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How to Remove the Cast to Device Option from the Context Menu in Windows 10

In Windows 10, when you right-click on a file, the context menu that shows up has a specific entry named Cast to device that allows users to export the file to a device connected to their computer. As useful as this feature may seem to be, there are very few Windows 10 users who actually use it, and there are many Windows 10 users who actually want to remove the Cast to device option from their right-click context menu in order to tidy the context menu up a bit.

Well, the Cast to device option can certainly be removed from the right-click context menu in Windows 10, and the following are the two different methods that you can use to do so:

Method 1: Use a .REG file designed specifically for this purpose

The simplest way to remove the Cast to device option from your right-click context menu in Windows 10 is to create and use a simple .REG file that is designed specifically for this purpose. To do so, you are going to have to:

Open the Start Menu.

Search for “notepad” and then click on the search result titled Notepad.

Type the following text into the blank Notepad document:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked]

“{7AD84985-87B4-4a16-BE58-8B72A5B390F7}”=”Play To menu”

Press Ctrl + S to save the file.

Open the dropdown menu in front of Save as type and select All Files.

You can name the file anything you want as long as you give it a .REG extension. For example, naming the file reg will do just fine.

Browse to your desired location for the file and click on Save.

Navigate to the directory where you saved the .REG file and double-click it to launch it.

When the file asks you for permission to edit your registry, give it the permission it needs.

X cast to device

Restart your computer and you will no longer see the Cast to device entry in your context menu. You can delete the .REG file once you are done with it.

Method 2: Use ShellExView to disable the entry’s shell extension

If Method 1 does not work for you or you simply don’t want to fiddle around with something as delicate as your computer’s registry, there is another method that you can use, a method that involves the use of a third-party application known as ShellExView. ShellExView is a program that allows you to view all of the shell extensions installed on your computer and enable/disable them as you wish. To use this method to remove the Cast to device entry from the context menu in Windows 10, you need to:

Click here to download ShellExView.

Unzip the ShellExView .ZIP folder to a new folder using a compression program such as WinRAR.

Open the freshly uncompressed ShellExView

Launch ShellExView by clicking on the application named shexview.

You will be met with a list of all the shell extensions installed on your computer once the program is done compiling it. In this list, locate and right-click on a shell extension named PlayTo.

In the contextual menu, click on Disable Selected Items.

Exit ShellExView and restart your computer and you should no longer see the Cast to device option in the context menu once it boots up.

shexview

Once you are done with ShellExView, you can delete it from your computer. To re-enable the Cast to device entry, simply repeat the steps listed above but this time click on Enable Selected Items after right-clicking on the PlayTo shell extension.

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