How to Remove “Open in Windows Terminal” Context Menu in Windows 11

In Windows 11, the Windows Terminal context menu item appears in the right-click menu for folders and the desktop.

open command window here in windows 11 - windows terminal default

Suppose you’re already using the “Open PowerShell window here” or “Open Command window here” option and don’t plan to launch Terminal via the right-click menu. In that case, you can remove the “Open in Windows Terminal” context menu entry to declutter the menu.

Remove “Open in Windows Terminal” Context Menu in Windows 11

  1. Launch the Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Go to the following location:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions
  3. Create a subkey named “Blocked
  4. Under the “Blocked” subkey, create a REG_SZ value named {9F156763-7844-4DC4-B2B1-901F640F5155}
  5. Exit the Registry Editor.
  6. Log off and log back in, or restart the Explorer shell via Task Manager for the change to take effect.

This removes the “Open in Windows Terminal” option from the desktop and folder right-click menu in Windows 11.

Note: You can still launch Windows Terminal and Windows Terminal (Admin) from the Win + X menu or using other ways.

Registry File



Here is the registry file in case you want to automate the above setting:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked]
"{9F156763-7844-4DC4-B2B1-901F640F5155}"=""

INFO: The GUID {9F156763-7844-4DC4-B2B1-901F640F5155} above points to the following DLL located under the Windows Terminal application folder:

C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_n.nn.nnnnn.n_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\WindowsTerminalShellExt.dll

WindowsTerminalShellExt.dll is responsible for the display and functionality of the Windows Terminal context menu.


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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

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