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Add or Remove Select Context Menu in Windows 11

You have many options to select items in File Explorer (Win+E) and on the desktop (Win+D) in Windows 11.

If wanted, you can add a Select context menu to Select all, Select none, and Invert selection items from instead of just from the command bar in File Explorer.

You can right click on a window/desktop background or on one or more selected items, and click/tap on Show more options to see the Select context menu item.

Select context menu items‚Äč
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Select all Select all items on the desktop or currently active open window.
Select none Unselect all items on the desktop or currently active open window.
Invert selection Inverts all currently selected items as unselected and inverts all currently unselected items as selected at once on the desktop or currently active open window.

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

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Add or Remove Open in new tab context menu in Windows 11

Starting with Windows 11 build 25136, the title bar of File Explorer now has tabs to help you work across multiple locations at the same time.

You can right click on a drive, folder, or library location in File Explorer to see the Open in new tab context menu item.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Open in new tab context menu in File Explorer for all users in Windows 11.

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Restore Missing Send to Context Menu Items in Windows 11

The Send to context menu allows you to quickly send a copy of items (ex: files, folders, libraries) to Bluetooth device, Compressed (zipped) folder, Desktop (create shortcut), Documents, 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 Show more options, click/tap on Send to, press and hold the Shift key, and click/tap on a drive or folder location in the Send to context menu.

This tutorial will show you how to restore any missing default Send to context menu items for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Edit with Clipchamp Context Menu in Windows 11

A new Clipchamp app has been included starting with Windows 11 build 22572.

Clipchamp is a video editor focused on making video creation easy, fast, and fun. Clipchamp is equipped with all the basic tools you’d expect, like trimming and splitting, as well as more pro-style features like transitions and animated text. For real-time content capture, there are also built-in webcam and screen recorders.

Clipchamp adds a Edit with Clipchamp context menu item when you right click on image and video files.

If wanted, you can remove the Edit with Clipchamp context menu without having to uninstall the Clipchamp app.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Edit with Clipchamp context menu for your account or all users in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Pin to Start Context Menu in Windows 11

The section at the top of the Start menu :win: is called the Pinned section. This section consists of pins arranged in a grid. The items in this section are a subset of all the apps installed on the PC; not all installed apps are included in this section by default. The number of rows and items in this view are consistent across device panel sizes.

You can Pin to Start an app, drive, file, folder, library, or site to Start.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Pin to Start context menu item for all users in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Add to Favorites Context Menu in Windows 11

Starting with Windows 11 build 22593, Quick access in File Explorer (Win+E) is now called Home. The name Quick access has been repurposed for the pinned/frequent Folders section, and Pinned files is now called Favorites to align with Office and OneDrive. Recent and pinned files (Favorites) displayed in Home are now searchable using the search box in File Explorer even if they are not local files, so you can find Office files recently shared with you.

Home in the navigation pane is the default homepage of File Explorer (Win+E) that allows you to quickly access and view your pinned/frequent locations (Quick access), Favorites (pinned files), and Recent files from one location.

You can use the Add to Favorites context menu to pin files you want to File Explorer Home.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Add to Favorites context menu for all users in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove New context menu in Windows 11

The New context menu allows users to create a new Folder, Library, Shortcut, Bitmap image, Text Document, and Compressed (zipped) Folder by default in the current location.

The New context menu will only have Folder available in system locations.

The New context menu will only have Library available in Libraries.

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

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Turn On or Off Underline Access Keys in Windows 11

An access key is an underlined character in the text of a menu, context menu item, or the label of a control such as a button.

You can press and hold the Shift, Alt, or F10 key while you right click on an item to see available access keys underlined in the context menu. You can then press the underlined letter (access key) as a keyboard shortcut to use/open that menu item.

If you like, you can turn on to always have access keys underlined even when not holding Shift, Alt, or F10 key while you right click to open a context menu.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off always underline access keys for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Taskbar Context Menus in Windows 11

The taskbar is a horizontal bar at the bottom of your desktop in Windows 11 that shows the Start menu :win:, Search, Task View, Widgets, Chat, File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Store icons aligned to the center by default. The taskbar corner includes the notification area icons, Quick Settings (Win+A), and Notification Center (Win+N) with the clock and calendar.

The taskbar context menus include:

  • Right click on taskbar for¬†Taskbar settings.
  • Right click on the Start button or press Win+X to open the¬†Win+X Quick Link Menu.
  • Right click on an icon on the taskbar to open its¬†Jump List.
  • Shift + Right click on an icon on the taskbar to open its context menu.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable context menus on the taskbar for all or specific users in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove “Set as desktop background” Context Menu in Windows 11

You can change your desktop background in Windows 11 to be a picture, solid color, a slideshow, or Windows Spotlight.

When you right click on a .avci, .avcs, .avif, .avifs, .bmp, .dib, .gif, .heic, .heics, .heif, .heifs, .hif, .jfif, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .tif, .tiff, or .wdp image file, you can use the Set as desktop background context menu item to quickly set that image as your new desktop background wallpaper.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Set as desktop background context menu for all users in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove “Run as different user” context menu in Windows 11

Run as different user allows a user to run a .bat, .cmd, .exe, .msc, or .msi file as a different user. This allows running the .bat, .cmd, .exe, .msc, or .msi file with the same permissions and rights as the different user instead of the user account they are currently signed in to.

