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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 — 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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How to Add or Remove Google Drive Context Menu in Windows

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service created by Google. It allows users to store files in the cloud, share files, and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with collaborators. Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, an office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, and more.

To use Google Drive on your PC, you must first download and install: Backup and Sync from Google

When you install Backup and Sync from Google on your Windows computer, a Google Drive 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 Google Drive context menu for all users when Backup and Sync from Google is installed in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Command Prompt Open Here Context Menu in Windows 10

A command prompt is an entry point for typing computer commands in the Command Prompt window. By typing commands at the command prompt, you can perform tasks on your computer without using the Windows graphical interface.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a Command Prompt ‘Open here’ and ‘Open here as administrator’ context menu in File Explorer for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove PowerShell 7 Open Here Context Menu in Windows 10

PowerShell 7 is the latest major update to PowerShell, a cross-platform (Windows, Linux, and macOS) automation tool and configuration framework optimized for dealing with structured data (e.g. JSON, CSV, XML, etc.), REST APIs, and object models. PowerShell includes a command-line shell, object-oriented scripting language, and a set of tools for executing scripts/cmdlets and managing modules.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the PowerShell 7 ‘Open here’ and ‘Open here as administrator’ context menu in File Explorer for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add Create Elevated Shortcut to New Context Menu in Windows 10

When you open an application file with Run as administrator, you will get a UAC prompt for approval before the app is allowed to run with elevated rights.

In addition, Windows will not allow elevated apps to run at startup by default.

If you want to run an app as administrator (elevated) without getting a UAC prompt or at startup, then you can create an elevated task to run the application as a workaround to do so.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove create an Elevated Shortcut to the New context menu for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Open With ‘Always use this app’ in Windows 10

The Open with context menu allows users to choose an app or choose a default app to open a file with.

To choose a default app for a file, users would right click on the file, click/tap on Open with, click/tap on Choose another app, select an app to be default, check the Always use this app to open (file extension) files box, and click/tap on OK.

If wanted, you can remove Always use this app to open… from the Open with “How do you want to open this file?” dialog to prevent users from being able to set a default app.

If Always use this app to open… is missing from Open with or not working, then you can add it back to restore in the “How do you want to open this file?” dialog.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Always use this app to open in Open with for all users in Windows 10.

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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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