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Remove Print Context Menu in Windows 10

How to Remove Print Context Menu in Windows 10

By default, Windows include the 'Print' context menu command that allows sending files directly to the default printer right from File Explorer. Even if you don't have a printer connected to your device, the Print command remains visible. If you would like to get rid of it, here is how it can be done.

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In Windows 10, you can manage the printer queue using Devices and Printers in the classic Control Panel app or in Settings->Devices->Printers and Scanners.

Note: Windows 10 Doesn’t Include Printer Drivers Any More

Most of the apps that are intended to work with documents and images come with a Print command that allows printing the open documents. In addition to this feature, Windows offers the 'Print' context menu command. It usually invokes the associated app in minimal (often invisible) mode to directly print the selected file. By default, you can send up to 15 files to the default printer from File Explorer.

Personally, I never use the context menu. I print my documents, images, and text files from the appropriate apps after I verify that the contents of the file are exactly that I'm about to print. So I don't need the Print command in the context menu.

On the other hand, when you have no printer connected, Windows still displays the print command. Some users find this default behavior inconvenient, as they do not want to see a context menu entry what literally does nothing for them.

If you are interested in removing the Print context menu command, here's how it can be done.

The Print command is visible in the context menu by default:

Windows 10 Print Context Menu Command

The Print command is removed:

Windows 10 Remove Print Context Menu Command

Before proceeding, ensure that your user account has administrative privileges. Now, follow the instructions below.

To Remove the Print Context Menu in Windows 10,

  1. Download the following ZIP archive: Download ZIP archive.
  2. Extract its contents to any folder. You can place the files directly to the Desktop.
  3. Unblock the files.
  4. Double click on the Remove Print From Context Menu.reg file to merge it.
  5. To restore the entry in the context menu later, use the provided file Add Print To Context Menu.reg.

You are done!

How it works

The registry files above add a special ProgrammaticAccessOnly string value under the following keys:

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\image\shell\print]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\batfile\shell\print]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\cmdfile\shell\print]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\docxfile\shell\print]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\fonfile\shell\print]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\htmlfile\shell\print]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\inffile\shell\print]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\inifile\shell\print]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\JSEFile\Shell\Print]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\otffile\shell\print]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\pfmfile\shell\print]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\regfile\shell\print]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\rtffile\shell\print]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ttcfile\shell\print]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ttffile\shell\print]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\txtfile\shell\print]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\VBEFile\Shell\Print]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\VBSFile\Shell\Print]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\WSFFile\Shell\Print]

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

ProgrammaticAccessOnly is a special value that hides a context menu command.

Windows 10 Remove Print From The Context Menu

Installed apps can access it if required. By adding this value to the Registry, you hide the context menu entry in Windows 10.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

4 thoughts on “Remove Print Context Menu in Windows 10”

    1. It works here even in Insider Preview. Ensure that your ‘print’ command is indeed the system command, and not added by some third party app.

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