Edit 7-Zip Right Click Shell Context Menu

March 10, 2010 | Filed under Software


7-Zip is probably the best file archiver that is free which supports a high compression ratio using its own 7z format with LZMA compression. Other than that 7-Zip also supports unpacking a lot of archive formats, as many as 23 of them (7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, RAR, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR, Z). As for packing, it can pack into 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR. The more surprising part is for ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip!

To easily extract or compress a file or folder, 7-Zip comes with a very useful right click context menu where when you right click on a archive file that it supports, a 7-Zip menu will appear allowing you to easily extract, test, add, compress and email the archive file. By default the 7-Zip right click menu itself has 11 options and probably there are a few that we would never use. Removing the unused option from the list cleans up the menu and makes it tidy.

edit 7zip context menu

To configure the 7-Zip right click context menu, run 7-Zip File Manager, click on Tools from the menubar and select Options. Then click at 7-Zip tab when you are at the Options window. You can simply uncheck what you don’t need from there and it will stop showing when you right click on a supported archive file. To remove 7-Zip entirely from the right click, just uncheck Integrate 7-Zip to shell context menu.

edit 7zip menu


2 Responses to “Edit 7-Zip Right Click Shell Context Menu”
  1. ThumpieBunnyEve says:

    Where in the registry are these menu items stored? I want to add 2 options to that menu manually, that work with 7zef.exe. 7zef.exe a wrapper file for 7z, that simply batch-processes a highlighted selection of zip files, each into a separate zip file, rather then 7z’s only option to create a single large zip file with lots of little files inside it. :p

  2. licqher says:

    A bit late, but…

    I’ve been curious about such a thing too, but it seems not so simple. See http://www.autohotkey.com/forum/topic12371.html

    7-Zip (I think) and many programs’ context menus are in their shell extension libraries rather than the registry. ShellExView proggy lets you view/toggle those, FWIW.


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