Personalization Add or Remove NVIDIA Control Panel Context Menu in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the "NVIDIA Control Panel" desktop context menu for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

If your Windows device has NIVIDIA graphics and NVIDIA display drivers installed, the NVIDIA Control Panel is included in the GeForce driver.

Featuring display management, application, and gaming-specific features, the NVIDIA Control Panel ensures the best overall experience using NVIDIA graphics.

The NVIDIA Control Panel is added to the desktop context menu by default.

If wanted, you can remove NVIDIA Control Panel from the desktop context menu.


Contents

  • Option One: Add or Remove NVIDIA Control Panel Desktop Context Menu in NVIDIA Control Panel
  • Option Two: Add or Remove NVIDIA Control Panel Desktop Context Menu using REG file


EXAMPLE: NVIDIA Control Panel desktop context menu

In Windows 11, it is required to click/tap on Show more options first by default to see the NVIDIA Control Panel item.


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NVIDIA_Control_Panel-context_menu.png





Option One

Add or Remove NVIDIA Control Panel Desktop Context Menu in NVIDIA Control Panel


1 Open the NVIDIA Control Panel (nvcplui.exe).

2 Click/tap on Display on the menu bar in the NVIDIA Control Panel. (see screenshot below)

3 Check (add - default) or uncheck (remove) Add Desktop Context Menu for what you want.

4 You can now close the NVIDIA Control Panel if you like.

NVIDIA_Control_Panel.png





Option Two

Add or Remove NVIDIA Control Panel Desktop Context Menu using REG file


1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.

2 Add "NVIDIA Control Panel" to Desktop context menu

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Add_NVIDIA_Control_Panel_to_desktop_context_menu.reg


(Content of .reg file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\NVIDIA Corporation\Global\NvCplApi\Policies]
"ContextUIPolicy"=dword:00000002

3 Remove "NVIDIA Control Panel" from Desktop context menu

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Remove_NVIDIA_Control_Panel_from_desktop_context_menu.reg


(Content of .reg file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\NVIDIA Corporation\Global\NvCplApi\Policies]
"ContextUIPolicy"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink
 

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Something also new shows up here never used to.

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Strangely, the context menu option is missing on optimus enabled notebooks, and the regedit doesn't work either.
 

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Strangely, the context menu option is missing on optimus enabled notebooks, and the regedit doesn't work either.
Odd. Do you have the latest NVIDIA drivers installed?

 

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Odd. Do you have the latest NVIDIA drivers installed?


Yes, have conversed with nvidia rep Manuel G about it, and hes not sure it has ever worked on optimus config either.
 

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Yes, have conversed with nvidia rep Manuel G about it, and hes not sure it has ever worked on optimus config either.

I suppose you could try directly installing the NVIDIA Control Panel app below from the Microsoft Store to see if it may be available/work afterwards.

 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
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    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
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    Chrome and Edge
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    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium

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