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How to Add or Remove Accounts Settings context menu in Windows 10

You need a user account to use Windows, and if you share a single PC with other people, each person should have their own account. Each person can customize their account with their own settings and preferences, like a desktop background or screen saver. User accounts also help control which files and apps each person can use and what changes they can make to the PC.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove an Accounts Settings desktop context menu for all users to quickly view their info, email & app accounts, sign-in options, family & other people, and sync settings in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Windows Update Settings context menu in Windows 10

Windows Update helps keep your PC safer and your software current by automatically downloading and installing important and critical updates for Windows from Microsoft via the Internet.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a Windows Update Settings desktop context menu for all users to quickly check for updates, view update history, set restart options, and set advanced options in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove ‘Share with’ Context Menu in Windows 10

The Share with context menu makes it easy for you to share individual files and folders—and even entire libraries—with other users. The options you’ll see in the Share with menu will depend on the file, folder, or drive you’re sharing and the type of network (homegroup , workgroup, or domain) your computer is connected to.

There are some locations in Windows that, for security reasons, can’t be shared directly using the Share with menu. For example, if you attempt to share a drive or system folders (ex: Program Files, Users, and Windows, etc.). To share these locations, you must use Advanced sharing instead.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Share with context menu and Sharing tab in Properties for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add ‘Suspend BitLocker protection’ to Context Menu of Drives in Windows

BitLocker can encrypt the drive Windows is installed on (the operating system drive) as well as fixed data drives (such as internal hard drives). You can also use BitLocker To Go to help protect all files stored on a removable data drive (such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive).

You can temporarily suspend (pause) BitLocker protection whenever you like for an unlocked drive encrypted by BitLocker—for example, if you need to install new software that BitLocker might otherwise block—and then resume BitLocker protection on the drive again when you’re ready.

When you suspend BitLocker protection for an OS drive, it will remain unlocked and unprotected until you either manually resume BitLocker protection for the drive, or have it resume BitLocker protection automatically the next time you restart the PC.

When you suspend BitLocker protection for a fixed data drive, it will remain unlocked and unprotected until you manually resume BitLocker protection for the drive. This is even after you restart the PC.

When you suspend BitLocker protection for a removable data drive, it will remain unlocked and unprotected until you manually resume BitLocker protection for the drive. This is even after you restart the PC, or disconnect and reconnect the drive.

This tutorial will show you how to add Suspend BitLocker protection to the context menu of all unlocked drives encrypted by BitLocker for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add ‘Lock Drive’ to Context Menu of BitLocker Encrypted Drives in Windows 10

You can use BitLocker Drive Encryption to help protect your files on an entire drive. BitLocker can help block hackers from accessing the system files they rely on to discover your password, or from accessing your drive by physically removing it from your PC and installing it in a different one. You can still sign in to Windows and use your files as you normally would.

BitLocker can encrypt the drive Windows is installed on (the operating system drive) as well as fixed data drives (such as internal hard drives). You can also use BitLocker To Go to help protect all files stored on a removable data drive (such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive).

You can choose how you want to unlock an encrypted data drive: with a password or a smart card. For removable data drives encrypted with BitLocker To Go, you can set the drive to automatically unlock when you sign in to the PC. For fixed data drives, you can also set the drive to automatically unlock when you unlock the PC, if you prefer, as long as the operating system drive is BitLocker-protected.

To lock a fixed data drive encrypted by BitLocker, you could restart the computer unless you set the drive to automatically unlock when you sign in.

To lock a removable data drive encrypted by BitLocker, you could disconnect the drive or restart the computer unless you set the drive to automatically unlock when you connect the drive or sign in.

This tutorial will show you how to add Lock Drive to the context menu of all unlocked fixed and removable drives encrypted by BitLocker to be able to lock the drive on demand in Windows 10.

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Add or Remove ‘Open file location’ and ‘Open folder location’ Context Menu in Windows 10

When you right click or press and hold on a shortcut of a file, shortcut of a folder, 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.

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How to Add Briefcase to New Context Menu in Windows 10

The New context menu allows users to quickly create a new item in the current location.

The default New context menu items include to create a new Library, Folder, Shortcut, Bitmap image, Contact, Journal Document, Rich Text Document, Text Document, and Compressed (zipped) Folder.

If you like, you can add Briefcase to the New context menu.

You can use Briefcase to keep files in sync between two different computers, even if the computers aren’t on the same network. If the computers aren’t on the same network, you can copy files from one computer to another by using removable media, work on those files using the other computer, and then use Briefcase to sync the changes back to the original computer.

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

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How to Restore Default New Context Menu Items in Windows 10

The New context menu allows users to quickly create a new item in the current location.

