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Add or Remove “Compress to ZIP file” Context Menu in Windows 11

Zipped (compressed) files take up less storage space and can be transferred to other computers more quickly than uncompressed files. In Windows, you work with zipped files and folders in the same way that you work with uncompressed files and folders. Combine several files into a single zipped folder to more easily share a group of files.

The Compress to ZIP file menu item is available on the file/folder context menu, File Explorer command bar menu, and Send To context menu by default.

This tutorial will show you how to remove the Compress to ZIP file context menu for your account, specific users, or new users in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Visual Search Context Menu in Microsoft Edge

The Microsoft Edge web browser is based on Chromium and was released on January 15, 2020. It is compatible with all supported versions of Windows, and macOS. With speed, performance, best in class compatibility for websites and extensions, and built-in privacy and security features.

Visual Search lets you quickly explore more related content about entities in an image in Microsoft Edge.

You can hover on an image in Microsoft Edge to see the hover menu that offers convenient, contextual options for Visual Search and to discover, save, and explore content while browsing.

You can also right click on an image in Microsoft Edge to use the Visual Search context menu.

You can turn on or off Show Visual Search in context menu if wanted.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Visual Search context menu in Microsoft Edge for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove “Boot to Advanced Startup” Context Menu in Windows 11

The Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) is a companion operating system installed alongside Windows 11, typically in a separate partition, that can help with troubleshooting, recovery, or booting from external media, such as a USB stick.

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 Recovery Environment (WinRE) feature from this menu, the PC restarts into WinRE and the selected feature is launched.

If you boot into Advanced startup often, then you could add Boot to Advanced Startup to the desktop context menu to make it easier.

This tutorial will show you how to add Boot to Advanced Startup to the desktop context menu for all users in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove “Copy as path” Context Menu for Drives in Windows 11

Copy path or Copy as path will copy the full path of selected items (files and folders) wrapped in quotes to the Clipboard so you can paste (Ctrl+V) the full path(s) of the item(s) where you like.

The¬†Copy as path¬†context menu and¬†Copy path¬†from the File Explorer command bar menu is not available for drives by default, but can be added to be able to copy the full path of a selected drive (ex:¬†“C:\”) wrapped in quotes. This will also include¬†mapped network drives.

This tutorial will show how to add or remove the Copy as path context menu and Copy path from the File Explorer command bar menu for drives for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove “Open as Portable Device” Context Menu in Windows 11

Windows Portable Devices (WPD) enables computers to communicate with attached media and storage devices. WPD provides a flexible, robust way for computers to communicate with music players, storage devices, mobile phones, cameras, and many other types of connected devices.

When you open removable media or devices (ex: USB) as a portable device, programs or software run from that device will store their data on the portable device itself and should not require storage or registry changes on the computer which they are running on.

To open removable media or device as a portable device in Windows, you would right click on the connected removable media or device in File Explorer > This PC, click/tap on Show more options (W11 only), and click/tap on Open as Portable Device.

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

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Add or Remove “Advanced security” Context Menu in Windows 11

You can use Advanced Security Settings to manually change the owner, change permissions, and set up advanced sharing settings for a selected item.

Normally to open¬†Advanced Security Settings¬†for an item (ex: file, folder, or drive), you would need to right click on an item, click/tap on “Properties”, click/tap on the “Security” tab, and click/tap on the “Advanced” button.

If you like, you can add Advanced security to the context menu to make it easier to directly open Advanced Security Settings for an item as needed.

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

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Add or Remove “Copy as path” Context Menu in Windows 11

Copy path or Copy as path will copy the full path of selected items (files and folders) wrapped in quotes to the Clipboard so you can paste (Ctrl+V) the full path(s) of the item(s) where you like.

This tutorial will show how to add or remove the Copy as path context menu and Copy path from the File Explorer command bar menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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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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