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How to remove 'Give access to' in the context menu on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The Fall Creators Update allows you to quickly share files and folders with other users on a network using the "Give access to" option in the right-click context menu.

Using the feature, you can easily access a number of options to set network permissions, stop sharing elements, and even create or join a homegroup. However, if you never use this feature and you feel the menu is getting too cluttered, you can use the Registry to remove it.

In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the steps to remove the new "Give access to" option from the right-click context menu.

How to remove 'Give access to' context menu option

If you want to remove the new sharing option from the context menu on Windows 10, use the following steps:

(Warning: This is a friendly reminder that editing the registry is risky, and it can cause irreversible damage to your installation if you don't do it correctly. We recommend making a full backup of your PC before proceeding.)

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
  2. Type regedit, and click OK to open the Registry.
  3. Browse the following path:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions
  4. Right-click the Shell Extensions (folder) key, select New, and click on Key.

  1. Name the new key Blocked and press Enter. (If the key already exists, you don't need to recreate it.)
  2. Select the Blocked (folder) key, and right-click on the right side, select New, and click on String Value.

  1. Name the new String {f81e9010-6ea4-11ce-a7ff-00aa003ca9f6} and press Enter.
  2. Restart your computer.

You don't need to change the value of the String once you've completed the steps. You only need to reboot your computer, and then when right-clicking a folder or a file, you'll no longer see the "Give access to" option.

Context menu with "Give access to" option (left), context menu without "Give access to" option (right).

At any time, you can revert the changes by following the same instructions mentioned above, but on step No. 6, right-click the String you previously created and select Delete to remove it. You can also delete the Blocked (folder) key if it didn't exist before and you created it.

Although the "Give access to" to option is new to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the sharing capability is not. This option has been available in previous versions, and it was known as Share with, but to avoid confusion with the new Share option to share files using the new experience, Microsoft simply renamed the option.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

8 Comments
  • Does anybody know how I could hide these two things at the bottom of EVERY settings page? "Have a question" and "Make Windows better". It's so annoying in UI based on typography, some beurecrat invented these two extra things :/ Same for W10 Mobile :/ If image is not visable: https://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/img_58a361b908ae4.png
  • Remember when it was on the right side? 😅
  • Step 8, You can restart Windows Explorer from task manager instead of rebooting your computer.
  • Of course it removes the option of sharing not only from this menu but from the whole system.
  • Providing instructions for how to hack Windows to remove a built-in feature using undocumented and unsupported registry key edits is a very poor idea. There are "tweaker" sites out there for people determined enough to find them, but a lot more people will be tempted to make changes like this from reading about it on Windows Central, without knowing how the chagnes might negatively impact other features of the sysem or what problems might be caused for the next major update. Many of the complaints I see on r/windows10 seem to be from those who have followed some random "Internet guide" to disabling features on Windows. Windows is a complex system of interdependent components tested in very specific configurations.  I'm not convinced it should be Windows Central's role to encourage people to potentially break these dependencies (even if, as in this case, the change appears like it should be completely innocuous).
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  • Why on earth would I want to hack into the registry and potentially screw something up, when I don't need to, just because I don't use something. Really ill advised article. 
  • Or provide registry via download like here