How to Customize Desktop Context Menu on Windows 10

Procedures in order to Customize Desktop Context Menu on Windows 10 – Making a right click on an unoccupied space on desktop prompts a group of options on a rectangular menu. This rectangular menu is the context menu that carries many such options a user doesn’t usually click for years. So, making it productive for oneself by excluding and including options here may be a good idea. If you ponder to Enable Briefcase in Windows 10 Context Menu, read this article.

The Desktop Context Menu exhibits Graphics Options (Intel), NVIDIA Control Panel, and Graphics Properties (Intel) which seldom or never user touches. Removing these options makes the context menu doesn’t only trim it but also declutter. In addition, if you include few options like Registry editor and group policy editor the context menu becomes more meaningful.

Customize Desktop Context Menu on Windows 10

Take a Backup of Registry Editor

First of all, you will Customize Desktop Context Menu on Windows 10 by manipulating the Registry Editor. So, before you start the tweak ensure to take a backup. Another noteworthy thing is you require to be enough capable of performing the Registry tweaks. Take help from How to Import and Export Registry Editor on Windows 10.

Remove Options from Desktop Context menu

Step 1 – Open registry using a convenient method. The Easiest one is typing Regedit in the Search field of Start menu and click the identical result at the top.

How to Customize Desktop Context Menu on Windows 10 step 1

When UAC Prompts on the screen click Yes button to for responding positively.

Step 2 – Navigate through the below-written path


You notice a few keys in ContextMenuHandlers. These keys are responsible for exhibiting the options on the Desktop context menu.

contextmenuhandlers registry editor

List of Registry Keys showing options on the Desktop Context Menu:

Registry Key Option on Desktop Context Menu
NvCplDesktopContext NVIDIA Control Panel
igfxDTCM Graphics Options (Intel)
igfxcui Graphics Properties (Intel)
New New

Step 3 – Right-click on any key (see the table) and click on Delete in order to remove an item.

NvCplDesktopContext delete registry editor

This means deleting igfxcui key will remove the option Graphics Properties. Similarly, NVIDIA Control Panel will be excluded when you delete NvCplDesktopContext.

After deleting a few keys, the Desktop context menu appears trimmed and clear like this

How to Customize Desktop Context Menu on Windows 10 look

Remove Display Settings and Personalize

Step 1 – On the Registry Editor follow the underneath written path


Step 2 – Make a right-click on Display and select Permission.

permission display shell registry editor

Step 3Permission for Display window appears, hit Advanced button.

How to Customize Desktop Context Menu on Windows 10 permission for display advanced button

Step 4Advanced Security Settings for Display becomes visible, hit the link Change adjacent to Owner at the uppermost part.

change link owner advanced security settings for display

Step 5 – Write the Administrator name and click Check name button and once the name is verified click Ok.

How to Customize Desktop Context Menu on Windows 10 select use or group

Step 6 – Finally, hit Apply after the OK on the Advanced Security Settings for Display window placed at the bottom.

apply button advanced security settings for display

Step 7 – In the upper block of Permission for Display window, click Administrator in and checkbox for column Allow and Row Full control in the lower block. Finally, hit Apply and successively OK located at the lowermost part.

administrators in Group or user names and Allow full control in permission for administrator apply button

Step 8 – Perform a right-click on the Display registry key and choose Delete.

How to Customize Desktop Context Menu on Windows 10 delete display key

The same operations with the registry key Personalize on the registry editor will remove this key.

Add a New Option

Step 1 – To add an option to the desktop context menu on Windows 10 browse the registry keys –


Step 2 – Execute a right-click on the registry key shell and opt for New afterward Key.

How to Customize Desktop Context Menu on Windows 10 shell new key

Step 3 – Suppose you include Registry Editor on the desktop context menu, then write the name of the key Registry Editor. In the same way, perform a right click on Registry Editor (just built key) and press New followed by Key. Write the name of this key command.

registry editor and command key and subkey in shell

Step 4 – Subsequently you will requisite the path of the default location of the registry editor hence, write regedit in the search of the start menu. When the result is displayed at the top perform a right-click on regedit and select Open File Location.

open file location regedit search start

Step 5 – The file location of the registry editor becomes visible, select regedit, and hit Copy path at the ribbon of the File Explorer.

copy path regedit default folder location

Step 4 – Select the key command and move to the right side of the editor and make a double click on (Default). In the Value data field, paste the path of the registry editor and click OK.

How to Customize Desktop Context Menu on Windows 10 command default value data

Hence, In the same way, you can add more items and options to the Desktop context menu more productive for you.

 registry editor context menu windows 10

In addition, a simple registry hack lets enable the old narrow desktop context menu on Windows 10.

Therefore, when Customize Desktop Context Menu on Windows 10 by including and Excluding choices, you bring new life to it.

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Topics:  Windows 10
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Love to play with Windows 11 and 10. Suggestion - Going for Registry change or system files edit then remember to take a backup or create a restore point before Starting.