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Add or Remove Properties context menu for This PC in Windows 11

This PC is located as a desktop icon and in the navigation pane of File Explorer.

When you right click on This PC and click/tap on Properties, it will open the Settings > System > About page.

If you like, you can remove the Properties context menu from This PC for all users.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Properties context menu from This PC for all or specific users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove “Open file location” and “Open folder location” context menu in Windows

When you right click or press and hold on a shortcut of a file or folder, a file or folder in search results, or a file or folder in a library in File Explorer, you can click/tap on the Open file location or Open folder location context menu item to open the source location of the file or folder with the file or folder selected.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Open file location and Open folder location context menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Open with Context Menu to URL files in Windows 11

A .url file is an Internet shortcut that opens with your default web browser.

URL files do not include Open with in their context menu by default in Windows.

If you like, you can add Open with to the context menu of .url files that allows you to choose an app to open the URL file with always or just once.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Open with to the context menu of URL files for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Open with Context Menu to BAT files in Windows 11

A .bat file is a batch file that consists of a series of commands to be executed by the command line interpreter, stored in a plain text file.

BAT files do not include Open with in their context menu by default in Windows.

If you like, you can add Open with to the context menu of .bat files that allows you to choose an app to open the BAT file with just once.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Open with to the context menu of BAT files for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add Encrypt and Decrypt to Context Menu in Windows 11

The Encrypted File System, or EFS, provides an additional level of security for files and folders. It provides cryptographic protection of individual files on NTFS file system volumes using a public-key system.

Files or folders saved into an existing encrypted folder will automatically be encrypted by EFS.

If you like, you can add Encrypt and Decrypt to the context menu of files and folders to make it easier to encrypt files and folders with EFS on demand without having to open their Advanced Properties first.

If a file or folder is not encrypted by EFS, then you will see Encrypt on the context menu.

If a file or folder is encrypted by EFS, then you will see Decrypt on the context menu.

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove the Encrypt and Decrypt context menu for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off PowerToys Image Resizer in Windows 10 and Windows 11

Microsoft PowerToys is a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for greater productivity.

Image Resizer is a Windows shell extension for bulk image-resizing. After installing PowerToys, right-click on one or more selected image files in File Explorer, and then select Resize pictures from the menu. Turning off Image Resizer will remove Resize pictures from the context menu.

Image Resizer also allows you to resize images by dragging and dropping your selected files with the right mouse button. This way, resized pictures can quickly be saved in a different folder.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off PowerToys Image Resizer for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Rotate Left and Rotate Right Context Menu in Windows 11

Windows includes a built-in feature allowing you to quickly rotate an image file to the left and right, and automatically save the rotation change.

You can rotate left to turn the selected image 90 degrees to the left.

You can rotate right to turn the selected image 90 degrees to the right.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Rotate left and Rotate right context menu for image files for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add Permanently Delete to Context Menu in Windows 11

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

If you delete a file or folder that’s larger than the set¬†maximum storage size¬†of the drive’s recycle bin, a¬†This file is too big to recycle. Do you want to permanently delete it?¬†confirmation dialog will always display.

You can manually permanently delete a file without sending it to the Recycle Bin by selecting the file and pressing the Shift + Delete keys.

You can set to always¬†don’t move files to the Recycle Bin of a drive when deleted, and permanently delete the files immediately instead.

If wanted, you can add Permanently delete to the context menu of files and folders to make it easier to permanently delete selected items on demand without having to do the above.

This tutorial will show you how to add Permanently delete to the context menu of files and folders for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Properties on Recycle Bin Context Menu in Windows 11

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

The Recycle Bin properties page allows users to select a¬†Custom maximum size¬†or¬†Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted, and turn on or off to¬†Display delete confirmation dialog.

If wanted, you can remove Properties from the Recycle Bin context menu to prevent opening the Recycle Bin properties page.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Properties on the Recycle Bin context menu for all or specific users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add Empty Recycle Bin to Context Menu in Windows 11

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

If you like, you can add Empty Recycle Bin to the context menu when you right click on the desktop, and right click on the background of a folder or drive opened in File Explorer. This can make it easier to empty your recycle bin from these locations without having to switch to the desktop and right click or open the Recycle Bin.

This tutorial will show you how to add Empty Recycle Bin to the context menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add WinSxS Component Store Cleanup Context Menu in Windows 11

The WinSxS folder is located in the Windows folder, for example C:\Windows\WinSxS. It’s the location for Windows Component Store files. The Windows Component Store is used to support the functions needed for the customization and updating of Windows. Here are some examples of how the Windows Component Store files are used:

  • Using Windows Update to install new component versions. This keeps systems secure and up-to-date.
  • Enabling or disabling¬†Windows features.
  • Adding roles or features using Server Manager.
  • Moving systems between different Windows Editions.
  • System recovery from corruption or boot failures
  • Uninstalling problematic updates
  • Running programs using side-by-side assemblies

The component store (WinSxS folder) contains components that make-up Windows and allow you operate your system. These components are kept in this folder in case you need to rollback changes or repair corrupted files.

