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ShellExView

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.95
  • Total Downloads:
    69,504
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 13, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    137.88KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    301
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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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

"It fixed by File Explorer right-clicking problem"

August 12, 2015  |  By integritivity

2015-08-12 04:45:57  |  By integritivity

 |  Version: ShellExView 1.95

Pros

I disabled my Norton toolbar and then I could right-click in File Explorer again. Then I went back in and enabled the toolbar and everything was still working. So I didn't lose any functionality at aI disabled my Norton toolbar and then I could right-click in File Explorer again. Then I went back in and enabled the toolbar and everything was still working. So I didn't lose any functionality at all. It was easy to download and didn't attempt to load anything else on my computer.ll. It was easy to download and didn't attempt to load anything else on my computer.

Cons

I really had zero problems with it.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher NirSoft Freeware
Publisher web site http://www.nirsoft.net
Release Date July 13, 2015
Date Added July 13, 2015
Version 1.95
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements
Download Information
File Size 137.88KB
File Name shexview_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 69,504
Downloads Last Week 301
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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