If the ‘Edit with Photos’ context menu is bothering you, you can remove it. Follow these steps to remove Edit with Photos option in Windows 10.
On Windows 10, the Photos app is the default viewer. As such, when you right-click on any image or picture, you will see additional options in the right-click context menu. One such option is the ‘Edit with Photos’ option.
As you can tell from the option name itself, the Edit with Photos option allows you to edit an image from the right-click menu. With the Edit with Photos option, you can crop and rotate, add filters, and make adjustments for light, clarity, color, vignette, red-eye correction, etc. Put simply, the Edit with Photos option is useful to make basic enhancements or adjustments to an image.
However, if you are not using the Photos app or if you don’t like to have the Edit with Photos option in the right-click menu, you can remove it. After all, it is better to remove unnecessary options from the right-click menu. That way, the right-click menu will be clean and organized. The good thing is, it is very easy to remove Edit with Photos option. All you have to do is either change the default image viewer or make a small registry change.
In this quick and simple guide, let me show you the steps to remove the Edit with Photos option from the right-click menu in Windows 10.
Steps to remove Edit with Photos option
To remove the Edit with Photos option, you can either change the default image viewer or make a simple registry change. I will show both methods. Follow the one you like. For example, if you don’t mind using a different image viewer like Windows Photo Viewer or IrfanView, follow the first method. If you want to use the Photos app but don’t want the Edit with Photos option in the context menu, follow the second method (registry method).
1. Change default image viewer to remove right-click option
When you change the default image viewer, the Edit with Photos option will no longer appear in the context menu. So, if you don’t might using another image viewer, follow these steps to remove Edit with Photos option in the context menu.
1. Right-click on any image in the File Explorer.
2. Select the “Open with → Choose another app” option. This option lets you choose another program to open images with.
3. Select an app from the list. If can’t find the app, click the “More apps → Look for another app on this PC” option at the bottom and select the app you want to use.
4. Select the “Always use this app to open the files” checkbox.
5. Click on the “Ok” button to save changes.
That is all. With that, you will no longer see the Edit with Photos option in the right-click menu.
Keep in mind that these changes are only applicable to this particular extension. You will still see the option if you right-click on any other image format. For example, I changed the default image viewer for the ‘.jpg’ file type. So, the option is removed for that extension only. If I right-click on a ‘.png’ file type, you will still see the option. To remove the option universally, I recommend you follow the second method.
2. Registry key to remove Edit with Photos option
- Open the Windows Registry Editor from the Start menu.
- Paste the below path in the address bar and press Enter.
- Right-click on the “ShellEdit” folder on the sidebar.
- Select the “New → String value” option.
- Type “ProgrammaticAccessOnly” as the string value name.
- Next, close the registry editor.
- Finally, restart Windows 10.
After restarting the system, you will no longer see the Edit with Photos option when you right-click on an image in Windows 10.
I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.
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