If you’re a programmer that uses TortoiseSVN to manage your Subversion source control project, you might wonder how to easily disable the menu items without completely uninstalling. Here’s a quick way to do it.

Note: this article is meant for programmers or people pretending to be programmers.

The general idea is that we’ll remove the Windows Explorer context menu items from the registry with one script, and then add the registry entries back with another script.

To make it a little simpler and prevent the annoying Regedit prompts, what you can do is create a shortcut to regedit.exe, pass in the location of the registry hack file we’ve provided, and make sure to use the /s switch for silent mode.

Then put those shortcuts in your Start Menu folder, so you can easily get them from the start menu search.

Or you could create a set of hotkeys to enable or disable them on the fly… if you’re reading this, you’re probably a programmer, so you can figure that out.

The only real magic here is the registry hack files that we’ve already created. Download them!

Download the Enable/Disable TortoiseSVN Registry Hack

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