Add or remove default apps from desktop context menu in Windows 11/10


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

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

To add or supersede the applications to default to the context menu of the bureau in Windows 11/10, you may sometimes modify the register and you must be connected as an administrator to add or supersede the context menu of the bureau des applications to default to all the users. For Windows 11 users, when you add the Default apps to access the element, you need 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 a necessary precaution.

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Add In the default context menu of Apps to Desktop in Windows 11/10, do the following:

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

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDesktopBackgroundShellDefaultApps]
"MUIVerb"="Default apps"
"Position"="Bottom"
"Icon"="imageres.dll,-24"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDesktopBackgroundShellDefaultAppscommand]
@="explorer ms-settings:defaultapps"
  • Now click on the Proceedings option in 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 (eg; AddDefApps-DesktopMenu.reg).
  • Choose All the files from save as type the dropdown list.
  • Double click the saved .reg file to merge it.
  • If prompted, click Run > Yes (UAC) > Yes > Correct to approve the merge of log files.
  • No need to restart.
  • You can now remove the .reg file if you wish.

to remove (default setting) Desktop context menu default apps in Windows 11/10, please do as follows:

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

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDesktopBackgroundShellDefaultApps]
  • Repeat all the same steps above, but this time you can save the log file with .reg extension (eg; RemoveDefApps-DesktopMenu.reg).

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

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDesktopBackgroundShellDefaultApps

This is how to add or remove default apps from desktop context menu in Windows 11/10!

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To add items, select them in the left panel 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 the items you don’t want.

To add more options or items to the new context menu, do the following:

  • 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, for example the name of the application.

How do I set default apps on my desktop?

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

Add or remove default apps from desktop context menu in Windows 11/10

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