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How to Add or Remove Default Apps from Desktop Context Menu in Windows 11/10

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How to Add or Remove Default Apps from Desktop Context Menu in Windows 11/10

In this article, we are going to show you how to add or remove Default Apps from the desktop context menu in Windows 11/10 by editing the Windows registry.

Add or remove default apps from the desktop context menu

A default app is the program that Windows automatically uses when you open a particular file type or protocol on your device. When you're signed in as an administrator on Windows 11/10, you can make the following changes from the Default Apps page in Settings, which applies to the current user:

  • Choose the default apps/programs for emails, maps, music or video player, photo viewer, and web browser.
  • Reset the microsoft recommended default values.
  • Choose the default applications by file type.
  • Choose the default applications by protocol.
  • Set default values per application.

To add or remove default apps from the desktop context menu in Windows 11/10, you need to edit the registry and you need to be logged in as an administrator before you can add or remove the desktop context menu from the default apps for all users. For Windows 11 users, when you add the Default Apps to access the item, you should Show more options.

Since this is a registry operation, it is recommended that you back up the registry or create a system restore point as necessary precautionary measures.

Add In the Default Apps to Desktop pop-up menu in Windows 11/10, do the following:

 
  • Press Windows Key + R to invoke the Run dialog box.
  • In the Run dialog box, type Notepad and press Enter to open Notepad.
  • Copy and paste the code below into the text editor.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\DefaultApps]
"MUIVerb"="Default apps"
"Position"="Bottom"
"Icon"="imageres.dll,-24"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\DefaultApps\command]
@="explorer ms-settings:defaultapps"
  • Now, click on the File option from the menu and select Save As button.
  • Choose a location (preferably the desktop) where you want to save the file.
  • Enter a name with .reg extension (for example; AddDefApps-DesktopMenu.reg).
  • Choose All Files from Backup as type the drop-down list.
  • Double-click the saved .reg file to merge it.
  • If prompted, click Run > Yes (UAC) > Yes > agree to approve the registry file merge.
  • No reboot required.
  • You can now delete the .reg file if you wish.

 

Remove (default) Default apps from the desktop context menu in Windows 11/10, follow these steps:

  • Open Notepad.
  • Copy and paste the code below into the text editor.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\DefaultApps]
  • Repeat all the same steps as above, but this time you can save the reg file with .reg extension (for example; RemoveDefApps-DesktopMenu.reg).

The .reg files will add or remove the registry key in the following registry path:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\DefaultApps

That's all about how to add or remove default apps from the desktop context menu in Windows 11/10!

 

Related article: Add the project view option to the desktop context menu

How do I add or remove items from the context menu?

To add items, select the items in the left pane and click the Add or + button. To delete items, select the items displayed in the right pane and click the Delete or Trash button. Cleaning up the new context menu will give you a new, smaller menu by removing items you don't want.

How do I add more options to the new context menu?

To add more options or items to the new shortcut menu, follow these steps:

Start registry editor (REGEDIT.EXE)
Extend the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT by clicking the plus sign.
Scroll down and expand the Unknown subkey.
Click on the Shell key and right-click on it.
Select New from the context menu and choose Key.
Enter the name you want to display, such as the name of the app.

How do I set default apps on my desktop?

To set the default apps on your desktop on Windows 11/10 PC, click the Start menu, select Settings > apps, > Default apps. Select the default value you want to set, and then choose the app. You can also get new apps from the Microsoft Store.

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