Remove Microsoft Groove Folder Synchronization

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 15, 2008
Updated • Feb 24, 2013
Microsoft, Microsoft Office

If you have installed Microsoft Office on a computer system you might have installed a module called Microsoft Groove with it. Microsoft Office Groove was designed for document collaboration "in teams with members who are regularly off-line or who do not share the same network security clearance". The area where most users come in contact with Microsoft Groove is the right-click context menu entry that is added after the installation of Microsoft Office. The Groove Folder Synchronization will appear on right-clicks but also in Internet Explorer and other areas of Windows Explorer.

The easiest way to remove the Microsoft Groove Folder Synchronization is by uninstalling Microsoft Office Groove. That is the best and most secure way to deal with the entries of that Office module. All you need to do is go into the Windows Control Panel, select Add / Remove programs, click on the Change button in the Microsoft Office 2007 entry, select to add or remove components and to uncheck Groove when the list of components is displayed.

This will uninstall Microsoft Office Groove from the system. Users who simply want to get rid of the context menu entries can do the following instead.

groove folder synchronization

Locate the following Registry keys and delete them to remove the Groove Folder Synchronization entries:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\XXX Groove GFS Context Menu Handler XXX

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\XXX Groove GFS Context Menu Handler XXX

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\XXX Groove GFS Context Menu Handler XXX

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\XXX Groove GFS Context Menu Handler XXX

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\XXX Groove GFS Context Menu Handler XXX

This will remove the entries from the context menu but will not uninstall Microsoft Office Groove.

Update: It is recommended to backup the Registry keys first before you delete them. To do that, right-click on the key and select Export from the context menu. Do that for all keys that you delete.

Microsoft Office Groove has been renamed to Microsoft SharePoint Workspace in the meantime by Microsoft.


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  1. Min Ko Ko Naing said on January 7, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Please help me this saturation. Because my personal files are cannot see now. How can I get back. Please help me, because of important for me.
    Thanks and best regards,
    Min Ko Ko Naing

  2. albert mendoza said on August 5, 2012 at 1:41 am

    very helpful tip on removing groove folder sync off of the right-click context menu.

  3. Steve Roth said on June 14, 2012 at 4:35 am

    At one time I experimented with Groove Folder, and all my desktop icons are now highlighted. Even though I removed Groove Folder per your generous instructions, the icons are still all highlighted. I guess it’s not hurting anything.

  4. bristi nandy said on November 26, 2011 at 9:13 am

    thank you

  5. Anonymous said on October 20, 2010 at 3:37 am

    Um are you all stupid? Deleting registry data? Of course the groove sync feature is still on your system just not in sight. Don’t you want to remove it completely? Free up space?

    Here you go: Go into control panel, add or remove programs, Microsoft Office, “CHANGE”, and TAH DAHHHHHHH you have the option to remove any of the features.

    Next time search for a better answer.

  6. Kristiyan Ivanchevski said on July 15, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you. Works in WinXP with Office 2007.

  7. ash said on July 10, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    works with office 2007 and win 7.

    thanks a lot, buddy!

  8. Chris said on July 6, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks for the tip, this Groove Folder thing is always getting in the way. You can search for ‘XXX ‘ as well, to find the entries.

  9. M.D. Waters said on November 27, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Thank you!!! This was a great posting. Appreciate the info sharing.

  10. Vladan said on November 25, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Thank you for this. The mighty google brought me to this page.

    Confirming that it works with office 2010!

    Peace :)

  11. pavas said on October 2, 2009 at 7:02 am

    i tried removing it thru add/remove programs and MS Office – change thing but I could not find groove anywhere in MS Office.
    About those registry things, how do I find them so that I can delete them.

    In my laptop, whenever I start the system, groove starts running.
    that is the only prob.
    I dont have any problem with my right click entries.

  12. Groove? said on August 20, 2009 at 6:59 am

    Thank you for this fix. Easy directions and good explanation.

  13. zip said on August 6, 2009 at 12:32 am

    thank for this tip.. I don’t want to see my right click context menu that wider..

  14. Daniel said on May 2, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    I can’t eevn find microsoft office 2007 in my add/remove programs -,- , i have vista sooo… can any1 help?

  15. E said on March 18, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    I struggled for a while, because I couldn’t find Groove in my add/remove programs. If that happens to you, go to Add/Remove, click on Microsoft Office 2007 and select CHANGE. Then you can deselect individual components, amongst others, Groove.

  16. TechNald said on March 11, 2009 at 10:26 am

    at last!!! i was searching this for almost a year now. thank you for sharing this!

  17. 1motorpsycho said on March 8, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks but there is no icon to remove in add/remove programs. Just an annoying configuration box that keeps popping up. I need to get rid of it another way.

  18. Peter said on February 19, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    It works under xp, too,
    Thank you nice work.

  19. loot said on January 8, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I made a .reg file which makes it easier to add/remove the context menu.

    add menu:

    remove menu:

    tested only on vista.

  20. Kislay Kishore said on December 17, 2008 at 5:39 am

    Well I always felt Grove to be a burden.

  21. xf said on December 16, 2008 at 8:11 am

    ty for the solution. i always hated it taking up space in my context menu. an easier way would be bringing up search in the Registry for ‘XXX Groove GFS Context Menu Handler XXX’ entries. make sure the 5 entries which Martin stated are deleted.

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