How to Remove „Edit with Paint 3D“ Option from the Context Menu?


Issue: How to Remove „Edit with Paint 3D“ Option from the Context Menu?

I‘m not going to use Paint 3D. I want to remove the „Edit with Paint 3D“ because it confuses it with other options and accidentally open files with 3D Paint. Is it possible to disable it?

Solved Answer

Paint is one of the default Windows applications. Throughout the long year of its existence, people got used to it and grasped each function that the classic Paint offers. However, the Creators Update released this spring brought some significant changes, which touched the classic Paint as well. Microsoft has introduced the 3D Paint. The new app comes into Windows 10 system by default with the Creators Update and above versions and excludes the classic Paint from the apps list. Consequently, when the PC owner looks for Paint via search, he/she finds 3D Paint instead. Besides instead of Open with Paint option, right-click on the selected picture (JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIF, and TIFF image file types) displays „Edit with Paint 3D for image file formats.“

The new 3D Paint allows people to manipulate shapes and colors in a new (3D) dimension, customize, edit, and share the created pictures within Paint community, attach customized stickers, and much more. However, many Windows 10 users opt for using the classic Paint due to its simplicity. If you want to enable the classic Paint on your Windows 10, follow the instructions provided on this post. If you are using a classic Paint app or a third-party paint tool to edit pictures, you can disable the „Edit with Paint 3D“ option from the context menu.

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Removing the „Edit with Paint 3D“ option from context menu

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IMPORTANT: Before performing the steps given below, we would strongly recommend you to create a System Restore Point or backup Windows Registry. This way, you will prevent the system from damage if you would delete or modify the wrong key.

  • Press Windows key + R, type regedit, and press Enter.
  • Press Yes on the UAC to open the Registry Editor.
  • Use the left pane to navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ SystemFileAssociations\.bmp\Shell key.
  • Under the Shell key, find the 3D Edit key. Right-click it and select Delete. This way, you will remove the “Edit with Paint 3D” option from the BMP image files.
  • To disable the Edit with Paint 3D option from all image file types, you will have to perform the steps listed above with all below-given registry keys:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ SystemFileAssociations\.jpeg\Shell
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ SystemFileAssociations\.jpe\Shell
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ SystemFileAssociations\.jpg\Shell
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ SystemFileAssociations\.jpg\Shell
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ SystemFileAssociations\.png\Shell
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ SystemFileAssociations\.gif\Shell
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ SystemFileAssociations\.tif\Shell
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ SystemFileAssociations\.tiff\Shell
  • Finally, close Registry Editor and reboot your PC.

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