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Add or Remove Cast to Device context menu in Windows 11

Cast to Device is a feature that allows you to directly (wired or wirelessly) stream media from your PC or tablet to a Miracast or DLNA supported device (ex: TV or Xbox) on your home network.

The¬†Cast to Device¬†context menu is available on media files (music, photos, videos, etc…) and folders that are supported for this feature. Cast to Device is also available as an option in supported apps, such as Microsoft Edge and Movies & TV.

This tutorial will show you how to remove the Cast to Device context menu from files and folders for all users in Windows 11. This can be handy if you don’t use or want the context menu.

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Disable “Show more options” context menu in Windows 11

When you right click on an item in Windows 11, you will see a new modern condensed context menu with Show more options (Shift+F10) at the bottom you have to click on to see all available options.

If you use the context menu a lot, then you will most likely find having to click on Show more options annoying anytime you need more options.

If you like, you can disable this condensed Show more options context menu to always see the full context menu again when you right click on an item.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the “Show more options” context menu for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove “Copy To folder” and “Move To folder” Context Menu in Windows 11

When you press and hold or right click on selected file(s) and folder(s) and click/tap on Copy To folder, it will copy them to a location you select immediately.

When you press and hold or right click on selected file(s) and folder(s) and click/tap on Move to folder, it will remove them from their current location and move them to a location you select immediately.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Copy To folder and Move to folder to the context menu for all users in Windows 11.

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Add Take Ownership to Context Menu in Windows 11

This tutorial will show you how to add Take Ownership to the context menu of all files, folders, and drives for all users in Windows 11.

This will allow you to be able to instantly take ownership of a file, folder (and all contents), or drive (and all contents) by changing the owner to the current user and grant the Owner_Rights SID (for current owner) full access permission.

When you right click or press and hold on a file, folder, or drive, click/tap on Show more options, and click/tap on Take Ownership, you will be prompted by UAC for approval first.

If a user is signed in as an administrator, then the user would just click/tap on Yes to approve and take ownership. The owner of the file, folder, or drive would be changed to the current user account. Permissions would be set to allow this current owner (Owner_Rights SID) full control of the file, folder, or drive.

If a user is signed in as a¬†standard user, then the user would need to enter a selected¬†administrator’s password¬†to approve and take ownership. The owner of the file, folder, or drive would be changed to the selected administrator account and not the standard user. Permissions would be set to allow this current owner (Owner_Rights SID) full control of the file, folder, or drive.

The¬†Take Ownership¬†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 taking ownership 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 Take Ownership context menu on files and folders inside the locations above, and on all drives other than the C drive and FAT32 drives.

Application files (ex: EXE, CMD, MSI) will have the Take Ownership context menu without replacing Run as administrator.

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Add Restart Explorer Context Menu in Windows 11

The¬†explorer.exe¬†process is the user shell for Windows, and is used by such items as the desktop, File Explorer, Start menu, notification area, and taskbar. Restarting the explorer.exe process is to stop and start it to effectively refresh explorer.exe. When the explorer.exe process has been stopped (aka: “end task”), you will see a blank black desktop with your mouse pointer showing until explorer.exe has been started again.

If you are having issues with the explorer.exe process (ex: hang), restarting the explorer.exe process may sort it without having to restart the computer.

If you are applying a registry tweak, sometimes you can just restart the explorer.exe process to apply instead of having to restart the computer or sign out and sign in.

This tutorial will show you how to add Restart Explorer to the desktop context menu of all users in Windows 11.

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Add “Open in Windows Terminal” expandable context menu in Windows 11

Windows Terminal is included by default in Windows 11.

The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

See also: An overview on Windows Terminal

Windows 11 includes a Open in Windows Terminal context menu by default when you right click or shift + right click on a folder or folder background, but this does not open Windows Terminal elevated (run as administrator).

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a custom Open in Windows Terminal expandable context menu for all users in Windows 11.

The Open in Windows Terminal expandable context menu will allow you to select to open Windows Terminal to the current folder path with the default shell profile, Command Prompt shell profile, or Windows PowerShell shell profile.

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Add “Open in Windows Terminal as administrator” context menu in Windows 11

Windows Terminal is included by default in Windows 11.

The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

See also: An overview on Windows Terminal

Windows 11 includes a Open in Windows Terminal context menu by default when you right click or shift + right click on a folder or folder background, but this does not open Windows Terminal elevated (run as administrator).

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a Open in Windows Terminal as administrator context menu for all users in Windows 11.

The Open in Windows Terminal as administrator context menu will allow you to select to open an elevated Windows Terminal to the current folder path with the default shell profile, Command Prompt shell profile, or Windows PowerShell shell profile.

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How to Add “Edit or Run with” PS1 File Context Menu in Windows 10

A PS1 file is a script, or cmdlet, used by Windows PowerShell.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a custom Edit or Run with cascading context menu for PowerShell .ps1 files for all users in Windows 10.

The Edit or Run with cascading context menu includes the following items for PS1 files :

  • Run with PowerShell
  • Run with PowerShell as administrator
  • Run with PowerShell 7
  • Run with PowerShell 7 as administrator
  • Edit with PowerShell ISE
  • Edit with PowerShell ISE as administrator
  • Edit with PowerShell ISE (x86)
  • Edit with PowerShell ISE (x86) as administrator
  • Edit with Notepad
  • Edit with Notepad as administrator

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How to Add or Remove Windows Security context menu in Windows 10

Windows 10 includes Windows Security, which provides the latest antivirus protection. Your device will be actively protected from the moment you start Windows 10. Windows Security continually scans for malware (malicious software), viruses, and security threats. In addition to this real-time protection, updates are downloaded automatically to help keep your device safe and protect it from threats.

