How to customize the Windows 10 context menu

by Matthew Adams
Matthew Adams
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The context menu opens when you right-click the desktop or a folder, file and software shortcut. That opens a small menu with a variety of handy options and shortcuts. Windows 10 doesn’t include any built-in options to customize those menus, but you can still reconfigure them either by editing the registry yourself or with some extra software. These are some of the third-party software packages for Windows 10 you can customize the context menu with.

Add New Software and Website Shortcuts to the Desktop Context Menu

Context Menu Editor is a good utility for adding software and website shortcuts to the desktop context menu with. Add this program to Windows 10 by pressing the Download File button on this page. It saves as a compressed Zip folder, which you can decompress by opening it in File Explorer and selecting Extract all. Open the software from the extracted folder.

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  1. When you’ve opened the window above, you can press the Browse button beside the Path text box to choose a program shortcut to add to the context menu.
  2. Then enter a title for the shortcut in the Text box.
  3. Press the Set button, and right-click the desktop to open the context menu. Now it will include the software shortcut you just added.
  4. To add a new website shortcut to the menu, enter a site address in the URL text box.
  5. Type a title for the website in the Text box.
  6. Click the Set button at the bottom of window. Then you can open that website page by clicking its new shortcut on the context menu.

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Add New File Shortcuts to the Context Menu

You can’t add file shortcuts for documents and images to the context menu with Context Menu Editor. To do that, add FileMenu Tools to Windows 10 from Softpedia. Click Download on that page to save its setup, and run through the installer to add the program to your desktop or laptop.

  1. When you’ve opened the program’s window below, click Commands of FileMenu Tools if it’s not already selected.
  2. customize menu3Press the Add Command button to add a new shortcut.
  3. You can select Run program from the Action drop-down menu.
  4. Click inside the Program box and press the … button to choose a file for the shortcut to open.
  5. Delete New Command from the Menu Text box and enter the file title there.
  6. Then click the Apply Changes button.
  7. You should right-click the desktop to open the context menu, which now includes a new FileMenu Tools submenu with a variety of extra options. That will also include the new file shortcut you added to it. Click the shortcut and select a program to open the file with.

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Customize the Send to Menu

  1. Folder context menus include a Send to menu, which you can also customize with FileMenu Tools. To do that, click “Send To” menu on the software’s window as below.
  2. customize menu5You can delete items already on the Send to submenu by selecting them and clicking Delete.
  3. To add an item to the Send to submenu, select Add Command on the left.
  4. Select the Name box and enter a title for the item.
  5. Click the Target box and enter a folder path for the Send to item. Alternatively, you could click the … button to choose an exe file.
  6. customize menu6Press the Apply Changes button to apply the new Send to menu settings.

Delete Third-Party Software Options and Shortcuts on the Context Menu

  1. Some third-party software add new shortcuts and options to the context menu. You can erase those by selecting Commands of other applications on the FileMenu Tools window as below. Note you also need to run FileMenu Tools as an administrator to delete third-party items on the context menus.
  2. customize menu7Now click the selected check boxes there to remove their items from the context menu.
  3. Press the Apply Changes button to delete the software context menu items.

Add New Files to the New Submenu

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The context menu includes a New submenu from which you can select to set up new file types and add them to desktop. You can add more file formats to that submenu with Right Click Enhancer. Select Right Click Enhancer on this page to add the freeware version to your desktop. Then run the software and select New Menu Editor to open the window shown directly below.

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  1. Select a file format to add to the New menu from the False list.
  2. Click the green tick button.
  3. Then you should find the file format on the New submenu after a few minutes (but if you don’t restart Windows). You can right-click the desktop and select New to open the submenu shown directly below.

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Add Transparency and new Colors to the Context Menu

Aside from adding and removing shortcuts and options from the context menu, you can add a little transparency and new colors to it with Moo0 Transparent Menu. You can click Download on the Moo0 Transparent Menu Softpedia page to save its installer. Open the setup file to add it to Windows 10.

  1. When you have the software running, right-click its system tray icon and select Menu Transparency.
  2. Select a transparency value from the menu.
  3. Then right-click the desktop to open your new, transparent context menu as shown below.
  4. customize menu10To add new colors, click Menu Skin on the software’s menu to open the submenu shown directly below.
  5. customize menu11Select a color option from that menu, and right-click the desktop again to open the customized context menu as below. Note that this can also modify menu colors in other applications.

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So there are many ways you can customize the context menu with those programs. The context menu gives you an entirely new way to set up shortcuts to software, files, websites and system options. By expanding the context menus, you can then remove desktop and Start menu shortcuts.

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