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Published on 06.19.09 by Brent Trahan

Remove the File Menu from Windows Explorer

Learn how to remove the File menu from Windows Explorer in Windows 7.

This setting does not prevent users from using other methods to perform tasks available on the File menu.

Remove File Menu from Explorer

  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.


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


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  1. p309 says:

    Thanks for this– I’ve been using Windows 7 for quite some time, and the MISSING file menu was driving me nuts. I was able to enable it quite easily using this tip, and the change was immediate– didn’t have to log off or reboot.

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