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How to Add Change Owner to Context Menu in Windows 10

An owner is assigned to an object when that object is created. By default, the owner is the creator of the object. No matter what permissions are set on an object, the owner of the object can always change the permissions.

The owner of an object (ex: file, folder, drive, or registry key) has the right to allow or deny access to that resource. Although members of the Administrators group and other authorized users also have the right to allow or deny access, the owner has the authority to lock out non-administrator users, and then the only way to regain access to the resource is for an administrator or a member of the Restore Operators group to take ownership of it. This makes the file or folder owner important with respect to what permissions are allowed or denied for a given resource.

Ownership can be taken or transferred in several ways. The current owner of an object can transfer ownership to another user or group. A member of the Administrators group can take ownership of an object or transfer ownership to another user or group—even if administrators are locked out of the resource according to the permissions. Any user with the “Take Ownership” permission on the object can take ownership, as can any member of the “Backup Operators” group (or anyone else with the “Restore Files And Directories” user right, for that matter).

This tutorial will show you how to add Change Owner to the context menu of all files, folders, and drives for all users in Windows 10.

The Change Owner context menu will allow you to quickly and easily see which user or group is the current user of a file, folder, or drive.

The Change Owner context menu will also allow you to instantly change the owner of a file, folder, or drive to Administrators, Everyone, SYSTEM, or TrustedInstaller on demand.

When you right click or press and hold on a file, folder, or drive, click/tap on Change Owner, and click/tap on either one of the the Change Owner to… items, you will be prompted by UAC to approve.

The Change Owner context menu will not be available when you right click or press and hold only on the specific C: drive, C:\Program Files folder, C:\Program Files (x86) folder, C:\ProgramData folder, C:\Users folder, and C:\Windows folder. This was done by design since changing the owner of the Windows “C:” drive and these specific system folders can make Windows unstable as it would also take ownership of all their content at the same time.

You will still be able to use the Change Owner context menu on files and folders inside the locations above, and on all drives other than the C drive and FAT32 drives.

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How to Add Show Recycle Confirmation to Recycle Bin Context Menu in Windows 10

The Recycle Bin provides a safety net when deleting files or folders. When you delete any of these items from your hard disk, Windows places it in the Recycle Bin and the Recycle Bin icon changes from empty to full.

When you delete a file or folder in Windows, a delete confirmation dialog will display by default for you to approve sending the file or folder to the Recycle Bin.

You can turn off these recycle confirmations if wanted from the Recycle Bin properties page.

If you like, you can add Show recycle confirmation to the context menu of the Recycle Bin to make it quick and easy to toggle on (checked) or off (unchecked) to display the delete confirmation dialog on demand.

This tutorial will show you how to add Show recycle confirmation to the context menu of the Recycle Bin for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add Environment Variables Context Menu in Windows 10

Environment variables are a set of dynamic named values that can affect the way running processes will behave on a computer. The variables can be used both in scripts and on the command line. Environment variables makes it easy when certain standard directories and parameters need to be referenced but where the actual locations or names can vary from computer to computer.

The variable (ex: “%UserProfile%”) is used as a type of shortcut of the value (ex: “C:\Users\”).

There are two types of environment variables: user environment variables (set only for current user) and system environment variables (set for all users).

This tutorial will show you how to add an Environment Variables desktop context menu in Windows 10.

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How to Add Repair Windows Image Context Menu in Windows 10

If a Windows image becomes unserviceable, you can use the Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management (DISM) tool to update the files and correct the problem.

For example, you would use DISM to fix Windows component store corruption when a sfc /scannow command is unable to repair corrupted or modified system files because the component store (source) is corrupted. SFC should be able to repair the files afterwards.

This tutorial will show you how to add a Repair Windows Image desktop context menu in Windows 10.

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How to Add SFC SCANNOW Context Menu in Windows 10

If some Windows functions aren’t working or Windows crashes, use the System File Checker to scan Windows and restore your files.

The SFC /SCANNOW command scans the integrity of all protected system files and replaces incorrect (corrupted or modified) versions with correct Microsoft versions.

This tutorial will show you how to add a SFC SCANNOW desktop context menu in Windows 10.

The SFC SCANNOW context menu will allow you to quickly run a SFC /SCANNOW command as needed.

