Edit Rightclick Context Menu On Windows Xp

The context menu provides you with a quick pop-up menu when you right-click an item on the Windows XP desktop. The pop-up menu contents are controlled by a registry key that you can edit in the Registry Editor. You can add, delete and edit the contents of the context menu to customize the links displayed.


1. Click the Windows XP “Start” taskbar button. Select “Run.” Type “regedit” in the command text box. Press “Enter” to open the Registry Editor.

2. Double-click “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT,” “Directory,” “shellex,” then “contextmenuhandlers.” This registry key contains each context menu item you see when you right-click a desktop item.

3. Right-click a menu item you want to delete and select “Delete.” Click “Yes” to confirm that you want to remove the item. After an item is deleted, it no longer shows in the context menu.

4. Right-click an item you want to edit and select “Modify.” In the “Name” text box, type a new name for the item. The name you type is what is seen in the context menu. If you want to change the program that opens, you must type the path and file name for the executable in the “Value” text box.

5. Right-click the “contextmenuhandler” registry key and select “Add.” This option lets you add a new context menu item. Type a name for the menu item in the “Name” text box and type the location of the executable file in the “Value” text box. Click “OK” to save the new item.

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