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Add Disk Cleanup to Context Menu of Drives in Windows 11

You can use Disk Cleanup on a regular basis to reduce the number of unnecessary files on your drives, which can free up drive space and help your PC run better. It can delete temporary files and system files, empty the Recycle Bin, and remove a variety of other items that you might no longer need.

You can add Cleanup to the context menu of drives that will open Disk Cleanup to reduce the number of unnecessary files on the selected disk to free up disk space.

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

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Add Change Owner to Context Menu in Windows 11

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‚ÄĒeven 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 and Windows 11.

The Change Owner context menu will allow you to quickly and easily see which user or group is the current owner of a file, folder, or drive.

The Change Owner context menu includes Take Ownership to change the owner of the file, folder, or drive would to the current user account. Permissions will be set to allow this current owner (Owner_Rights SID) full control of the file, folder, or drive.

The Change Owner context menu will also allow you to instantly change the owner of a file, folder (including contents), or drive to Administrators, Everyone, SYSTEM, or TrustedInstaller on demand without changing permissions.

When you right click or press and hold on a file, folder, or drive, click/tap on¬†Change Owner, and click/tap on either¬†Take Ownership¬†or¬†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 change the owner of the folder’s content at the same time. You will still be able to use the¬†Change Owner¬†context menu on files and folders inside these locations, and on all drives other than the C drive and FAT32 drives.

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Add Empty Folder context menu in Windows 11

You can add a Empty folder context menu to permanently delete the file contents of a folder after a one time Y/N confirmation to prevent emptying the folder by mistake.

Subfolders and their contents will not be deleted. Only the file contents in a folder you right clicked on will get permanently deleted.

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

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Add Slide Show Context Menu in Windows 11

You can add Slide show to the context menu of image files to allow you to view selected image files as a slide show.

While the slide show is playing, you can right click or press and hold on the slide show to use the available options below.

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

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Add “Copy Contents to Clipboard” Context Menu in Windows 11

The Copy Contents to Clipboard context menu item will allow users to copy the contents of a single .bat, .cmd, .css, .html, .js, .log, .ps1, .reg, .rtf, .txt, or .vbs file to the clipboard to make it easy to paste the contents where you like.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Copy Contents to Clipboard context menu of text type files for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add Windows Update Context Menu in Windows 11

In Windows 11, you decide when and how to get the latest updates to keep your device running smoothly and securely. When you update, you’ll get the latest fixes and security improvements, helping your device run efficiently and stay protected. In most cases, restarting your device completes the update. Make sure your device is plugged in when you know updates will be installed.

If you like, you can add a Windows Update context menu to make accessing the Windows Update pages in Settings fast and easy.

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

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Add “Choose Light or Dark Mode” Context Menu in Windows 11

Windows 11 supports two color modes: light and dark. Each mode consists of a set of neutral color values that are automatically adjusted to ensure optimal contrast.

In both light and dark color modes, darker colors indicate background surfaces of less importance. Important surfaces are highlighted with lighter and brighter colors.

The Dark mode has colors that are designed to work well in a low-lit environment. This option is for the Start menu, taskbar, and action center.

The Light mode is designed to work well during daylight hours. If you choose this option, you’ll be able to Show accent color on title bars and windows borders. Selecting light for Choose your default Windows mode will gray out and disable Show accent color on Start and taskbar.

If you switch between light and dark mode often, then adding the Choose Light or Dark Mode desktop context menu can make it easier to choose your default windows mode and app mode on demand.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Choose Light or Dark Mode desktop context menu for all users in Windows 11 and Windows 10.

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Add “Kill all not responding tasks” Context Menu in Windows 11

The¬†Kill all not responding tasks¬†desktop context menu item will allow users to to quickly kill any “not responding” task processes all at once.

When you use the¬†Kill all not responding tasks¬†context menu, you will see a¬†No tasks running with the specified criteria¬†message if there are currently no “not responding” tasks running. If there were any not responding tasks running, then they would be listed as being killed instead.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Kill all not responding tasks desktop context menu for all users in Windows 11.

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Add “Turn off display” Context Menu in Windows 11

By default, You can specify a screen timeout for how long the PC sits inactive without user activity before all connected displays automatically turn off.

When your display turns off, you would just need to move the mouse, touch the touchpad or touchscreen, click a mouse or touchpad button, or press a key for the display(s) to turn back on.

There may be times when you would like to turn off the display or lock computer and turn off display on demand instead.

This tutorial will show you how to add a Turn off display desktop context menu that will let users Turn off display or Lock computer and Turn off display on demand in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove NVIDIA Control Panel Context Menu in Windows 11

If your Windows device has NIVIDIA graphics and NVIDIA display drivers installed, the NVIDIA Control Panel is included in the GeForce driver.

Featuring display management, application, and gaming-specific features, the NVIDIA Control Panel ensures the best overall experience using NVIDIA graphics.

The NVIDIA Control Panel is added to the desktop context menu by default.

If wanted, you can remove NVIDIA Control Panel from the desktop context menu.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the NVIDIA Control Panel desktop context menu for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove “Add or edit stickers” Desktop context menu in Windows 11

Desktop Stickers is a hidden feature in Windows 11 that allows you to choose and edit stickers for your wallpaper when using Windows Spotlight or a picture with Fill as your desktop background image.

Using the new sticker editor you can pick, place, and resize stickers as you like. It can be accessed through Settings or by right-clicking your desktop.

If you enabled Desktop Stickers, you can remove Add or edit stickers from the desktop context menu if wanted and still have access through Settings.

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

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Add Personalize (classic) context menu in Windows 11

The old classic Personalization settings from the Control Panel included theme settings, desktop background, color and appearance, sounds, screen saver settings, desktop icon settings, mouse pointers, and Notification Area Icons.

These Personalization settings have moved to the Settings app with a new UI in Windows 11.

If you prefer to still use the classic Personalization settings from the Control Panel, you can add Personalize (classic) to the desktop context menu to make it easy to use.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a Personalize (classic) desktop context menu for all users in Windows 11.

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Add OneDrive to 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 by default.

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.

With OneDrive, you can sync files and folders between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere Рyour computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

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

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Add or Remove Automatically Hide Taskbar Context Menu in Windows 11

The taskbar on your desktop is located on the bottom of the screen by default in Windows 11.

If you like, you can have the taskbar automatically hide in Windows 11.

If you enable automatically hide the taskbar, you can show the taskbar on demand by:

  • Hover pointer on border of¬†taskbar location.
  • Press the Win + T keys.
  • On a touchscreen, swipe inwards from the border (ex: bottom) of¬†taskbar location.

If you are someone that turns on or off “Automatically hide taskbar” often, then you could add the¬†Automatically hide taskbar¬†context menu to make it fast and easy to turn on/off on demand.

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

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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
Description‚Äč
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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