select Right Click Editor.
Once Right Click Editor is opened, on left pane you’ll find * and other file extensions. On double clicking, will reveal the menu entries of respective file types. In the above screenshot, * (star) corresponds to the context menu entries that are common to all files. In my case, the entries of Click2Music are common to all files and because of those entries the context menu is lengthy. One way to shorten the context menu is to remove those entries, but that’s not the solution because Click2Music entries are important to me as it lets me convert media files quickly.
The other way to shorten the context menu is to create a new entry, say by name, Music Converter and then move all those Click2Music entries to the submenu of Music Converter. This way, I can access those entries and at the same time making the context menu short.
This can be done in the following way :
- In Right Click Editor, double click *. There you can see the menu entries.
- Now, to add new menu entry, click on + icon and then give the name of the entry. E.g. Music Converter.
- The next step is to move the existing menu items to the submenu of the Music Converter. To do this, you have to select an entry in the left pane, and then select the Menu name i.e. Music Converter and then click on down arrow (Add to Menu). Now, that entry will be moved to Music Converter.
- Now repeat the above step until all the entries on the left are moved to the new menu.
This way, you can organize the menu entries without completely removing them.
Now, in the context menu we find other kind of entries which behave differently than the above entries. E.g. Glary Utilities Menu entries, WinRAR entries etc. These entries can’t be organized as such. We can either hide or delete them but we can’t organize them as we did in the case of Click2Music entries.
So, to remove such entries (E.g. Glary Utilities), Open Right Click Editor and then click on the last icon to toggle to Shell Extensions mode.
You’ll find Shell extension items after toggling. Now, in the left pane, click on the desired entry (E.g. Glary Utilities) and then on right select the desired option.
- * if you want to remove glary menus from context menu of files
- Folder if you want to remove from context menu of folders.
- Drive if you want to remove from context menu of drives.
Here, I want to remove it from context menu of file, so I selected * and then selected Down arrow to Hide the shell extension of Glary Utilities. You can also remove it by selecting the Red Cross mark.
If you want to remove more (unnecessary) menu entries then apply the same above steps to new item.
Now, let us see the 3rd type of entries (E.g. WinRAR entries). These entries are useful and hence you can’t delete them, but they occupy more space in context menu and thus making room for confusion. One idea is to cascade them like Click2Music entries to make context menu short. But practically, we can’t cascade shell extension menus manually. We need support from respective developers of software. In case of WinRAR, the developer gave enough options to cascade the menu entries. To do so, open WinRAR settings (Options > Settings), then in the Settings Window choose Integration, and Under Shell Integration, select the checkbox Cascaded Context Menus.
Now, the WinRAR menu entries will be cascaded.
Not all softwares offer this kind of options, but whenever there is such possibility to make the context menu simple and tidy, then make use of it.
Editing the Context Menu of Folder :
We can proceed in the same manner as above, to make the folder context menu simple and tidy. Below is the screenshot of my folder context menu.
To remove shell extensions like Glary Utilities, follow the same above steps of file context menu. Instead of selecting *, select Folder/Directory and then Hide or Remove it as required.
Now, if you want to delete the top entries (E.g. VLC Entries, Onenote entry etc), click on the right most icon in the toolbar to toggle to Shell Menus mode. There in the left pane, scroll down a bit and select Directory and then double click it.
Now, it’ll list the items, which you can Hide/Delete the entries as you like.
Editing the Context Menu of Desktop/Folder Background :
For some people, one of the first thing they do after logging into Windows is to right click desktop and then Refresh. They’ll start their work only after refreshing several times. Such people will prefer to keep the context menu simple.
So, if you think that your context menu is crowded, then proceed in the same way as above. All you have to do is select Directory/Background instead of Folder as above. After selecting Directory/Background, you can then Hide or Remove the entry as required.
Final Words and Warnings :
So, after doing all the above steps I was able to shorten my context menus and here are the screenshots of before and after context menu organizing.
File Context Menu :
Folder Context Menu :
Desktop/Folder Background Context Menu :
Hope this guide will help you in making your context menus simple, quick and clutter free.
Warning on Manual Registry Editing :
All the above tweaks which we performed on context menu can also be done by manually editing Windows Registry. But, I don’t recommend you to do so. Because even a small mistakes can pose serious problems. I personally faced that situation, I was unable to boot Windows as it gave me repeated BSODs after doing a critical registry change, unknowingly. So, to be on safe side don’t edit registry manually. If you consider yourself as pro and want to do things manually then visit the links mentioned under Further Reading below.
Further Reading :