Right-click is an important option that allows the user to view properties, access other options and rename, copy or delete a particular file or folder. Sometimes one may want to avoid making any changes to files or folders on the desktop and disable right-click for desktop only. For someone using Windows XP as their OS, this can be achieved by accessing the Windows XP registry and using a registry editor. After making the necessary changes to the Explorer options, the computer needs to be restarted to implement the changes.
Disable right-click on the desktop
To disable the right-click (context-menu) on the desktop, you must go through the registry:
Click on the Start button. In the search field, type the command "regedit" and press Enter.
Locate the following entry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER> Software> Microsoft> Windows> CurrentVersion> Policies> Explorer.
Click on the Edit menu> New > DWORD Value > 32 bits.
Name it as "NoViewContextMenu" and double-click on it.
Enter 1 in the Value Data field. Click on OK.
Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
To restore this feature, you can simply delete the "NoViewContextMenu" or set its value to 0.