Getting rid of annoying context menu options

Some programs insist on adding items to the context menu. Most of the time, the installation program does not ask first whether I want that – mostly I don’t – and even more annoyingly, most programs also do not offer an easy way to turn off the integration into the right-click menu.

Luckily, there are tools that can help reducing the clutter to something meaningful, like Nirsoft’s excellent ShellMenuView and ShellExView
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Unforyunately, some companies make it very difficult to get rid of their additions. Adobe is really getting on my nerves, as it adds a variety of items that I don’t find useful, some of which I can’t even get rid of with the above mentioned tools from Nirsoft.

If you also want to keep a clean right-click menu in Windows Explorer, the below information might help:

  • To remove the Combine supported files in Acrobat context menu item:
    regsvr32 /u "C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 10.0\Acrobat Elements\ContextMenu.dll"
    or for 64-bit Windows:
    regsvr32 /u "C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 10.0\Acrobat Elements\ContextMenu64.dll"
  • To remove Outlook PDF Maker:
    regsvr32 /u "C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 10.0\PDFMaker\Mail\Outlook\PDFMOutlook.dll"

Fix for PDF-thumbnail on 64-bit Windows 8

After my upgrade to Windows 8, PDF’s no longer showed as thumbnails in Windows Explorer.┬áThe small utility at fixed that.