Right-click options or Context menus in Start menu of Windows 10 help us to resize a live tile, unpin a tile, pin an app to Start menu or taskbar, uninstall an app, etc. As you can see, many important options are present there. If you don’t want anyone to access such options while using your Windows 10 PC, then disabling right-click options in Start menu is good. It will prevent you and others to uninstall, resize, unpin a tile, or do other changes to your Start menu. When someone will right-click on an app or tile, nothing will happen. Later, when you want to use all right-click context menus in Start menu, you can enable them anytime. Doing this is very simple and possible with two built-in features of Windows 10.
You can enable or disable right-click context menus in Start menu via Registry Editor and Local Group Policy Editor of Windows 10. This guide has covered both ways (or options) separately with step by step process. Use any option as per your convenience.
Before I start, you should also note this feature to enable/disable context menus in Start menu is possible with Windows 10 preview build 17083 or higher. Fall Creators Update and earlier versions don’t have this feature. So, either you must be using 17083 build or higher to use this feature right now or you need to wait for next stable version of Windows 10 to have this feature.
Let’s first check the easier method, which is Group Policy Editor.
Option 1: Enable or Disable Right Click Menus of Start Menu In Windows 10 via Group Policy Editor
This option is helpful for those running Pro or Enterprise edition of Windows 10.
1). Click on Search box > then write gpedit > and press Enter. It will launch Group Policy Editor. Alternatively, you can also use Run Command (Win+R) > type gpedit.msc > press Enter to open Group Policy.
2). Go to Computer Configuration > then expand Administrative Templates > and select Start Menu and Taskbar.
3). Double-tap on ‘Disable context menus in the Start Menu‘ option visible on the right section. You can see that in screenshot added above.
4). A large window is opened that includes Not Configured, Enabled, and Disabled options. Select ‘Enabled‘ option, tap on Apply and then OK button.
This is it! You have disabled right-click options of Start menu in Windows 10 successfully. No PC or File Explorer restart is needed.
5). To enable right-click options of Start menu again, repeat step 1 to 4, and in step 4, select Not Configured/Disabled option and save the change.
This will bring right-click options back to Start menu.
Option 2: Enable or Disable Context Menus In Start Menu of Windows 10 via Registry Editor
This option is mainly helpful for Home users of Windows 10. Pro and Enterprise edition users can also use it but since Group Policy is not present in Home edition, therefore option 2 is helpful for such users. Here are the steps:
1). Use Search box > write ‘regedit’ > press Enter key. Registry Editor window will open. Alternatively, you can open Run Command (Win+R), type ‘regedit’, and use Enter key to open Registry Editor.
2). In Registry Editor, go to Windows key by following this path:
3). Add a key under this Windows key and name it as ‘Explorer‘. You may look at the screenshot below for reference.
If Explorer key is already present, then you don’t need to create it.
4). Select Explorer key and then at the right-side you need to create a DWORD value. For this, do a right-click on empty area >New > and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value. Now rename this newly created value as ‘DisableContextMenusInStart‘.
5). Double-tap on DisableContextMenusInStart value and add ‘1‘ in visible Value data box. Press OK to save it.
All done! You have disabled right-click options in Start menu of Windows 10 using Registry Editor.
6). To enable right-click options in Start menu once again, repeat step 1 to 5, and in step 5, add ‘0‘ in Value data box. Save it and this will enable context menus in Start menu.
There are times when I need to disable right-click options of Start menu in my Windows 10 laptop. To prevent unnecessary changes, removing all context menus in Start menu temporarily is a better option for me. And these 2 ways help me for that. If you also want to do the same, then this guide is all you need to follow. Hope it’s gonna help you. Try these methods and you can also help others.