To use Run as different user in File Explorer, you would normally have to right click on the .bat, .cmd, .exe, .msc, or .msi file, press and hold the Shift key, right click on Show more options, release the Shift key, and click/tap on Run as different user.

The Run as different user context menu is not available in the Start menu by default, but it can be added.

Run as different user does require you to enter the credentials of the user you want to run as.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Run as different user context menu for all users in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Items in Send to Context Menu in Windows 11

The Send to context menu allows you to quickly send a copy of items (ex: files, folders, libraries) to Bluetooth device, Compressed (zipped) folder, Desktop (create shortcut), Documents, 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 Show more options, click/tap on Send to, press and hold the Shift key, and click/tap on a drive or folder location in the Send to context menu.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove items in the Send to context menu in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add Hidden items Context Menu in Windows 11

Hidden files, folders, and drives do not show by default in Windows.

Hidden files, folders, and drives are marked with the hidden attribute.

Protected operating system files are marked with the hidden and system attributes.

When you set to show hidden files, folders, and drives and protected operating system files, their icons will appear dimmed (faded) to indicate that they are hidden items.

This tutorial will show you how to add a custom Hidden items context menu to make it easy to hide/unhide selected files/folders and hide/show hidden items on demand in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Drives in Send to Context Menu in Windows 11

The Send to context menu allows you to quickly send a copy of items (ex: files, folders, libraries) to Bluetooth device, Compressed (zipped) folder, Desktop (create shortcut), Documents, 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 Show more options, click/tap on Send to, press and hold the Shift key, and click/tap on a drive or folder location in the Send to context menu.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing removable and network drives in the Send to context menu for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Send to Context Menu in Windows 11

The Send to context menu allows you to quickly send a copy of items (ex: files, folders, libraries) to Bluetooth device, Compressed (zipped) folder, Desktop (create shortcut), Documents, 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 Show more options, click/tap on Send to, press and hold the Shift key, and click/tap on a drive or folder location in the Send to context menu.

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

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Enable or Disable “Pin to taskbar” and “Unpin from taskbar” in Windows 11

The taskbar in Windows 11 shows the Start menu, Search, Task View, Widgets, Chat, File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Store buttons (icons) aligned to the center by default.

The taskbar will also show the icon of the app for any window you have open. If you like, you can¬†pin an app to the taskbar¬†to always show the app’s icon on the taskbar whether the app is open or not. Pinning an app to the taskbar makes it easier to open the app on demand from the taskbar.

You can enable the Do not allow pinning programs to the taskbar policy to disable and remove Pin to taskbar and Unpin from taskbar from context menus.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Pin to taskbar and Unpin from taskbar for specific or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add Create Restore Point Context Menu in Windows 11

Turning on system protection for a drive allows System Restore to include the drive when restore points are created so you can undo undesired system changes by reverting to a previous point in time.

System Restore monitors system changes and saves the system state as a restore point. If a system problem develops as a result of a system change, the user can return the system to a previous state using the data from a restore point.

Restore points are created to let users select a previous system state. Each restore point contains the required information to restore the system to the selected state. Restore points are created before key changes are made to the system.

System Restore automatically manages the disk space that is allocated for restore points. It purges the oldest restore points to make room for new ones. System Restore allocates space based on the size of the hard disk and the version of Windows that the computer runs, as shown in the following table. You can adjust the maximum disk space per drive used for system protection.

Use System Restore to make restore points when you install a new app, driver, or Windows update, and when you create a restore point manually. System Restore does not restore user data or documents, so it will not cause users to lose their files, e-mail, browsing history, or favorites. Restoring will remove apps, drivers, and updates installed after the restore point was made. System Restore is also made available to users in the Windows Recovery Environment or safe mode, making it easier for them to restore their computers to a state before problems occurred.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a Create Restore Point context menu for all users in Windows 11.

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Add Optimize to Context Menu of Drives in Windows 11

Optimizing your drives can help your PC run smoother and boot up faster.

Windows 11 includes Optimize Drives that will automatically retrim a SSD or defrag a HDD as needed.

  • Retrim¬†= Generates TRIM and Unmap hints for all currently unused sectors of the SSD or NVMe volume, notifying the underlying storage that the sectors are no longer needed and can be purged. This can recover unused capacity on thinly provisioned drives.
  • Defrag¬†= Locates and consolidates fragmented files on local HDD volumes to improve system performance.

Optimize Drives runs automatically on a weekly schedule at the time set in automatic maintenance. You can also manually run Optimize Drives on demand as needed.

This tutorial will show you how to add Optimize to the context menu of drives in Windows 10 and Windows 11 to make it easier to optimize and defrag drives on demand.

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Add Install CAB Context Menu in Windows 11

A cabinet is a single file, usually with a .cab extension, that stores compressed files in a file library. The cabinet format is an efficient way to package multiple files because compression is performed across file boundaries, which significantly improves the compression ratio.

You can use the DISM /Add-Package command with Windows cabinet (.cab) files to install or remove updates, service packs, language packs, and to enable or disable Windows features.

This DISM command can be used to make installing a Windows Update CAB file easy with a single click in the CAB file context menu.

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

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