It is possible to manipulate shell extensions that are installed on your computer more easily with ShellExView, which is a free utility. You can use this application to disable and enable specific shortcuts or commands that are available from the programmes installed on your computer, depending on your preferences. You don’t have to go through the hassle and risk of editing your Windows registry to accomplish your goals. In Windows Explorer, it can be used to troubleshoot and resolve context-menu problems that are caused by certain right-click actions.
Part 1 Downloading ShellExView
1. Download ShellExView. Go to http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shexview.html and download ShellExView. Look for the download links towards the bottom of the page.
2. Install the programme on your computer. Install the programme by double-clicking on the setup file and allowing it to run. Shexview setup.exe is the name of the installation file.
3. Start the programme and see what happens. Locate the programme shortcut in either the Start menu or on your desktop and double-click it. To start the programme, simply double-click on it.
Part 2 Viewing Shell Extensions
1. View contents. Upon running the program, a list of extensions will be listed in a simple tabular format.
2. Sort the results by type. It is preferable to organise the extensions by type in order to facilitate management and manipulation. You don’t want to make the mistake of accidentally editing or deleting something from the wrong item type. To properly sort the extensions, select the Type column from the drop-down menu.
3. Pay attention to the Context Menu. The majority of the reasons for wishing to manipulate shell extensions have to do with issues with Windows Explorer, particularly with right-click operations. When troubleshooting this issue, the context menu extensions will be a good place to start looking.
4. Take note of the items that have been highlighted in red. Make sure to pay close attention to the items that have been highlighted in red before proceeding with any modifications. These are the non-Microsoft extensions that were installed as a result of the software that you installed.
Part 3 Disabling Shell Extensions
1. Exercise extreme caution. Prior to making any changes, make certain that you proceed with caution. Any incorrect manipulation can result in Windows becoming unresponsive.
Perhaps you’d like to create a system restore point before moving forward.
2. Choose a shell extension from the drop-down menu. Only the items highlighted in red, which are the non-Microsoft extensions, should be selected for further consideration.
It is not recommended that you interact with the Microsoft extensions because it may cause damage to your computer.
3. Disable an extension by clicking on it. While the selected extension is highlighted in red, click the red circle button on the action toolbar to initiate the action. The selected extension will be disabled as a result of this action.
When you’re finished, click the “Yes” button on the confirmation dialogue box to confirm your decision.
4. View the disabled extension in its entirety. By looking at the Disabled column, you will be able to determine which extensions are disabled. All of the items marked with a Yes are no longer available.
5. Disable more extensions. Repeat Steps 2 to 4 to disable more extensions.
6. Restart your computer. You will not be able to use your computer until after you have rebooted it, so make sure to do so.
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