Modify and cleanup the right-click context menu with ShellExViewOctober 25, 2010 25 Email article | Print article
Nowadays it seems like every program and its grandmother adds an entry into the right-click context menu. Don’t hate you it when you right-click on something and it takes around 10 seconds just to load the context menu? Or, maybe you dislike the fact how cluttered your context menu is? Not sure how to make it “less cluttered”? Well, no worries – Nirsoft’s ShellExView should do the trick!
ShellExView is a small 42.5 KB executable (comes in portable and installer versions) that helps you make your context menu less cluttered and makes it more organized; it’s a simple tool from which you get to modify, disable, or enable extensions on the context menu.
Using ShellExView is very easy; all you have to do is run the program, click on an extension name, then use the button toolbar at the top or the right-click menu to modify the extension in question:
(Take note that all changes are made in real time. In other words, there is no need to “save” your work have you have modified some extensions – everything is “automatically” saved.)
For example, to cleanup my cluttered right-click context menu…
…I disabled many existing extensions:
This is the end result I got:
Now would you look at that; my right-click context menu is a lot less cluttered now. Not only that, but the amount of secounds it takes to view my context menu have dramatically decreased from 10 secounds, to around 2-4 secounds. Now if that isn’t a vast improvement I don’t know what is; especially considering it only took me a few minutes to modify.
So let’s do a quick review. Less clutter means more organized, and performance (speed) increase when right-clicking on things. So evaluate your right-click context menu today and see if you need some cleaning up to do =).
You may grab ShellExView from the following links:
Version reviewed: v1.47
Supported OS: Windows 98 and higher
Download size: 54-122 KB depending on the version you download
Special thanks to David for the heads up on this program.
[This article has been contributed to dotTech by Lascannon.]