When SFC runs in Windows, it logs its actions into the C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log file. The SFC scan details log item in the context menu will create a sfcdetails.txt file on your desktop to see only the specific SFC entries with the [SR] tags filtered from the CBS.log for the SFC scan log details.

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How to Add Printer to Send To Context Menu in Windows 10

You will see the Send to context menu when you right click on a file or folder in Windows.

The Send to context menu makes it easy for you to quickly send a copy of items (ex: files, folders, libraries) to Bluetooth device, Compressed (zipped) folder, Desktop (create shortcut), Documents, Fax recipient, Mail recipient, and removable and network drives.

If you like, you can add a printer shortcut to the Send to context menu to send items you want printed to any printer(s) you add to the Send to context menu.

This tutorial will show you how to add a printer to the Send to context menu in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Office 2019 New Context Menu Items in Windows 10

The New context menu allows users to quickly create a new item in the current location.

If you have Microsoft Office 2019 installed, it will add the following items to the New context menu by default.

  • Microsoft Access Database – Creates a New Microsoft Access Database.accdb file at current location.
  • Microsoft Word Document – Creates a New Microsoft Word Document.docx file at current location.
  • Microsoft Access Database – Opens Access to a “File New Database” dialog to create a new Database1.accdb file.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation – Creates a New Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation.pptx file at current location.
  • Microsoft Publisher Document – Creates a New Microsoft Publisher Document.pub file at current location.
  • Microsoft Excel Worksheet – Creates a New Microsoft Excel Worksheet.xlsx file at current location.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove all or specific Microsoft Office 2019 New context menu items for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add Turn On or Off Mono Audio context menu in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 15025, people with partial hearing loss or deafness in one ear can turn on mono audio to have Windows play audio from both the left and right audio channels into both ears (channels) when using headphones, so they don’t miss any sounds.

This tutorial will show you how to add Mono Audio to the Desktop context menu for all users to turn on or off mono audio in Windows 10.

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How to Fix Slow or Freezing Right Click Context Menu in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10

A context menu is a graphical user interface (GUI) that appears when you right click or press and hold on an item (ex: desktop, file, folder, drive, etc…) in Windows. A context menu can have menu items and sub-menus with a list of options or actions available for the item you right clicked on.

When you install 3rd party apps, some may include their own shell extensions that add items to the right click context menu.

If an app’s shell extension isn’t working properly, it can cause a context menu to be extremely slow or freeze when you right click to open the context menu.

This tutorial will show you how to troubleshoot and fix slow or freezing right click context menu caused by shell extensions in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Items in Send To context menu in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10

You will see the Send to context menu when you right click on a file or folder in Windows.

The Send to context menu makes it easy for you to quickly send a copy of items (ex: files, folders, libraries) to Bluetooth device, Compressed (zipped) folder, Desktop (create shortcut), Documents, Fax recipient, Mail recipient, and removable and network drives.

To move an item instead of copy and item, you can right click or press and hold on a file or folder, click/tap on Send to, press and hold the Shift key, and click/tap on a drive or folder in the Send to context menu.

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove items in the Send To context menu to customize it in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add a Boot to Advanced Startup Options context menu in Windows 10

Advanced startup enables you to perform these actions:

  • Start recovery (aka: Windows RE or WinRE), troubleshooting, and diagnostic tools.
  • Boot from a disk (ex: USB or DVD) or device (UEFI only)
  • Access the PC’s UEFI firmware
  • Restore Windows from a system image
  • Choose default operating system to boot to on PC if multiple operating systems are installed

When you boot to advanced startup, all user sessions are signed off. If you select a Windows RE feature from this menu, the PC restarts into Windows RE and the selected feature is launched.

  • In some situations, Windows RE automatically tries to repair the system. Also, these situations automatically cause a failover to Windows RE:
  • Two consecutive failed attempts to start Windows.
  • Two consecutive unexpected shutdowns that occur within two minutes of boot completion.
  • A Secure Boot error (except for issues related to Bootmgr.efi).
  • A BitLocker error on touch-only devices.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Boot to Advanced Startup Options to the Desktop context menu for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove NVIDIA Control Panel Desktop Context Menu in Windows

If your Windows device has NIVIDIA graphics and NVIDIA display drivers installed, you will have the NVIDIA Control Panel available.

By default, the NVIDIA Control Panel item will show in the desktop context menu.

