ShellExView

ShellExView

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.90
  • Total Downloads:
    54,119
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 16, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    137.66KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    251
  • 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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User Reviews
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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.90
Version 1.90 is a bug fixing release.
General
Publisher NirSoft Freeware
Publisher web site http://www.nirsoft.net
Release Date June 16, 2014
Date Added June 16, 2014
Version 1.90
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows Me, Windows Server 2008, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements
Download Information
File Size 137.66KB
File Name shexview_setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 54,119
Downloads Last Week 251
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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