This will show you how to add or remove a Windows Security desktop context menu to make directly opening protection areas in Windows Security easier in Windows 10.

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Add or Remove “Open in Windows Terminal” expandable context menu in Windows 10

The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

Starting with Windows 10 build 21337, Windows Terminal is now an inbox app.

Windows 10 includes a Open in Windows Terminal context menu by default that opens the default profile when you right click or shift + right click on a folder or folder background, but this does not allow you to select which Windows Terminal shell profile to open.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a custom Open in Windows Terminal expandable context menu for all users in Windows 10.

The Open in Windows Terminal expandable context menu will allow you to select to open Windows Terminal to the current folder path with the default shell profile, Command Prompt shell profile, or Windows PowerShell shell profile.

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How to Add or Remove Search in Sidebar Context Menu in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has announced sidebar search Рthe first step in their evolution of contextual search in the new Microsoft Edge.

With sidebar search, you can highlight a word or phrase, right click, and select ‚ÄúSearch in sidebar‚ÄĚ from the context menu. Search results show up in a pane on the right side of the page showing you web results like definitions, web links, images, videos and many more Bing services which are related to the query.

In addition to the web results, you now see image and video verticals which show results related to the highlighted word or phrase. If you are signed into your azure active directory account at work, you can now see company results.

Sidebar search is a persistent pane in the tab in which it was opened, which gives you the option to close the pane or look up additional information related to other words using the search box. There‚Äôs more ‚Äď if you want a full view of web results, you can now click on the ‚ÄúOpen in new tab‚ÄĚ button which opens the web results in a new tab.

If you do not want the “Search in sidebar” for text and image and “Search the web” for text context menus in Microsoft Edge, you can remove them using the¬†DefaultSearchProviderContextMenuAccessAllowed¬†policy used in this tutorial.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “Search in sidebar” for text and image and “Search the web” for text context menus in Microsoft Edge for all users.

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Add or Remove “Open in Windows Terminal as administrator” context menu in Windows 10

The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

Starting with Windows 10 build 21337, Windows Terminal is now an inbox app.

Windows 10 includes a Open in Windows Terminal context menu by default when you right click or shift + right click on a folder or folder background, but this does not open Windows Terminal elevated (run as administrator).

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a Open in Windows Terminal as administrator context menu for all users in Windows 10.

The Open in Windows Terminal as administrator context menu will allow you to select to open an elevated Windows Terminal to the current folder path with the default shell profile, Command Prompt shell profile, or Windows PowerShell shell profile.

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How to Add or Remove “Open in Windows Terminal” context menu in Windows 10

The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

If you have the Windows Terminal app installed in Windows 10, you will have a Open in Windows Terminal context menu available by default when you right click on a folder, or the background of an opened directory (folder or drive).

Starting with Windows 10 build 21337 and later, Windows Terminal is now an inbox app. Updates for Windows Terminal will continue to come through the Microsoft Store.

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

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How to Add or Remove Define on Context Menu for PDF Files in Microsoft Edge

Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.806.0 and higher, Microsoft has added a built-in dictionary feature to Define selected words while reading a PDF document in Microsoft Edge. Define will be available in the full context menu and quick menu when selecting words in PDFs.

The definition of the selected word(s) will show in a mini flyout menu with a brief description. if needed, you can select to see more details in a sidebar.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Define smart action in the full context menu and quick menu while reading PDF files opened in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary version 90.0.784.0, you can now turn on (default) or off to automatically show the mini menu when selecting text in PDF files opened in Microsoft Edge.

The mini menu shows the Copy, Highlight, Add comment, and More actions (to see full menu) options instead of the full context menu you see when right clicking on selected text in PDF files opened in Microsoft Edge.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing the mini menu when selecting text in PDF files opened in the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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Add or Remove “Map Network Drive” and “Disconnect Network Drive” from This PC Context Menu in Windows 10

By default, users can right click on This PC (desktop icon or File Explorer navigation pane) and click/tap on the Map Network Drive or Disconnect Network Drive context menu item to perform that action.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Map Network Drive and Disconnect Network Drive on the This PC context menu for specific or all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Troubleshooting Context Menu in Windows 10v

If something isn’t working in Windows 10, running a troubleshooter might help. Troubleshooters can find and fix many common problems for you.

Having all the troubleshooters and troubleshooting settings available for quick access from a context menu can make troubleshooting easier as needed.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Troubleshooting on the desktop context menu of all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Always Available Offline 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.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Always available offline context menu of network files and folders for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Dropbox Context Menu in Windows

Dropbox is a file hosting service operated by American company Dropbox, Inc. that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software.

Dropbox is a home for all your photos, docs, videos, and files. Anything you add to Dropbox will automatically show up on all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website ‚ÄĒ so you can access your stuff from anywhere.

If you installed the Dropbox app on your PC, a Dropbox context menu will be added for when you right click on your files and folders.

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove the Dropbox context menu for all users when the Dropbox app is installed in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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