How to Disable Context Menu of Start Menu

You can complete this task in two ways. Choose the way you prefer. I’m using Windows 10. Let’s get started.

Method #1

Open the Registry Editor. I suggest that you backup the Registry before proceeding.

Navigate to the following keys to disable the right-click menu for all users:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft > Windows.

If you want the right-click menu for the current user to be disabled, navigate to the following keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Policies > Microsoft > Windows.

Here, I do this for the “current user,” but the steps remain the same for “all users.”

Press the Explorer key. If you do not see this key, you will have to create it.

Here’s how: Right-click on the Windows key, select New > Key, enter the name as Explorer and then press Enter.

Right-click on the space in the right pane.

Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Enter the name as DisableContextMenusInStart and then press Enter.

Double-click on it.

In the Value data field, provide 1 and then press the OK button.

That’s it.

In the Start menu, you will no longer see the right-click menu.

You can enable the right-click menu by deleting DisableContextMenusInStart DWORD or replacing 1 with 0.

Method #2

Type gpedit.msc in the Run Command Box and then press the Enter key.

If you want to disable the context menu for the current user, go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.

To disable the context menu for all users, go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.

Here, I do this for the “current user,” but the steps remain the same for “all users.”

In the right pane, double-click “Disable context menus in the Start Menu.”

Select Enabled and click OK.

That’s all.

In the Start menu, you will no longer see the right-click menu.

Note: To enable the right-click menu, follow the steps above and choose Not Configured or Disabled.

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