By default, when you right click on This PC and then click on the option Show more options in your Windows 11, you will be able to see the Manage option in the context menu, clicking on which will take you to the Computer Management console, which has many useful and major Windows administrative tools like Device Manager, Disk Manager, Event Viewer etc. Since these are major administrative tools, if you share your system with someone else too, you might want to keep the Manage option hidden from your This PC right click context menu for security reasons.
This being a special right click context menu, you might wonder whether it is possible to customize the option of having the Manage option or not having it. Well, when we are here to help, what’s not customizable? In this article, we explain through two different methods how you can easily add or remove the Manage option from your This PC right click context menu. Hope you enjoy!
Note: Please note that the Computer Management console can be opened using other methods even if you disable the Manage option from your This PC right click context menu. This article only explains how you can disable or enable the Manage option from the context menu.
Method 1: Using Local Group Policy Editor
Step 1: Press the keys CTRL + R to bring up the Run dialog box.
Type in gpedit.msc and hit the Enter key to launch the Local Group Policy Editor.
Step 2: In the Local Group Policy Editor window, navigate to the following location. You can expand each folder by double clicking on it once.
User Configuration --> Administrative Templates --> Windows Components --> File Explorer
Once you are at the File Explorer folder, on the right side of the window, find and double click on the setting named Hides the Manage item on the File Explorer context menu to open its configuration window.
Step 3: To hide the Manage item from This PC right click context menu, in the Hides the Manage item on the File Explorer context menu window, click on the radio button against the Enabled option.
Hit the Apply button and then the OK button.
Step 4: Changes should be instant. To verify whether your change has been successfully applied or not, right click on Windows Start menu icon and click on the File Explorer option.
Step 5: As next, right click on This PC and then click on Show more options from the context menu that expands out.
Step 6: Now in the Show more options menu, you can see that the Manage option is no longer present. Enjoy!
Note: If you would like to revert the changes and have the Manage option back in your File Explorer context menu, at Step 3, instead of choosing the Enabled option, you need to choose either Not Configured or the Disabled radio button. Once done, hit the Apply button followed by the OK button.
Method 2: Using Registry Editor
The next method is the Registry editing method which involves slightly tweaking your registry settings. In case you make any mistake while making this change, your system might have some stability issues. Hence it is recommended that you take a backup of your registry settings before you go ahead with this method, just to be on the safer side.
Step 1: On the taskbar, click on the Search icon.
Step 2: Search for regedit and click on the Registry Editor app from the Best match results.
Step 3: As next, copy and paste the following location in your Registry Editor window. Once done, hit the Enter key.
Once you are at the Explorer folder, right click on it, click on New and then on the option DWORD (32-bit) Value to create a new DWORD.
Step 4: Click on the newly created DWORD value and press the F2 key to rename it. Give the new name as NoManageMyComputerVerb.
Double click on NoManageMyComputerVerb and set the value in the Value data field as 1. Hit the OK button once you are done.
Step 5: To see the changes in effect, you have to either restart your machine or restart the Windows File Explorer.
To restart Windows Explorer, right click on the Windows Start menu icon and click on Task Manager.
Step 6: On the Task Manager window, click on the Processes tab at the top. Now under the Apps section, right click on Windows Explorer and click on the Restart option.
Step 7: Once Windows Explorer is restarted, right click on the Windows Start menu icon and click on the File Explorer option.
Step 8: On the left side of the window, right click on This PC and then click on Show more options.
Step 9: Here, you can see that the Manage option has disappeared. That’s how simple it is!
Note: If you would like to have the Manage option back in your File Explorer context menu, at Step 4, instead of setting the value as 1 in the NoManageMyComputerVerb DWORD value data, you need to set the value as 0 (Zero). Or you can simple right click on NoManageMyComputerVerb DWORD and hit the Delete option to delete it altogether. Again, for the changes to take effect, you will need to restart your machine or restart Windows Explorer.
Please tell us in the comments section which method you followed and whether it worked for you.