Windows 11: Remove Cast to Device from File Explorer

This tutorial will show you how to remove Cast to device from the File Explorer right-click menu on Windows 11. Along with many improvements, Windows 11 includes a feature of transferring images and videos to remote devices using DLNA technology. For users’ convenience, the Cast to device option is available the context menu of multimedia files. If you are not going to use this feature implemented by Microsoft, we will show you how to hide the specified option from the context menu.

Windows 11 Cast To Device Menu

You may want to keep your context menu clean from extra commands. Especially if it already has many other additional items added to it by various third-party programs.

There are special programs for editing the context menu. But actually you don’t need to install a third-party application on your PC. You can get everything done using the tools available in the operating system itself.

All you need to hide the “Cast to Device” item is a tiny registry tweak, the result of which you can always undo.

Remove Cast to Device in Windows 11 File Explorer

  1. Open the regedit tool (Registry Editor). Just press ⊞ Win + R and type regedit into the run dialog.
  2. Browse the left panel to the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions key.
  3. Here, create a new key named Blocked. See the screenshot.Windows 11 Remove Cast To Device
  4. Finally, in the Blocked folder create a string parameter named {7AD84985-87B4-4a16-BE58-8B72A5B390F7}. Leave the parameter value blank.Remove Cast To Device In Windows 11 File Explorer
  5. Now, for the settings to take effect, restart Explorer or sign out from your account.

The entry “Cast to device” is now hidden from the context menu.  If you need it in the future, delete or rename the created parameter and also restart the Windows shell.

No Cast To Device Menu Item

Tip: to quickly restart the Windows shell, open a new Explorer window, select it in Task Manager (Ctrl + ⇧ Shift + Esc), and click the Restart button.

Windows 11 Restart Explorer Windows 11 will reload the desktop and the taskbar, and apply the changes you made.

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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