How to remove "Open in Photolab 4" link from Windows context menu?

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Frodro100
Frodro100 Regular Member • Posts: 386
How to remove "Open in Photolab 4" link from Windows context menu?

Just installed DxO Photolab 4 and I'm pretty psyched to be parting ways from Adobe. Annoyingly, DxO has modified my Windows right click context menu in normal folders. Now, whenever I right-click an image, in any Windows folder (not in the application), the top option is no longer "Open," but "Open in Photolab 4."

Before I dig into Google for general way to edit the Windows context menu, I wanted to check with the application's preferences for a simple solution, but unfortunately, I couldn't find anything indicating how to undo this. The PDF instructions also don't seem to mention the topic.

Is anyone aware of where to find the setting in PL4 to remove the DxO link from my general context menu? I know there are ways to mess with Windows itself, but it's been a while since I did that and not sure I want to delve into it right now.

Ernie Misner
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Frodro100 wrote:

Just installed DxO Photolab 4 and I'm pretty psyched to be parting ways from Adobe. Annoyingly, DxO has modified my Windows right click context menu in normal folders. Now, whenever I right-click an image, in any Windows folder (not in the application), the top option is no longer "Open," but "Open in Photolab 4."

Before I dig into Google for general way to edit the Windows context menu, I wanted to check with the application's preferences for a simple solution, but unfortunately, I couldn't find anything indicating how to undo this. The PDF instructions also don't seem to mention the topic.

Is anyone aware of where to find the setting in PL4 to remove the DxO link from my general context menu? I know there are ways to mess with Windows itself, but it's been a while since I did that and not sure I want to delve into it right now.

Go to Windows Settings and type "opens with" in to the search.  The page should come up where you can change which software opens with a particular file type.  Make sure that DXO PL4 is *not* the chosen software for your file types.

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Frodro100
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Ernie Misner
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No, it is this list that you want in Win 10 for associating which software will open with which file type.  The list goes on to every file type.  Click on the file type then tell it which software you want to open with that file type.

Find this list in your Win 10 settings under Choose Default Apps By File Type.

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Frodro100
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Thanks for trying to help. Changing the file association type does not remove the item from the context menu, as you can see from the screenshot I posted. When I contacted DxO Support, they responded with:

It's something that cannot been removed from PhotoLab 4 preferences. You should contact the Microsoft support about it.

which is really annoying because all other programs that have messed with the context menu that I've installed so far have had a way in the preferences to change this back to default. I have also, at this point, tried several third party programs to edit the context menu, but none of them register the Photolabs entry. It's also not clear which entry in the Windows registry is due to Photolabs.

Ho72
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It's a registry hack or you can use 3rd party apps.

EDIT: I should have read the OP's last post more closely. I'll look at this again tomorrow.

Ho72
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Got it (I think). Download ShellMenuView, find the DxO entries and disable them. Note there are multiple entries for multiple file types, so disable the ones that pertain to your situation, i.e., no need to disable nef if you don't shoot Nikon.

S Castle
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Ho72 wrote:

Got it (I think). Download ShellMenuView, find the DxO entries and disable them. Note there are multiple entries for multiple file types, so disable the ones that pertain to your situation, i.e., no need to disable nef if you don't shoot Nikon.

Nirsoft makes a bunch of tools that are very handy to have around, and they don't overlap with SysInternals, it seems. I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft gobbles them up before long.

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