Disable Stardock's context menu options


TizianoMad

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Stardock's Object Desktop

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Context Menu Options
which can be disabled




Using some Stardock's (Object Desktop) apps to customize the OS can be pretty pleasant, despite a few glitches and incompatibilities.
Though, a bunch of unnecessary options are added in the File Explorer context menus, which I prefer to keep light, clean and useful.
Generally, once I've set everything I need with an app, I don't need a quick access to them through the context menu all the time.
Some can be disabled in app, but not all of them.






I finally found a way to get rid of a few ones.
I've tried 4 of the most popular "context menu customizer" apps, and only one helped me.

(Portable)






File Explorer :
    


        Easy Main Context Menu.PNG



        Context Menu Cleaner.PNG



  • Start11

        Pin to Start11
        (selecting and dragging is completely sufficient).

        Pin to Start11.png                No Pin to Start11.png

    >> Untick Start10Shell option


  • Fences

        Show this [folder /or file] on the desktop
        ("Copy & Paste shortcut" option is ample).

        
    stardock-context-menu-explorer-folder-png.42447


    >> Untick FencesShellExt [Directory+Folder+File] options






"7zip" ZIP file icon
  • Conflict with IconDeveloper

        due to "open with" option added

        
    stardock-context-menu-zip-open-with-png.42449



        
    7zip-png.42441


    >> Reattribute the extension in the 7zip options.





Unsuccessful :


  • Desktop Context Menu

    Unfortunately, I couldn't find a way to disable the "Configure" options only from the Desktop context menu.
    In fact, I do need to keep "Pause/Resume DeskScapes" and "Lock Fences", but each of them are linked to their "Configure" separate option.


        
stardock-context-menu-desktop-png.42445




  • CursorFX icon in the Notification Area

    And last, I would have liked to find a way to get rid of the CursorFX icon in the Notification area.
    (which is also completely useless and takes up place for nothing)

        
    stardock-cursor-notification-system-tray-png.42448


    (no need to give indications about hiding it thanks to the personalization settings, a proper remove is the aim).

    >> It is actually possible to remove it by restarting File Explorer without breaking the app's process, but this is not a real solution.




If you have any idea how to solve the last 2 issues, that would be great.
 
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Unfortunately, I couldn't find a way to disable the "Configure" options only from the Desktop context menu.
In fact, I do need to keep "Pause/Resume DeskScapes" and "Lock Fences", but each of them are linked to their "Configure" separate option.

It looks like you are using Shell and it can remove unwanted items without modifying the Windows Registry.
See the following example

Code:
static
{
    item(find='Configure Fences|Configure DeskScapes' vis=remove)
}

Add this code to static items section in "shell.shl" file. then press Ctrl+right-click to reload settings
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DELL Optiplex
    CPU
    i5 10th
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    DELL 27" U2722DE
Thanks a lot @moud for your help.

I need just a bit further assistance to configure my "SHELL", so I'll ask you this in the dedicated thread.
 
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CursorFX icon in the Notification Area

And last, I would have liked to find a way to get rid of the CursorFX icon in the Notification area.
(which is also completely useless and takes up place for nothing)

    
stardock-cursor-notification-system-tray-png.42448


(no need to give indications about hiding it thanks to the personalization settings, a proper remove is the aim).

>> It is actually possible to remove it by restarting File Explorer without breaking the app's process, but this is not a real solution.

Funny how this app is the only one from Stardock which doesn't offer the SysTray display option.

I was able to access and delete the registry key in
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
but unfortunately, it just prevents the app from starting with Windows, and just comes back when you reapply a cursor.

Is there a way of adding something extra that just indicates not to display the SysTray icon ?
 

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System One System Two

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    Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC  Dual Boot  21H2 + 1809
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
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    Self-made 2013
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-2550K
    Motherboard
    Intel DH67CL
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
    Sound Card
    EmuPMX
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16/9 Samsung + 4/3 iiyama
    Screen Resolution
    1360 x 768 + 1024 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Main SSD: Samsung 250 Gb
    Secondary HDDs: Western Digital
    (Purple 4 Tb + Blue 2 Tb) x2
    + Green 0.5 Tb
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    Antec
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  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    Other Info
    Using W11 OS on customers' computers more and more often, and sometimes on my mum's new laptop.
Code:
static
{
item(find='Configure Fences|Configure DeskScapes' vis=remove)
}
Add this code to static items section in "shell.shl" file. then press Ctrl+right-click to reload settings

Perfect !
  • As I'm also using SHELL in french, I just added the translated option ("Configurer Fences" /and without the following "®")
  • Made the "Extra" options available via [Shift + Right-Click]
  • Selected a 20 character range (this way, "Open as Administrator" appears in "More options", but I guess there's a proper way to work this out, in case words are shorter in other languages)
Here's the nss file (to replace the one in C:\Program Files\Nilesoft Shell).
 

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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC  Dual Boot  21H2 + 1809
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self-made 2013
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-2550K
    Motherboard
    Intel DH67CL
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
    Sound Card
    EmuPMX
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16/9 Samsung + 4/3 iiyama
    Screen Resolution
    1360 x 768 + 1024 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Main SSD: Samsung 250 Gb
    Secondary HDDs: Western Digital
    (Purple 4 Tb + Blue 2 Tb) x2
    + Green 0.5 Tb
    Case
    Antec
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Mouse
    Advance
    Browser
    Chrome &  LibreWolf
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    + Portable Cleanup Utilities :

    AdwCleaner
    ZHP Cleaner (+Diag)
    Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool
    CCleaner
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    Other Info
    Using W11 OS on customers' computers more and more often, and sometimes on my mum's new laptop.

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