How to hide “Open in Windows Terminal” from Windows 11 context menu

You can hide the “Open in Windows Terminal” item from the Windows 11 context menu to make it more compact. The built-in Windows Terminal application is a shell that provides access to the classic command line interface, PowerShell, WSL, and some other console programs.

You can launch it from the Windows Start menu or the Run window (⊞ Win + R ). The Terminal opens to the %userprofile% location by default. To save the user from having to navigate to the desired folder in the console with the cd command, the Terminal item exists in the File Explorer context menu.

Windows 11 Open In Windows Terminal Context Menu
Open In Windows Terminal Context Menu in Windows 11

This is very convenient for whose who frequently use Windows Terminal. But if you use it only occasionally or do not use the Terminal at all, you may want to hide the option to open it from the context menu to make the latter more compact.

For that, you can remove the Open in Windows Terminal item from the menu using a simple registry tweak.

Hide “Open in Windows Terminal” from Windows 11 context menu

  1. Open the registry editor with the regedit command. Type it in the Run dialog (⊞ Win + R ).
  2. Go to theHKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked key. If the Blocked folder is missing, create it yourself.Blocked Extensions Registry Key
  3. Now in the Blocked subsection, create a string parameter named{9F156763-7844-4DC4-B2B1-901F640F5155}.Hide Open In Windows Terminal From Windows 11 Context Menu
  4. Leave the parameter value default, that is, empty.

After that, close the registry editor and open the File Explorer context menu. The “Open in Windows Terminal” item will be hidden.

The Open In Windows Terminal Context Menu Is Hidden
The Open In Windows Terminal Context Menu Is Hidden

However, it will remain visible in the extended context menu that opens with the Show more options item. So you need to restart Explorer or sign out/sign in to Windows 11 to hide it from the extended menu as well.

Undo the change

To show the hidden “Open in Windows Terminal” item, delete the created {9F156763-7844-4DC4-B2B1-901F640F5155} value.

For that, open the Registry editor to the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked branch you are already familiar with.

show the hidden "Open in Windows Terminal" item

Now, right-click the {9F156763-7844-4DC4-B2B1-901F640F5155} value, and select Delete. To apply, restart the Explorer shell. This will finally unhide the hidden item in the context menu.

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Author: The MFTNEXT Team

The MSFTNEXT project is a small team of authors who love to engage with the latest technology and gadgets. Being passionate Windows bloggers, we are happy to help others fix their system issues.

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