The NVIDIA Control Panel is NVIDIA’s hardware control application that unlocks the features of NVIDIA drivers. The NVIDIA Control Panel was designed by NVIDIA’s dedicated user interface team to revolutionize software ease-of-use and ensure that set-up and configuration of your NVIDIA hardware has never been easier.

The NVIDIA Control Panel contains settings and adjustments for NVIDIA GPUs and MCPs. In similar fashion, the NVIDIA Control Panel now applies the same depth of control to the rest of the core components within the system. Without ever leaving Windows or entering the BIOS users can optimize and adjust nearly every system component to minimize noise, increase stability, and maximize performance.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the NVIDIA Control Panel desktop context menu for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add Restart Start Menu to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 10

The Start menu contains shortcuts of all your apps, settings, and files.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18317, Microsoft separated the Start menu into its own process, called StartMenuExperienceHost.exe. This has a number of benefits, including simplifying debugging and insulating Start from potential issues impacting other surfaces.

This will allow you restart the Start menu without having to restart the explorer.exe process.

Restarting the StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process can be helpful if the Start menu will not open, frozen, or acting buggy.

This tutorial will show you how to add Restart Start Menu to the desktop context menu of all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add Compact OS Context Menu in Windows 10

Windows 10 includes tools to help you use less drive space. You can now compress the files for the entire operating system, including your preloaded desktop applications. Compact OS lets you run the operating system from compressed files (similar to WIMBoot in Windows 8.1 Update 1), and single-instancing helps you run your pre-loaded Windows desktop applications in compressed files. The new processes helps maintain a small footprint over time by using individual files, rather than combining them in a WIM file.

Windows 10 can efficiently compress system files. That gives back approximately 1.5GB of storage for 32-bit and 2.6GB of storage for 64-bit Windows.

Compact OS is supported on both UEFI-based and Legacy BIOS-based Windows 10 installations.

This tutorial will show you how to add a Compact OS desktop context menu for all users in Windows 10.

The Compact OS context menu allows users to quickly query the current Compact state, and allows administrators to quickly compress or uncompress the OS as needed.

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How to Add Unblock File Context Menu in Windows 10

The Attachment Manager is included in Windows to help protect your PC from unsafe attachments that you might receive with an e-mail message and from unsafe files that you might save from the Internet. If the Attachment Manager identifies an attachment that might be unsafe, the Attachment Manager prevents (blocks) you from opening the file, or it warns you before you open the file.

It uses the IAttachmentExecute application programming interface (API) to find the file type, to find the file association. When one of these applications saves a downloaded file on a disk formatted with NTFS, then it updates the metadata for the file with the zone it was downloaded from. The metadata is saved as an Alternate Data Stream (ADS). If you wish to unblock a downloaded file, you can do so by right-clicking it, selecting Properties and clicking on Unblock.

The Open File – Security Warning prompt is a security measure that will ask for your permission before opening a file on your PC that came from an unknown source such as the Internet or another PC.

Windows SmartScreen helps keep your PC safer by warning you before running unrecognized apps and files downloaded from the Internet.

Open File – Security Warning and Windows SmartScreen automatically blocks these types of apps and files until you unblock them.

If you like, you can add Unblock to the context menu of files and folders to make unblocking files easier as needed.

When you click on Unblock in the context menu of a blocked file, you will be prompted by either a Open File – Security Warning or Windows Defender Smartscreen dialog to approve unblocking the file without opening or running the file.

When you click on Unblock in the context menu of a folder, you can select to Unblock files only in this folder or Unblock files in this folder and subfolders. You will not get prompted by a Open File – Security Warning or Windows Defender Smartscreen dialog to approve.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove an Unblock file context menu to files and folders for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Move to OneDrive Context Menu in Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can easily save your files to OneDrive and get to them from any device, like your PC, tablet, or phone.

OneDrive is free online storage at OneDrive.com that comes with your Microsoft account. It’s like an extra hard drive that’s available from any of the devices you use. You no longer need to email files to yourself or carry around (and possibly lose) a USB flash drive. Instead, whether you’re on your laptop and working on a presentation, viewing photos from your last family vacation on your new tablet, or on your phone reviewing your shopping list, you can get to your files in OneDrive.

