Remove “Edit with Paint 3D” & “Edit with Photos” from Right-click Menu in Windows 10

Paint 3D is a 3D model creation tool included in Windows 10 as a part of Creators Update. For image files, the entry Edit with Paint 3D appears in the right-click menu. Similarly, Photos app adds the Edit with Photos entry to the context menu, and is displayed only when Photos app is set as the default. If you don’t plan to use these options and want to declutter the right-click context menu, here is how to remove Edit with Paint 3D and Edit with Photos from the right-click menu.

edit with photos & edit with paint 3d

Remove Edit with Paint 3D from the right-click menu

  • Start the Registry Editor regedit.exe
  • Go to the following branches one by one. Right-click on a branch/key and choose Delete. Repeat the same for all the keys listed below.

    If you want to restore those keys at a later point of time, be sure to Export each branch to a REG file, before deleting
    .

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.3mf\Shell\3D Edit
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.bmp\Shell\3D Edit
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.fbx\Shell\3D Edit
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.gif\Shell\3D Edit
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.jfif\Shell\3D Edit
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.jpe\Shell\3D Edit
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.jpeg\Shell\3D Edit
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.jpg\Shell\3D Edit
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.png\Shell\3D Edit
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.tif\Shell\3D Edit
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.tiff\Shell\3D Edit

That’s it. The Edit with Paint 3D option is now gone.

Remove Edit with Photos from the right-click menu

Edit with Photos context menu option appears only when the Photos app is the default viewer. So, setting a different program like the classic Windows Photo Viewer as the default viewer will remove “Edit with Photos” entry from the right-click menu. See how to restore missing Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10 and set it as the default.

On the other hand, if you want to retain Photos app as the default image viewer and still want to remove “Edit with Photos” from the context menu, use this registry edit:

  • In the Registry Editor window, go to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\AppX43hnxtbyyps62jhe9sqpdzxn1790zetc\Shell\ShellEdit
  • In the right-pane, create a String value (REG_SZ) named ProgrammaticAccessOnly
    remove "edit with photos"
    (We’ve earlier used ProgrammaticAccessOnly registry value to remove “Open PowerShell window here” context menu entry in Windows 10.)
  • Exit the Registry Editor.

Edit with Photos entry is now gone.

tips bulb iconAdditional tip: Rather than removing the entry, you can to show Edit with Photos as an extended verb, which means you’ll need to press the Shift key down when right-clicking on an image file in order to see the context menu entry. To do that, rename the registry value ProgrammaticAccessOnly to Extended

Remove “Edit with Paint 3D” and “Edit with Photos” Using REG file

To automate the above using REG files, download w10_edit_with_3d_photos.zip, unzip and run the enclosed REG file. If you wish to add the entries back, run the undo.reg file.

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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in the ITeS industry — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft MVP [2003 to 2012] who contributes to various Windows support forums.

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