Can the Adobe Acrobat Right-Click Menu Be Altered?


When you install utility software on a computer, other aspects of your system may be changed. This includes the right-click feature on your computer. When you right-click in applications like Adobe Acrobat, a special "context" menu features the ability to create PDFs, merge documents and other options. If you want to remove the menu, you must delete sections of your Windows registry.

Registry Editor

  • The right-click menus are altered through the Windows Registry Editor. In Windows 7, click on the "Start" icon and click in the search box. Type in "Registry Editor" and the application will appear. If you've never used that application before, press "OK" to authorize access. In other versions of Windows, click "Start," select "Run" and type in "RegEdit" to load the application. Exit out of all running software before using the Registry Editor to prevent your computer from freezing or having problems.

Registry Backup

  • Before you can delete the right-click menu, you should back up the registry on your computer. Click on the "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT" folder to highlight it. Click on "File" and "Export." Select the folder where you want to save the files. Type in a file name and click "Save." The registry backup file will render and save.

Registry Entries

  • Click on the "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT" folder to expand it. Expand the "*" folder and then the "Shellex" menu. Expand the "Context Menu" folder and look for the Adobe Acrobat folders. If you had multiple versions of Adobe Acrobat, there will be multiple folders. Expand the folder for the newest version of Adobe Acrobat. Click on the folder to load the registry entries. Each entry has a description of the menu items. Delete the items you want to remove.

Extended Menu Registry

  • Extra menu files may be located in an additional folder. Click on the "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT" folder and scroll down to the "Folder" subfolder. Click on the "Shellex" menu and then select the "ContextMenuHandlers" submenu. Look for the "Adobe Acrobat" folders and go through the registry entries to delete any of the right-click menus that you want to eliminate. When completed, exit out of the registry editor. Test out the right-click menu in several applications to make sure it works properly.

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