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Trick to Clean Up Your Messy Internet Explorer Context Menu in Windows

Is your Internet Explorer context menu fully out of control? Is it so long that it in fact runs off the screen? Here’s how to rapidly take a rare steps to get freed of all that absurd muddle without installing Google Chrome instead.

Giant Context Menus!

Here’s a screenshot of the actual context menu in the browser on my PC, which is clearly completely out of control—and I don’t even use Internet Explorer on a regular basis.

Clean Out the Messy Context Menu

The first thing you’ll notice is that there’s an “Accelerators” section of the context menu, and if you don’t use any of them, you can easily get rid of them all. Just head into Tools –> Manage Add-ons, click on Accelerators on the left-hand menu, and then disable any of the items that you don’t use.

While you’re in here, you should also click on Toolbars and Extensions and get rid of anything else that you don’t actually need—it’ll make Internet Explorer run a whole lot faster.

Next you’ll want to open up regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt

Once you’re there, right-click on the key and choose Export, and then save out the file somewhere just in case you need to revert the changes—if you do, you can simply double-click on the exported file to put everything back.

And now you can start deleting all the items that you don’t use.

You’ll need to restart Internet Explorer once you’re done, but you should notice that the context menu is much smaller than it used to be.

Much better, though still not great. Hopefully Internet Explorer 9 will make the menu system simpler.


the authorRahul
Rahul is one of the pillars of blacklisthackers. He went to college to study civil engg. But found himself attracted to computer science more. As a result he bunked most of his classes to learn more about things related to computer. An all time techie, he loves to explore new trends of hacking and spends most of his time implementing them. Besides being a social networking freak, Rahul enjoys photography and loves watching movies.

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