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How to Add or Remove Open in New Process context menu in Windows 10

By default, all File Explorer windows, including the desktop shell, run in a single explorer.exe process. If one File Explorer window hangs or crashes, it will cause all File Explorer windows running in the same process to hang or crash until the process restarts.

Opening drives, folders, and libraries in their own new separate explorer process can improve the stability of the explorer shell.

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

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How to Add Navigation pane to Context Menu in Windows 10

You can use the navigation pane to browse locations such as Quick access, OneDrive, Libraries, This PC, Network, and Homegroup. You can also move or copy items directly to a destination in the navigation pane.

By default, you can click/tap on Navigation pane from the View tab in the ribbon of File Explorer to quickly toggle to show or hide the navigation pane in File Explorer.

This tutorial will show you how to add Navigation pane to the context menu in File Explorer for all users to quickly toggle the navigation pane in Windows 10.

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How to Add Details pane to Context Menu in Windows 10

The details pane shows you see the most common properties associated with the selected file. File properties provide more detailed info about a file, such as the author, the date you last changed the file, and any descriptive tags you might have added to the file.

By default, you can click/tap on Details pane from the View tab in the ribbon of File Explorer to quickly toggle to show or hide the details pane in File Explorer.

This tutorial will show you how to add Details pane to the context menu in File Explorer for all users to quickly toggle the details pane in Windows 10.

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How to Add Preview pane to Context Menu in Windows 10

The preview pane shows you see the contents of a file, such as image or text files, without having to open it with an app.

By default, you can click/tap on Preview pane from the View tab in the ribbon of File Explorer to quickly toggle to show or hide the preview pane in File Explorer.

This tutorial will show you how to add Preview pane to the context menu in File Explorer for all users to quickly toggle the preview pane in Windows 10.

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How to Add Item check boxes to Context Menu in Windows 10

You can use check boxes to make selecting multiple items in any order easier to do in File Explorer and on your desktop in Windows.

When check boxes is turned on, you can hover the pointer over each item to reveal the check box to be able to check (select) or uncheck (unselect) it.

By default, you can use Item check boxes from the View tab in the ribbon of File Explorer to quickly toggle use check boxes on and off.

This tutorial will show you how to add Item check boxes to the context menu of the desktop, drives, folders, and folder/drive backgrounds for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add Hidden items to Context Menu in Windows 10

Hidden files, folders, and drives do not show by default in Windows. Windows protected system files (ex: desktop.ini files) are hidden by default.

By default, you can use Hidden items from the View tab in the ribbon of File Explorer to quickly toggle to show or hide the files and folders that are marked as hidden on your PC. Protected operating system files will only toggle to show if you have unchecked the Hide protected operating system files box in Folder Options.

This tutorial will show you how to add Hidden items to the context menu of the desktop, drives, folders, and folder backgrounds for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add Set save location to Context Menu of Libraries in Windows 10

Libraries gather folders that are stored in different locations so you can browse them in one place. You can include folders and drives to a library as you like, and set a default save location and public save location for the library.

A library’s default save location determines which included folder an item will be stored to when you copy, move, or save it to the library.

A library’s public save location determines which included folder an item will be stored to when users or homegroups that you set to share the library with copy, move, or save the item to the library.

You can add the Set save location and Set public save location context menus to libraries and library backgrounds that will let you quickly set a default save location and public save location for a library.

This tutorial will show you how to add Set save location to the context menu of libraries for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add Optimize library for to Context Menu of Libraries in Windows 10

Libraries gather folders that are stored in different locations so you can browse them in one place. You can include folders and drives to a library as you like, and set a default save location and public save location for the library.

You can add a Optimize library for context menu to libraries and library backgrounds that will let you quickly change the template of a library to be optimized for General Items, Documents, Pictures, Music, or Videos.

This tutorial will show you how to add Optimize library for to the context menu of libraries for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add Change Icon to Context Menu of New Libraries in Windows 10

Libraries gather folders that are stored in different locations so you can browse them in one place. You can include folders and drives to a library as you like, and set a default save location and public save location for the library.

You can add a Change icon context menu to new libraries and new library backgrounds that will let you quickly change the icon of a new library.

This tutorial will show you how to add Change icon to the context menu of new libraries for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add Manage Library to Context Menu of Libraries in Windows 10

Libraries gather folders that are stored in different locations so you can browse them in one place. You can include folders and drives to a library as you like, and set a default save location and public save location for the library.

You can add a Manage library context menu to libraries and library backgrounds that will let you quickly view or change the library’s settings instead of doing so from the library’s properties page.

This tutorial will show you how to add Manage library to the context menu of libraries for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add Restore Settings to Context Menu of Libraries in Windows 10

Libraries gather folders that are stored in different locations so you can browse them in one place. You can include folders and drives to a library as you like, and set a default save location and public save location for the library.

You can add a Restore settings context menu to libraries and library backgrounds that will restore the default settings of a library.

This tutorial will show you how to add Restore settings to the context menu of libraries for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add AutoPlay to Context Menu of Drives in Windows 10

AutoPlay lets you choose an action for different kinds of media when you plug in a device or insert media. You can set AutoPlay to open different kinds of content, such as photos, music, and video on different kinds of media, such as drives, CDs, or DVDs. For example, you can use AutoPlay to select an app that will automatically open photos on a removable drive when you plug it into your PC. With AutoPlay, you don’t have to open the same app or reselect preferences every time you plug in a certain device.

You can add AutoPlay to the context menu of drives that will let you choose what AutoPlay action to perform by default with that type of drive when connected next without having to open AutoPlay to do so.

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

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How to Add Cleanup to Context Menu of Drives in Windows 10

You can use Disk Cleanup to reduce the number of unnecessary files on your drives, which can help your PC run faster. 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 file 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.

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How to Add Email to Context Menu in Windows 10

You can use Email from the Share tab in the ribbon of File Explorer by default when you have files and/or folders selected. It allows you to send the selected items in an email as attachments using your installed email client program (ex: Outlook). The included Mail app in Windows 10 cannot be used with this share by email feature.

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

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How to Add Hide selected items to Context Menu in Windows 10

Hidden files, folders, and drives do not show by default in Windows. Windows protected system files (ex: desktop.ini files) are hidden by default.

If you have Windows set to show hidden files, folders, and drives, hidden items will be faded in File Explorer to indicate that they are hidden.

If you have Windows set to don’t show hidden files, folders, or drives, hidden items will not be seen in File Explorer.

You can use Hide selected items from the View tab in the ribbon of File Explorer by default. It allows you to quickly toggle to hide or unhide selected files and folders on demand.

You can also manually hide or unhide a file or folder by setting its hidden attribute to what you want.

This tutorial will show you how to add Hide selected items to the context menu of files and folders for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add History to Context Menu in Windows 10

You can use File History to automatically back up versions of your files on a schedule to a location you select to save to. You can select to save backups to an internal hard drive, externally connected drive (ex: USB drive), or you can save to a drive on a network. You can add, remove, and exclude folders to be backed up by File History.

Over time, you’ll have a complete history of your files. If the originals are lost, damaged, or deleted, you can restore them. You can also browse and restore different versions of your files. For example, if you want to restore an older version of a file (even if it wasn’t deleted or lost), you can browse through a timeline, select the version you want, and restore it.

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

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How to Add Copy path to Context Menu in Windows 10

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

You can use Copy path from the Home tab in the ribbon of File Explorer by default, and use Copy as path by default by holding the Shift key while right clicking on selected items.

This tutorial will show you how to add Copy path to the context menu of files and folders for all users in Windows 10.

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