Classic Context Menu via StartAllBack - How to customize it?


Jose Hidalgo

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Hi everybody πŸ˜€ My customized Win 11 config is as this:
  • Start Menu: via Open Shell (I like their menu look & feel, I'm used to it since Win 7)
  • Explorer : via StartAllBack (Classic Win 7 style)
  • Context menu: via StartAllBack (Classic Win 7 style)
  • Taskbar : via StartAllBack and TranslucentTB
It all works great. Now I'd just like to customize my context menu contents, and by that I mean the following:
  1. Delete unwanted items. For example I have installed Git (it was required by another app), and now I have two context menu items (Open Git GUI here and Open Git BASH here) which I don't want at all. Same could be said of mp3Tag, which somehow added an uneeded context menu item.
  2. Reorganize items (up/down, separators...), since currently they're not in an order that suits me.
To achieve those two objectives as easily as possible, I'd like to find a dedicated app with a nice GUI. I don't want to resort directly to regedit if that can be avoided.

What app would you suggest, please? Thanks in advance. :-)
 

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... and it doesn't seem to be what I'm looking for, is it?

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Delete unwanted items. For example I have installed Git (it was required by another app), and now I have two context menu items (Open Git GUI here and Open Git BASH here) which I don't want at all. Same could be said of mp3Tag, which somehow added an uneeded context menu item.
I disabled many unwanted items from the context menu by registry tweaks.
Starting with windows 7 until now I collected such tweaks for:
- Share with
- Share
- Scan with Windows Defender
- Add to Library
- Pin to Quick Access
- Pin to Start Menu
- Pin to taskbar
- Restore previous versions
- Burn disk image file
- Fix compatibility issues
- Add to favorites
- Copy as path
- Open in terminal
Those registry tweaks all are to be found by searching the Internet and maybe they are listed as well in one or more ElevenForum tutorials (did not look at that now).

I have made a registry file in which all entries for the disabled items are listed, so that after installing Windows I can just change everything in just one go!

Other context entries that I did not like, for instance for specific programs, I disabled by the freeware programs ShellExView and/or ShellMenuView.
Entries in the context menu 'New' can be disabled by (freeware) ShellMenuNew (although it's not possible to disable the three entries that come with Google Drive, they keep coming).

That's how I made the context menus more or less to my wishes.

As far as I know the order of the context menus cannot be altered!
 

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Sure. Here's an example (right-click on my desktop, but of course the Context Menu changes with the context):

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All the marked options are completely unnecessary to me, and I don't want them in my Context Menu.
 

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@Jose Hidalgo

I've found EasyContextMenu from German software firm Sordum to be effective at removing unwanted software shortcuts from the desktop context menu. Sordum says,
How to Clean the Right Click Menu
The context menu is often abused by software vendors who add useless entries without asking permission. You can use ECM’s new context menu cleaner feature to remove all unwanted entries.


There's no installer. It just runs from the executable.

Clipboard_01.jpg
The fourth button from the left, with the yellow broom icon on the mouse, activates the Cleaner and scans your computer for added software entries.
In this shot, the entries "Zap 'em" and "Restart Explorer" were added by me, and can be easily removed by this small program.
Clipboard_02.jpg
 

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Also, for (occasional, repeated) removal of New > Bitmap and New > Text, see these bat files:

 

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@Wisewiz thanks to EasyContextMenu I was able to remove 3 of the 7 aforementioned unwanted entries.
Unfortunately the others remain. They fall into 2 categories :
  • Those that aren't found and listed by EasyContextMenu (ex: mp3Tag, WinMerge)
  • Those that are found and listed but aren't removed, despite unchecking all possible occurrences (ex: DropBox)
Here's the current state:

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Starting with Dropbox: I'd do a registry search for DropboxExt. It may be in another key.
It's an old program. Maybe Mp3tag isn't in its db. Again, I'd try a registry search for Mp3tag and see whether anything comes up.
Ditto for WinMerge.

Don't know what else to suggest. Some of these things are really difficult to get rid of.
 

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    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
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    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
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    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
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    LG E2442
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    1920x1080
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    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
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    500GB NVMe SSD (Data)
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    Lenovo SFF
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    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
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    LogiTech M510 wireless
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    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
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    Chrome, sometimes Firefox
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    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
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    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3447
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
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    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together
OK, thanks anyway, no worries :-)

I have solved the issue for mp3tag, WinMerge and WizTree, by uninstalling and reinstalling them.
They were installed by WingetUI, so unfortunately the Context Menu options were automatically checked. I had to reinstall them manually and disable such options.
So that makes 6 out of 7. Success! πŸ˜€

Now all that's left is Dropbox.
I have just searched the registry. There are many entries for DropboxExt. The following screen cap is just an example.
I'm afraid to do something harmful.

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I have followed this tutorial ( How to Add or Remove Dropbox Context Menu in Windows ) with an attached .reg file and everything, but unfortunately it hasn't worked. I guess it's too old (2020) and the registry keys are no longer valid.
 
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    2560x1440
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    2 TB Samsung 990 Pro
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    850W Corsair RM850e (2023, ATX 3.0)
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    Corsair Crystal 280X RGB White
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    Aerocool Mirage L240 AIO
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    Corsair K55
    Mouse
    Vertical mouse from AliExpress
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    Windows Defender
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