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How to Use ContextEdit to Manage Your Context Menu Items in Windows
The context menu is the menu that appears when you right-click on a file, folder, or desktop in Windows. It offers you various actions you can perform with the item, such as opening, copying, deleting, renaming, and more. However, sometimes the context menu can get cluttered with too many entries from different programs that you install or uninstall. This can make it slow and hard to find the option you need.
Fortunately, there is a simple and handy tool that can help you edit your context menu items easily and safely. It is called ContextEdit[^1^], and it is a free software that lets you control which items are displayed on your context menu for different file types and extensions. You can add, remove, edit, or disable any context menu entry with just a few clicks. You can also view the shell commands and handlers associated with each entry and tweak them as you wish.
In this article, we will show you how to use ContextEdit to manage your context menu items in Windows 11/10/8/7. You will learn how to download, install, run, and use ContextEdit to customize your context menu according to your preferences.
How to Download and Install ContextEdit
ContextEdit is a lightweight and portable software that does not require installation. You can download it from the official website[^1^] or from other reputable sources like Softpedia[^2^]. The file size is less than 500 KB and it works on all versions of Windows from Windows 95 to Windows 11.
To download ContextEdit, follow these steps:
Go to the official website[^1^] or Softpedia[^2^] and click on the download link.
Save the ZIP file to your desired location on your computer.
Extract the ZIP file using a tool like WinRAR or 7-Zip.
You will see a file named cnxtedit.exe. This is the executable file of ContextEdit. You can run it directly or create a shortcut for it on your desktop or start menu.
How to Run and Use ContextEdit
Double-click on the cnxtedit.exe file or the shortcut you created for it.
You will see a window with two tabs: File Types and Extensions. The File Types tab shows you all the registered file types on your system and their associated context menu entries. The Extensions tab shows you all the registered file extensions on your system and their associated file types.
Select a file type or an extension from the list that you want to edit. You can use the search box at the bottom to find a specific item quickly.
You will see a list of context menu entries for the selected item on the right pane. You can select an entry and click on Edit to modify its command-line parameters or DDE settings. You can also click on Add to create a new entry or Remove to delete an existing entry. You can also use the Enable/Disable button to toggle the status of an entry.
If you want to find out which file type controls a certain extension, you can select an extension from the list and click on Find Master File Type. This will take you to the File Types tab and highlight the corresponding file type.
If you want to restore the default context menu entries for a file type or an extension, you can select it from the list and click on Restore Defaults. This will remove any custom entries that you have added or modified and restore the original ones.
When you are done editing your context menu items, click on OK to save your changes and exit ContextEdit.
Tips and Warnings
ContextEdit is a powerful tool that allows you to edit your context menu items in Windows easily. However, it also requires some caution and care when using it. You should always backup your registry before making any changes with ContextEdit. You can use a tool like RegBackup[^3^] to create a backup of your registry easily.
You should also avoid deleting or disabling any essential context menu entries that are required by Windows 061ffe29dd