Files in this folder might appear to be stored in more than one place in the operating system, but there’s usually only one copy of the file and the rest of the copies are actually hard links. Some tools, such as the File Explorer, determine the size of directories without taking into account that the contained files might be hard linked, which might lead you to think that the WinSxS folder takes up more disk space than it really does.

The operating system automatically reduces the size of the WinSxS folder by using methods similar to the ones described in this topic. Windows also uses internal processes to reduce the size of the WinSxS folder, such as uninstalling and deleting packages with components that have been replaced by other components with newer versions. Previous versions of some components are kept on the system for a period of time, allowing you to rollback if necessary. After a period of time, these older components are automatically removed from the installation.

You can manually analyze and clean up the component store (WinSxS folder) to reduce its size in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

This tutorial will show you how to add a Component Store Cleanup desktop context menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add SFC /SCANNOW Context Menu in Windows 11

System File Checker (SFC) is a tool built into Windows that will check for system file corruption.

The SFC /SCANNOW command scans and verifies the integrity of all protected system files and replaces missing or corrupted versions with correct versions when possible. If this command discovers that a protected file has been overwritten, it retrieves the correct version of the file from the Windows image component store, and then replaces the missing or corrupted file.

This tutorial will show you how to add a SFC SCANNOW desktop context menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Run as administrator Context Menu in Windows 11

Windows runs desktops apps and application files (ex: .bat, .cmd, .exe, and .msc file types) in user mode by default without elevated administrator rights unless it prompts you with UAC to run elevated (highest privileges).

When you use¬†Run as administrator¬†on a desktop app or application file, you are allowing it to run with full administrator access to everything on the computer. This means you are giving it special permissions to access restricted parts of the computer that would otherwise be off-limits. This could be a potential security risk if not a trusted app or application file, but sometimes “Run as administrator” is necessary for a trusted app or application file to run properly if it requires elevated rights for full access.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Run as administrator context menu item for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add Run as administrator to Context Menu of VBS Files in Windows 11

Windows runs desktops apps and application files (ex: .bat, .cmd, .exe, and .msc file types) in user mode by default without elevated administrator rights unless it prompts you with UAC to run elevated (highest privileges).

When you use¬†Run as administrator¬†on a desktop app or application file, you are allowing it to run with full administrator access to everything on the computer. This means you are giving it special permissions to access restricted parts of the computer that would otherwise be off-limits. This could be a potential security risk if not a trusted app or application file, but sometimes “Run as administrator” is necessary for a trusted app or application file to run properly if it requires elevated rights for full access.

A .vbs file is a Virtual Basic script written in the VBScript scripting language. It contains code that can be executed within Windows via the Windows-based script host (Wscript.exe), to perform certain admin and processing functions.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Run as administrator context menu item for .vbs files for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add Run as administrator to Context Menu of MSI Files in Windows 11

Windows runs desktops apps and application files (ex: .bat, .cmd, .exe, and .msc file types) in user mode by default without elevated administrator rights unless it prompts you with UAC to run elevated (highest privileges).

When you use¬†Run as administrator¬†on a desktop app or application file, you are allowing it to run with full administrator access to everything on the computer. This means you are giving it special permissions to access restricted parts of the computer that would otherwise be off-limits. This could be a potential security risk if not a trusted app or application file, but sometimes “Run as administrator” is necessary for a trusted app or application file to run properly if it requires elevated rights for full access.

A .msi file is a Windows Installer package file. Is uses the Microsoft Windows Installer service to configure installer packages, such as applications.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Run as administrator context menu item for .msi files for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Default Items on New Context Menu in Windows 11

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

The default New context menu items include to create a new Folder, Shortcut, Bitmap image, Text Document, Compressed (zipped) Folder, and Library.

System folders will only have New > Folder available.

Libraries will only have New > Library available.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove default items on the New context menu for all users in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove “Open in New Process” context menu in Windows 11

You can right click on a drive, folder, or library, click/tap on Show more options (Shift+F10), and click/tap on Open in new process to open the drive, folder, or library in its own new separate process.

Opening drives, folders, and libraries in their own new separate explorer process can improve the stability of the explorer shell.

By default, all File Explorer windows, including the desktop shell, run in a single explorer.exe process. If one File Explorer window hangs or crashes, it will cause all File Explorer windows running in the same process to hang or crash until the process restarts.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Open in new process context menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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