Getting started with OneDrive is easy. You can add files already on your PC to OneDrive by either copying them over or moving them from your PC. When you save new files, you can choose to save them to OneDrive so you can get to them from any device and share them with other people. And, if your PC has a built-in camera, you can automatically save copies of the photos in your camera roll to OneDrive, so you’ll always have a backup.

When you have OneDrive running in the background in Windows 10, all files will have a Move to OneDrive context menu available. If OneDrive is not currently running, the Move to OneDrive context menu will no longer be available.

When you are signed in to OneDrive with your Microsoft account and use the Move to OneDrive context menu, the file will be moved to your online OneDrive.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Move to OneDrive context menu for files for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add Secure Delete to Recycle Bin Context Menu in Windows 10

The Recycle Bin provides a safety net when deleting files or folders. When you delete any of these items from your hard disk, Windows places it in the Recycle Bin and the Recycle Bin icon changes from empty to full.

If you have multiple hard drives, partitions, or an external hard drive connected to your PC, each location will have its own $Recycle.Bin and Recycle Bin settings. Removable drives, such as USB flash drives and memory cards, will not have a Recycle Bin. Files deleted from removable drives are permanently deleted.

When you delete a file or folder in Windows, the item(s) get placed in the Recycle Bin by default until you empty the Recycle Bin to permanently delete them if you didn’t want to restore them.

However, permanently deleting a file or folder doesn’t secure delete them.

Secure Delete will delete and overwrite a file or folder to securely erase any data that exists in the unallocated portions of a disk for the deleted file or folder so it gone forever and cannot be recovered.

If you like, you can add Secure Delete to the Recycle Bin context menu that will secure erase all items (files and folders) in the Recycle Bin deleted from the “C:” drive for the current user.

The Secure Delete context menu will perform 3 passes to securely erase only the items in the Recycle Bin deleted from the “C:” drive for the current user. If you would prefer to have more passes, then please post a reply in this tutorial requesting it, and I’ll post an updated .reg file for it. If you would like to have the Recycle Bin of other drive letters included, then please post a reply in this tutorial requesting it, and I’ll post an updated .reg file for it.

This tutorial will show you how to add Secure Delete to the Recycle Bin context menu for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add Secure Delete to Context Menu in Windows 10

When you delete a file or folder in Windows, the item(s) get placed in the Recycle Bin by default until you empty the Recycle Bin to permanently delete them if you didn’t want to restore them.

If you permanently delete a file or folder, the item(s) will bypass the Recycle Bin and be immediately permanently deleted instead.

However, permanently deleting a file or folder doesn’t secure delete them.

Secure Delete will delete and overwrite a file or folder to securely erase any data that exists in the unallocated portions of a disk for the deleted file or folder so it gone forever and cannot be recovered.

If you like, you can add a Secure Delete context menu that will secure erase selected files and folders.

The Secure Delete context menu will perform 3 passes to securely erase the selected file(s) and/or folder(s). If you would prefer to have more passes, then please post a reply in this tutorial requesting it, and I’ll post an updated .reg file for it.

The Secure Delete context menu will not be available when you right click or press and hold on any drive, the C:\Program Files folder, the C:\Program Files (x86) folder, the C:\ProgramData folder, the C:\Users folder, the C:\Windows folder, and the C:\Windows.old folder. This was done by design to prevent deleting these critical Windows system folders by mistake.

You will still be able to use the Secure Delete context menu on files and folders inside the folders above though.

This tutorial will show you how to add Secure Delete to the context menu of files and folders for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add File Name Extensions Context Menu in Windows 10

A file name extension is a set of characters added to the end of a file name that determine which app should open it. By default, File Explorer hides file name extensions in Windows 10. However, you can make file name extensions visible.

This tutorial will show you how to add File name extensions to the context menu for all users to quickly toggle to hide or show file name extensions for their account in Windows 10.

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How to Add Sync Center Context Menu in Windows

Offline Files is a feature of Sync Center that makes network files available to a user, even if the network connection to the server is unavailable.

Users can use offline files (if enabled) to make their network files always available offline to keep a copy of the files stored on the network on your computer. This allows users to work with them even when they are not connected to the network or a server is unavailable. The next time the user connects to the network or the server is available, their offline files on your computer will automatically sync to the network files on the server to update.

The Sync Center allows you to view recent sync activity, sync now, or change your sync settings for your offline files.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a Sync Center desktop context menu to for all users to manage their Offline Files in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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