The default New context menu items include to create a new Library, Folder, Shortcut, Bitmap image, Contact, Journal Document, Rich Text Document, Text Document, and Compressed (zipped) Folder.

This tutorial will restore the default New context menu items for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add a ‘Scan with Windows Defender’ Context Menu in Windows 10

Windows Defender helps protect your PC against malware (malicious software) like viruses, spyware, and other potentially unwanted software. Malware can infect your PC without your knowledge: it might install itself from an email message, when you connect to the Internet, or when you install certain apps using a USB flash drive, CD, DVD, or other removable media. Some malware can also be programmed to run at unexpected times, not only when it’s installed.

Windows Defender is included with Windows and helps keep malware from infecting your PC in two ways:

•Providing real-time protection. Windows Defender notifies you when malware tries to install itself or run on your PC. It also notifies you when apps try to change important settings.
•Providing anytime scanning options. Windows Defender automatically scans your PC for installed malware on a regular basis, but you can also start a scan whenever you want. Windows Defender automatically removes (or temporarily quarantines) anything that’s detected during a scan.

This tutorial will show you how to add a Scan with Windows Defender context menu for all users to be able to scan one or more files, folders, or drives on demand in Windows 10.

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

Windows Defender helps protect your PC against malware (malicious software) like viruses, spyware, and other potentially unwanted software. Malware can infect your PC without your knowledge: it might install itself from an email message, when you connect to the Internet, or when you install certain apps using a USB flash drive, CD, DVD, or other removable media. Some malware can also be programmed to run at unexpected times, not only when it’s installed.

Windows Defender is included with Windows and helps keep malware from infecting your PC in two ways:

•Providing real-time protection. Windows Defender notifies you when malware tries to install itself or run on your PC. It also notifies you when apps try to change important settings.
•Providing anytime scanning options. Windows Defender automatically scans your PC for installed malware on a regular basis, but you can also start a scan whenever you want. Windows Defender automatically removes (or temporarily quarantines) anything that’s detected during a scan.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a Windows Defender desktop context menu for all users to be able to quickly open, update, update and quick scan, quick scan, or full scan with Windows Defender in Windows 10.

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How to Add ‘Restart Explorer’ to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 10

The explorer.exe process is the user shell for Windows, and is used by such items as the desktop, File Explorer, Start menu, 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.

This tutorial will show you how to add ‘Restart Explorer’ to the desktop context menu of all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add Safe Mode to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 10

If you have a problem with your PC, you can troubleshoot by starting it in safe mode. Safe mode starts Windows with a minimal set of drivers and services. If a problem doesn’t reappear when you start your PC in safe mode, you can eliminate the default settings and basic device drivers and services as possible causes.

This tutorial will show you how to add a ‘Safe Mode’ cascading desktop context menu with options to restart in normal mode, safe mode, safe mode with networking, and safe mode with command prompt in Windows 10.

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How to Add a OneDrive Open or Close Context Menu in Windows 10

OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service where you can view, browse, upload, and share the files you saved online to OneDrive.

By default, OneDrive is set to start when you sign in to Windows to have all files in each folder you choose to sync in OneDrive on your PC is automatically kept in sync with your online OneDrive.

This tutorial will show you how to add a ‘Open/Close OneDrive’ desktop context menu that will allow users to quickly toggle to open and close OneDrive for syncing as needed in Windows 10. This can be handy if there are times you do not want OneDrive on your PC to sync until you open OneDrive next.

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How to Add or Remove ‘Pin to home’ on Context Menu in Windows 10

Home in Windows 10 contains the frequent folders and recent files that you have opened.

Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9879 introduces to be able to Pin to home and Unpin from home locations now. These locations include local and network folders, drives, libraries, OneDrive, This PC, Recycle Bin, etc…, but files and apps cannot be pinned to home.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove ‘Pin to home’ from the context menu for all users in Windows 10.

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Add ‘Toggle Start Menu/Screen’ to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 10

Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 with the Start screen from Windows 8 merged together as one.

Normally you would be able to check or uncheck to the Use the Start menu instead of the Start screen box in Taskbar and Start Menu Properties to toggle using them, but that method requires you to sign out and sign in to Windows 10 to apply.

This tutorial will show you how to add “Toggle Start Menu/Screen” to the desktop context menu of all users to either use the Start Menu or Start Screen instantly in Windows 10.

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How to Open Context Menu and Options Bar on Start Screen in Windows 8.1

The context menu or options bar for an app on the Start screen allows you to be able to Pin to Start, Unpin from Start, Pin to Taskbar, Unpin from Taskbar, Uninstall app, Resize tile on Start, or Turn live tile on/off on Start.

This tutorial will show you how to open the context menu or options bar for apps on the Start screen in both Start and Apps view in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update.

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