How to Enable or Disable Right-Click Context Menu in Start Menu of Windows 10?

The Right-click option is convenient on Windows 10. It enhances the productivity of the Windows operating system. Right-clicking on a pinned app or program lets you resize the tile, pin a program as a tile, uninstall a program, unpin a tile, pin an app to the taskbar, and more. To disallow or stop users from accessing all such options, you need to disable the right-click options for the Start menu. This article will guide you through enabling or disabling the right-click context menu in the Start menu on Windows 10.

The Right-click context menu in the Start menu on Windows 10 can be enabled or disabled in two ways:-

  1. Via Group Policy Editor
  2. Using Registry Editor

How to Enable or Disable Right-Click Context Menu in Start Menu of Windows 10 using GPEDIT?

Group Policy Edition is a built-in option in Enterprise and Pro editions of Windows 10. However, if you are running Windows 10 Home Edition, first enable the Group Policy Editor. After enabling the Group Policy Editor is on your Windows 10 Home Edition, you can proceed with the further instructions.

To disable the right-click in the Start Menu of Windows 10, do the following:-

Step 1. Launch the Group Policy Editor.

To launch the Group Policy Editor, open the Run box by pressing Windows Logo + R keys and type gpedit.msc.

Click the OK button to see the Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2. Once Local Group Policy Editor is opened on your PC, navigate to the following path:-

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

Step 3. In the right-side pane, double-click on the Disable context menus in the Start Menu setting.

Step 4. Click on the Enabled radio button.

Step 5. Click on the Apply then OK button to save the changes.

Step 6. Now, restart your PC to apply the changes.

Alternatively, open the Run box by pressing the Windows logo + R keys simultaneously. Type gpupdate and press Enter from the keyboard or click the OK button to apply the changes immediately without restarting your PC.

Once you execute the gpupdate command, a black window will open and close automatically after a few seconds.

From now, right-click on any program in the Start menu won’t work.

To re-enable the right-click option in the Start menu, follow the above steps, and select the Not Configured option on step 4.

Once you complete the above steps, depends on the selection, you should enable or disable right-click context menu in Windows 10 Start menu.

How to Enable or Disable Right-Click Context Menu in Start Menu of Windows 10 via Registry Editor?

If you don’t prefer to change the Group Policy Editor settings, or you prefer to edit Windows Registry, perform the following steps:-

Step 1. Press Windows Logo + R keys from the keyboard to open the Run box.

Step 2. Type regedit in the text box and click the OK button.

Step 3. Once the Registry Editor is opened, navigate to the following path:-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

Step 4. Create a new DWORD (32-bit) value under Explorer.

To do the same, right-click on the Explorer, select New, and then DWORD (32-bit) value.

Step 5. Rename the newly create DWORD (32-bit) value to DisableContextMenusInStart.

Step 6. Double-click on value DisableContextMenusInStart, and in the Value data field, change the value from 0 to 1.

Step 7. Click OK.

From now, right-click in the Start menu on Windows 10 is disabled.

If you change your mind and want to allow the right-click context menu in the Start menu, in the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key:-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

Delete the DWORD Value DisableContextMenusInStart.

Once you complete the above registry procedures, depends upon the selection, you should enable or disable right-click context menu in the Start menu.

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