Some Microsoft Office users are complaining about a black context menu that is showing and shutting down after a few minutes. The context menu occurs due to a background executable software which is known as Office Background Task Handler. If you are getting annoyed with the pop up, then this article will help you to disable Office background Task Handler.
Here’s how to disable Office background task handler
· Updating Microsoft Office
- Go to the Office app such as the Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
- Press on the File option.
- Choose the Account option.
- Below the Office Update option, you need to check whether an automatic update is turned on or not.
- You need to turn off the automatic update, press on the Update Options button.
- After that, choose the “Enable Updates” option.
- After the User Account Control is shows on the screen, press on the Yes button.
- Press on the Update options button once again.
- Choose the Update Now option.
- Now, the downloading and installing process of the Microsoft update starts automatically.
- Start the system again.
- You need to check whether there is any development or not.
· Execute Office background Task handler as an admin
- Launch the File Explorer menu.
- Go to the below-mentioned directory:
C:-> Program Files (x86) -> Microsoft Office -> root
- Click twice on the Office16 file to launch it.
- You need to right-click on the officebackgroundtaskhandler.exe.
- Choose the Properties option.
- By going to the Properties menu, press on the Compatibility option.
- Go through the “Run this program as an administrator” option.
- Press on the Apply option.
- Press on the OK button.
- This procedure will save all the changes you have done.
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· Turn off the Office background Task Handler from your Task Scheduler
- Click on the Windows key and R key.
- It will launch the Run pop-up menu.
- Enter taskschd.msc in the search bar.
- Click on the Enter option.
- It will launch the Task Scheduler menu.
- Press on the Task Schedule Local option.
- Enlarge the Task Scheduler Library option.
- You just need to press on the greater than symbol showing on the screen.
- Choose the Microsoft file.
- Enlarge the Microsoft file.
- Press on the Office file and search for it
- You need to right-click on the OfficeBackgroundTaskHandlerRegistration section.
- Choose the Disable option.
- It will hide the task handler.
- Now, you will not get the context menu when you use the computer.
- You will go back to the context menu in case you install the Microsoft Office latest version.
- You need to follow the same steps to turn off the task once again.
Billy Mark is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Microsoft products at office.com/setup.