Remove Edit With Photos Context Menu in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a new Universal app, Photos. It adds a new context menu item for images. It is called "Edit With Photos" and launches the UWP app. If you are not going to use Photos for that purpose, you might find it useful to get rid of the context menu command. Here is how.

Microsoft has included a new, Universal Windows Platform app "Photos" instead of the good old Windows Photo Viewer. The Photos app is set as the default image viewer app. Photos can be used to browse, share and edit your photos and your image collection. If you are not happy with Photos, see how to restore the classic Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10.

To remove the Edit With Photos context menu in Windows 10, do the following.

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  1. Open Registry Editor (see how).
  2. Navigate to the following Registry key:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AppX43hnxtbyyps62jhe9sqpdzxn1790zetc\Shell\ShellEdit

    Tip: You can access the desired Registry key with one click.Go To ShellEdit

  3. On the right, create a new string value named "ProgrammaticAccessOnly".ShellEdit Create New String Remove Edit With Photos Context Menu
  4. This will remove the command from the context menu.Before:Edit With Photos
    After:Windows 10 Remove Edit With Photos

Alternatively, you can hide it and show only in the Extended context menu. Extended context menu commands are not visible in the normal mode unless you press and hold the Shift key on the keyboard while right clicking. Here is how to move Edit With Photos to the extended menu.

To move Edit With Photos in the extended context menu, do the following.

  1. Open Registry Editor (see how).
  2. Navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AppX43hnxtbyyps62jhe9sqpdzxn1790zetc\Shell\ShellEdit

    Tip: You can access the desired Registry key with one click.

  3. On the right, create a string value named "Extended".

This will hide the command from the context menu. To see it, press and hold the Shift key on the keyboard and then right-click any folder in File Explorer. The command will appear.

The regular context menu:Windows 10 Remove Edit With Photos

The extended context menu:

Windows 10 Edit With Photos In Extended Menu
To save your time, you can use Winaero Tweaker. Under Context Menu\Remove default entries, untick the item "Remove Edit With Photos" and you are done!Winaero Tweaker Remove Context Menu 0704

You can download the app from here:

Download Winaero Tweaker

I also made ready-to-use Registry files which you can download below. The ZIP archive includes both tweaks mentioned above along with the undo tweak.

Download Registry Files

Now, see how to Remove Edit With Paint 3D From Context Menu in Windows 10.

That's it.

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11 thoughts on “Remove Edit With Photos Context Menu in Windows 10

  1. MDJ

    Hmmm, I haven’t seen this context menu entry. I’m using Windows 10 with Creators Update.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I am using the Insider Preview build of Fall Creators Update, it shows me the item.

      Reply
      1. MDJ

        Microsoft these days make such bloated context menus. Having all three ‘Edit’, ‘Edit with Photos’ and ‘Edit with Paint 3D’ is too much. In a perfect OS everything would be customizable and 3rd party apps would not be restricted to customize UI too.

        Reply
  2. Jose

    Thanks Sergey! Happy to get rid of this entry now.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome Jose.

      Reply
  3. Phil

    Restore “Edit with Photos” with registry file is not working

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I have tested it several times and it was working.
      Which build you are running?

      Reply
      1. Phil

        version 1703 (build 15063)

        Reply
        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          It is for Fall Creators Update, 16226+

          Reply
  4. Ramin

    I was looking for a program to remove unwanted items from the Windows’ right click context menu. Winaero is works to remove a few default ones but it doesn’t detect entries from third party software. For example, I have Dxo OpticsPro installed on my system and now it has put itself on the top of the context menu for many image file types and I am looking for a way to remove it. Unfortunately, it’s not noted in Winaero. IS there a solution for to remove these entries?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Yep. It is called Nirsoft ShellExView. Here you go: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shexview.html
      Also, see http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shell_menu_view.html
      These will solve your issue.

      Reply

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