Slow Windows 10 context menu: how to speed it up in a few clicks

Do you know when you right-click on a file or folder and you have to wait a few seconds before the contextual menu (the one with all the options) opens? Here it is. If you’re here, it’s because you can’t bear to see the Windows wheel load, load, and load anymore. Today we reveal how to solve the problem!

What is the Windows 10 context menu

In a nutshell, this:

The ” context menu “, or contextual menu , of Windows 10, is the drop-down menu that opens after clicking with the right mouse button on a file, or on a folder.

You will have, at least once in your life, come across long loads to be able to open this menu. Having a quick context menu is very important, because we use it every day on our computer, to do some operations faster , which otherwise would require each time to go in search of the right application.

Why is the Windows 10 context menu slow?

This problem occurs after installing many apps on your computer. In fact, many software are integrated within this menu, so that they can be called up faster.

When you install VLC Video, for example, this will insert its own recall item also in the contextual menu, which will appear when you interact with the audio / video files (and with all the files that can be opened by VLC). However, if you consider the fact that almost every app installs an item in that menu, over time it will fill up and take a long time to load all the items. This will lose the immediacy effect for which this menu was designed by Microsoft.

How to speed up the opening of the Windows context menu

For the reasons just listed, what we will have to do is go and remove some apps from this menu. We will make use of special software, which you can easily download from this link . The software in question is called Easy Context Menu and, as the name suggests, allows us to customize our context menu quickly and easily.

Once you have downloaded the program, you will find yourself in front of this window:

Click on the icon shown in the figure above, and another screen will open, similar to the following:

Now, what you have to do is remove the tick from the applications you don’t want to see in the context menu .

Be careful what you disable! Don’t take everything away!

For example, my advice is to remove applications like Kaspersky Anti-Virus, but to leave VLC, because it is often useful. In my case I also removed Dropbox, because it is not a service that I take advantage of a lot, but you evaluate what to take away and what not to take away. Obviously, the more programs you remove, the faster your contextual menu will be.

But you haven’t finished the job . Now you have to save the changes made.

So, open a command prompt window (WINDOWS + R keys, type “cmd” and hit enter). After this you must execute the following commands in sequence. Learn them by heart, because these commands will restart the Windows explorer, not allowing you to interact with this web page for a few moments.

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe


Well. Now everything will be back to normal. If you should encounter any problems during the execution of these commands, simply turn the computer off and on again, and repeat the procedure from the beginning.

At this point you are done.
Now your contextual menu will be newer and faster than ever

For any doubt, as always, just write to us below, or on our social networks. We are happy to help you! See you next time!


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