ShellExView

ShellExView

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 6 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.90
File Size:
137.66KB
Date Added:
June 16, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
48,740
Downloads Last Week:
197
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Shell extensions are COM objects that add capabilities to Windows. When you right-click a Windows file, you'll often see menu entries for specific programs like WinZip or backup utilities; those menus were created by adding shell extensions to the operating system. NirSoft's ShellExView is a free utility that displays the details of any shell extensions installed on a PC and lets you enable or disable them individually. You can generate reports and save and export results to different file types for archiving or troubleshooting, such as diagnosing problems with context menus or when right-clicking is slow or doesn't work.

ShellExView is standalone freeware that is totally portable, and at 54KB, it's tiny enough to fit on practically any portable device or storage medium. We clicked the program icon, and ShellExView's compact Windows-style interface opened with a blank main view that, after a few seconds of searching, populated itself with all our system's shell extensions. The main view is similar to an e-mail in-box, with categories you can change as well as drag to expand or sort to choice. These displayed information like the extension's name, status, size, attributes, description, version, and product; even a tiny icon for each object type; although that's just a fraction of the information ShellExView extracts. Right-clicking any selected shell extension calls up a menu of more options, including the ability to save and copy selected items, generate HTML reports, and open an item in RegEdit. Selecting Properties on the menu or clicking the Properties icon calls up a detailed dialog for any selected item. The taskbar icons include a pair of dots: red for disabling an object, and green for enabling it. We scanned the list for a shell extension associated with an unused program since stopping a Windows extension can cause booting trouble, as a Warning Message advised. Selecting one, we clicked the red icon, and a message asked us if we wanted to stop the process. We did, and it did; same for the green button, only in reverse: clicking it re-activated the extension. This is a simple tool that's easy to use and effective.

This handy, free utility adds a useful capability to Windows, ironically by letting you view something else that adds a useful capability to Windows. That works for us, though.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works great, as intended."

    February 06, 2014   |   By S1lent Echoes

    Version: ShellExView 1.86

    Pros

    Works as advertised.

    Cons

    None .

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  • 5 stars

    "Splendid! Stopped me cursing out loud at laptop"

    July 30, 2013   |   By skajdlive

    Version: ShellExView 1.81

    Pros

    Quick, simple, immediate results and satisfaction

    Cons

    Non existent with this simple straightforward app but I guess if you were to disable or even worse delete something necessary then problems may occur? I guess ...

    Summary

    Finally I searched to fix the (strongest possible curse word adjectives) delay in right click context menu appearing and this has cured it immediately and efficiently. Thank you ShellExView.

    Updated on Jul 30, 2013

    Thank you Nirsoft

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  • 1 stars

    "Good idea, but"

    February 13, 2011   |   By papaziar

    Version: ShellExView 1.50

    Pros

    Good idea, it's free

    Cons

    But it's very cryptic and lacks documentation

    Summary

    Not worth the trouble.

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  • 4 stars

    "Easy to use."

    December 30, 2010   |   By WilliamEHolland

    Version: ShellExView 1.50

    Pros

    Simple to download and install. Good basic information provided. Not sure what to do with the information.

    Cons

    Need better guidance around using the product.

    Summary

    Good product for simple needs and uses.

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  • 5 stars

    "Perfect for fixing Right-click hangs"

    June 06, 2010   |   By LTS55

    Version: ShellExView 1.47

    Pros

    *Can fix problems with hanging or crashing right clicks
    *very useful for cutting down on clutter
    *Could be used to get rid of aspects of click hijackers

    Cons

    User interface could be better

    Summary

    This tool is a lifesaver... my computer (ever since i've had it) has always been unreliable. I'd do virus scans- install new software- delete old stuff. Nothing fixed one annoying problem. Every time i right clicked, or opened the start menu, or opened a new folder, the system would hang- anywhere from 5 seconds to 10 minutes.

    Explorere.exe (the system process which displays the taskbar and right-click menus) can get clogged up with stuff not needed, and this program can be used to help. It's likely if you ever install programs (especially utilities, virus scanners, and media players) you'll get some extra context menus you don't want.

    Most buttons on the context menu you'll never use and don't need (I don't even know what "Send to OneNote" does and i've never used it) and this tool can help you disable (i would recommend disabling not deleting unless it's broken)

    Effects were immediate after closing. RIght click responds instantly, folders open quickly. IT works so much better now.

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  • 5 stars

    "Highlighted and easy to disable corrupt extensions"

    May 30, 2010   |   By Jamesoutland

    Version: ShellExView 1.47

    Pros

    Simple to highlight and disable the highlighted extensions.

    Cons

    No issues to report

    Summary

    This feature saved me from reinstalling Windows 7, I lost my right click options and every time I would right click it crashed explorer. Once installed and the damaged/ corrupt files windows 7 Right click now works great.

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