Remove Rotate Left and Rotate Right From Context Menu in Windows 10

If you need to rotate an image, Windows 10 allows you to do it without using third party tools. The built-in functionality will allow you to do it quickly right from the File Explorer app. However, If you prefer a third-party solution, you may want to get rid of the appropriate context menu entries.

The default file manager app of Windows 10 has the rotate image functionality built-in. You do not need to open the image in any image viewer. Just select it in File Explorer, and use the appropriate Ribbon command as shown below:

Select Image In File Explorer

Once you select an image, you will see a new section "Picture Tools" with the "Manage" tab active in the Ribbon. Click Rotate left or Rotate right to rotate the selected image.

Rotate Image Context Menu Commands

Also, File Explorer comes with two extra commands in the context menu. Right-click on any image to see them.

Windows 10 Rotate Image Context Menu

Finally, if you are not happy to see these context menu entries, it is easy to remove them with a Registry tweak. You might be using a good third-party image viewer, or the Ribbon commands are enough for you. Here is how it can be done.

To remove the Rotate image commands from the context menu in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open the Registry Editor app.
  2. Go to the following Registry key.
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.bmp\ShellEx\ContextMenuHandlers

    See how to go to a Registry key with one click.

  3. Remove the ShellImagePreview subkey. Right-click it in the left pane and select Delete from the context menu.Windows 10 Remove Rotate Image Context Menu
  4. The commands Rotate left and Rotate right are now removed for *.bmp files.

Now, repeat the same under the following

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.bmp
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.dib
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.gif
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.heic
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.heif
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.ico
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.jfif
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.jpe
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.jpeg
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.jpg
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.png
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.rle
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.tif
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.tiff
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.webp

The commands are now removed for all popular image formats.

Before:

Windows 10 Default Rotate Image Context Menu

After:

Windows 10 Removed Rotate Image Context Menu

To save your time, you can download the following Registry files.

Download Registry Files

The undo tweak is included.

That's it!

2 thoughts on “Remove Rotate Left and Rotate Right From Context Menu in Windows 10

  1. SantosVZ

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    Remove Rotate Left and Rotate Right From Context Menu in Windows 10
    Edición Windows 10 Home
    Versión 1803
    Versión del sistema operativo 17134.407
    .ico NO
    .tiff NO
    .webp NO
    .heic NO
    .heif NO
    Thanks for the article

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  2. Mona Farrell

    I’m miserable and I have no life please help

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