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Published on 06.19.09 by Brent Trahan

Remove the Default Context Menu from Windows Explorer

Learn how to remove Windows Explorer’s Default context menu in Windows 7.

Removes shortcut menus from the desktop and Windows Explorer. Shortcut menus appear when you right-click an item.

If you enable this setting, menus do not appear when you right-click the desktop or when you right-click the items in Windows Explorer. This setting does not prevent users from using other methods to issue commands available on the shortcut menus.

Remove Windows Explorer’s Default Context Menu

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Windows Explorer in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Remove Windows Explorer’s default context menu in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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