Install Microsoft Office 2013 and you may see a grayed out “SkyDrive Pro” option in your context menu. This option appears whenever you right-click a file or folder, but it’s useless if you don’t use SharePoint.
SkyDrive Pro is used to sync files with a Microsoft SharePoint server, as Microsoft has explained. It is different from Microsoft’s consumer-focused SkyDrive client and removing this option shouldn’t prevent the normal SkyDrive software from functioning.
Removing SkyDrive Pro
There’s no obvious way to disable this option in Office 2013’s interface. We will have to delete it from the Windows registry.
To open the registry editor, press the Windows key to open the Start menu, type regedit into the search box in the Start menu, and press Enter. (On Windows 8, press the Windows key, type regedit at the Start screen, and press Enter.)
Navigate to the following key in the registry editor’s left pane:
Expand the shell key and you’ll see a key named SPFS.ContextMenu. Right-click the SPFS.ContextMenu key and select Delete.
The SkyDrive Pro option will disappear from your context menu immediately after you delete this key. You don’t even have to restart your computer or log out and log back in.
Removing Other Context Menu Options
If your context menus are still cluttered after removing this option, you can remove other useless options, too. We have covered cleaning up your messy context menu using both the Windows registry and free utilities named ShellExView and ShellMenuView.
You may want to try removing context menu options with FileMenuTools, which also allows you to create your own custom context menu options.
If you are looking for something geekier, we have also covered adding application shortcuts to the context menu using the registry.
Chris Hoffman is a technology writer and all-around computer geek. He's as at home using the Linux terminal as he is digging into the Windows registry. Connect with him on Google+.
- Published 02/5/13