Every time you execute a particular application, the operating system automatically uses a default app to launch It. The same applies to all files. If you're not happy with a particular default app, you can right-click the file, select 'Open with' and choose the program that will execute your application. If you don't want users who're sharing your PC to perform this action, In this tutorial, I will show you how to remove 'Open with' from the right-click context menu.
Before I begin, here's what I'm referring to In terms of the 'Open with' feature. I've right-clicked my text file named Windows 10 Tips, and Open with Is readily available on the right-click menu as shown below. From here, I can select from the list of programs, or Choose another app.
Whilst this serves Its purpose well for Intentional reasons, anyone who has physical access to your PC can simply do this on any file they like, thus change the way your files open and mess up your current configuration. As such, I will demonstrate how to securely remove the 'Open with' feature from the right-click menu.
To achieve this, I will use a neat little Registry file that will automatically add the entries to the Windows Registry, and remove 'Open with' thereafter. I have provided the download links to the Registry file, at the end of this article. The process Is extremely simple, so without further ado, let's get this tutorial started.
Step One:Once you've downloaded the file, extract Its contents to a folder of your choice and double-click the Remove Open With.reg file. It will prompt whether to add the entries to the Windows Registry, so hit Yes.
Step Two:A message will be returned, confirming that the entries have been successfully added to the Windows Registry, so click OK to finalize the process.
Step Three:Here's a visual before the above tweak was applied. I've right-clicked my file named Windows 10 Tips, and the Open with feature Is available, along with Its respective options.
Step Four:As here's the result after the tweak was applied. As you can see, 'Open with' has been successfully removed. Perfect!
Last Step:In the event you've changed your mind and want to restore 'Open with', simply double-click the Add Open With.reg file and hit Yes.
Final Thoughts:It doesn't get much easier than this, does It? As opposed to manually editing the Windows Registry, the good thing about this tweak Is that It automatically adds the entries, thus leaves very little to no room for corruption. Moreover, the change can be reversed just as easy as It Is to apply.
Use any of the links below to download the aforementioned Registry files.
Direct Link Solidfiles:
Direct Link Mega:
Direct Link Mediafire:
Direct Link AnonFiles:
Direct Link Sabercathost: