I'd like to edit the "right-click" menu for folders and files.
The recommended tool for the job is nautilus-actions Install nautilus-actions.

However, there are two things this tool cannot do.
1. It can't remove the existing menu items that are already there.

For example, I am never going to "Email" a directory. I want to completely remove it from the menu.
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  1. When I do use nautilus-actions, all of my new menu items show up as sub items of "Nautilus-Actions actions". I want them to be root menu items.

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Is there an easier way to do all of this? Where are the configurations stored? In the registry? In the filesystem? Do I have to code something according to the Nautilus API?

For as simple as this should be, I'm surprised how difficult it has been to find answers.

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You can remove the "Nautilus-Actions actions" by going to Edit->Preferences->Nautilus menu layout, and changing "Create a root Nautilus-Actions' menu to false.

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    That is only answering a small part of your question :) Maybe edit your question if this is what you were looking for. Sep 6, 2016 at 19:19

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