A Guide To Customize The Windows 10 Context Menu

Why bother to customize the windows 10 context menu ? Now and then, each one of us gets bored of seeing the same theme, colour on our desktop and laptops. Having the option of customizing the windows has helped a great deal to get us out of our boredom. Having too much on your plate can end up leaving everything topsy turvy, similarly, having many files and data cluttered in your windows context menu can lead to a feeling of distraction and confusion.

Hence, it becomes important not only to customize the desktop screen, but one can also customize the windows 10 context menu. 

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What is the context menu exactly?

The context menu is known by many other terms like the contextual menu, pop up menu or shortcut menu. It is the one that appears on your desktop or laptop screen when you right-click on the screen. The context menu offers you a set of choices that are available for you to select for customization and many more. 

Why must one customize the Windows 10 Context Menu?

Customize the Windows 10 Context Menu

Customizing the Windows 10 context menu always works in your favour. As it has been added with default choices, most of them might seem unnecessary and end up making the customization menu look more cluttered. Moreover, with everyday usage, we get to know our preferences and choices we make most of the time, and accordingly, we can add more options that are used most by us. Hence, it works as a means of adding shortcuts for your frequently used actions and items. 

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To simplify the process of adding shortcuts to the context menu, Microsoft has provided easy access to different kinds of control panels i.e. just by right-clicking the start menu on the screen or by pressing windows key + X on your keyboard. With such an easy and handy approach, one can easily manage the contents in the context menu.

How to customize the Windows 10 Context Menu?

Customization of the windows 10 context menu includes both adding and removing items. Customizing the right click i.e the windows 10 context menu has to be one of the best features that Microsoft has provided. With basic features included by default like copy and paste; renaming folders and creating new folders, having the possibility of adding more features makes the job easier for you.

Now, coming to the editing part of the context menu of Windows 10, one can do it in two ways:

  1. With the help of the registry editor.
  2. With the help of the context menu editor. 

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  • Registry editor 

Let us first learn how to customize the context menu of Windows 10 with the help of the registry editor. 

  1. Go to the left-hand side of the screen.
  2. On the upper-left screen of the desktop, left-click on the search box.
  3. In the search box, type ‘Run’ or just press the Windows key and R which is an easy command for this action. 
  4. Now, the Run icon will appear. Left-click on it.
  5. Pressing the Run icon will take you to the new windows of ‘Run’.
  6. From the ‘Open:’ option, type the command “REGEDIT”, with double-quotes.
  7. Now on the lower end of the screen of the run window, click on the OK button.
  8. This will open the new ‘Registry editor’ window on your screen.
  9. Left-click on the computer icon which appears on the upper-left side of the registry window.
  10.  In this icon, there will be an ‘HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT’ folder, double click on it.
  11. Within the same ‘HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT’ folder, you will find a folder named ‘*’, double click and open it.
  12.  Within the folder ‘*’ you will have another folder named ‘Shellex’, double click on it.
  13.  There will be another folder inside the Shellex folder with ‘ContextMenuHandlers’, open it.
Windows 10 Context Menu

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  1. The menu will show an option of ‘New’ which will open another option named ‘Key’.
  2. In the ‘Key’ folder, enter the name of the action or item you wish to see on the right-click pop up.
  3. In case you want to delete any item, left-click on the item and press the delete key.
  4. Now, left-click on the item you have created and click on the ‘Default’ option of the registry editor on the right side.
  5. After, click on the ‘Modify’ option which will open an ‘Edit String window’.
  6. Under the value data option, create a code unique to the option you have added.
  7. Click OK and you are done!

Despite the lengthy procedure, this is an extremely easy and straightforward procedure. 

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  • Context menu editor 

Now, just in case if you feel that the registry editor is difficult and time-consuming for you, then use the context menu editor. This is a very user-friendly method, especially for those who are not much involved in computers. 

The easy context menu editor allows you to add a variety of commands on your right-click making it handy. With the help of this tool, all you need to do is check the box of all items you wish to include in the right-click command. This was your quick guide to customise the windows 10 context menu in two different ways. 

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