Remove “Share with Skype” from Right-click Menu in Windows 10

Windows 10 2004 adds the Share with Skype context menu option for all files. If you’re a person who likes to clean up the clutter and removes unused context menu items, this article is for you.

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Note that third-party tools like ShellExView (v2.01) don’t seem to list this context menu item, as it’s added by a modern or UWP Microsoft Store app. Let’s see how to remove the Share with Skype right-click menu option manually in Windows 10.

Remove “Share with Skype” from the Right-click Menu

To remove the Share with Skype context menu option, follow these steps:

Method 1

  1. Start the Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Go to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions
  3. Under Shell Extensions, create a subkey named Blocked if it doesn’t already exist.
  4. With the Blocked subkey selected, in the right pane, add a new String (REG_SZ) value named {776DBC8D-7347-478C-8D71-791E12EF49D8}
    remove share with skype context menu
  5. Optionally, double-click {776DBC8D-7347-478C-8D71-791E12EF49D8} and set its data to Skype or some text you prefer.
  6. Exit the Registry Editor.
  7. Logoff and login back, or restart the Explorer shell for the change to take effect.

This removes the Share with Skype context menu option by blocking the GUID {776DBC8D-7347-478C-8D71-791E12EF49D8} & the corresponding DLL file SkypeContext.dll from loading.

tips bulb iconBlocking the GUID shouldn’t affect the functionality of the Skype app in any other way; you can use Skype as usual.

This is the most preferred method because the setting will be in effect even if the Skype app is updated to a newer version.



Method 2

  1. Start the Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Go to the following key:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\PackagedCom\ClassIndex\{776DBC8D-7347-478C-8D71-791E12EF49D8}
  3. Rename {776DBC8D-7347-478C-8D71-791E12EF49D8} to {776DBC8D-7347-478C-8D71-791E12EF49D8}--
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  4. Exit the Registry Editor.

This removes the Share with Skype context menu option in Windows 10.

Method 3

  1. Start the Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Go to the following key:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\PackagedCom\Package
  3. There you’ll find more than one key referencing SkypeApp. You’ll need to expand the branch that represents the most recent version of Skype. In this example, I expand Microsoft.SkypeApp_15.63.76.0_x86__kzf8qxf38zg5c
    remove share with skype context menu
  4. Expand the Class subkey, and select {776DBC8D-7347-478C-8D71-791E12EF49D8}
  5. In the right-pane, rename the value named DllPath (to DllPath-- or something else. This prevents the Skype\SkypeContext.dll DLL from being loaded.)
  6. Exit the Registry Editor.

Important: When the Skype app updates, the registry keys, and value referenced in Method 2 & 3 would be restored automatically by the Skype app package/installer. So you may have to redo the above steps to get remove the context menu command after every Skype app update.

Method 4:

In case of the classic desktop version of Skype, the Share with Skype option can be removed by deleting the following registry key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\ShareWithSkype

Alternatively, you should be able to disable the Share with Skype (desktop version) using ShellExView, though.


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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.

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