3 More Tools to Customize the Right Click Menu (Windows)

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Who doesn’t love a shortcut? Thanks to the guy who programmed in the right click menu, we get to take some of them while working or browsing on the computer. Here at MakeUseOf we have looked at some of the ways to add more power to the right click menu.

Earlier we have looked at ways to customize the right click menu on your own or use the free ‘Mmm’ to do it for you.  We have also looked at ways to add & remove entries from right click context menu. But here I am back again looking at three more ways to customize my right click menu give it a booster shot.

Folder Guide

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As the name says, navigating through the folders and directories of your hard-drive with the right click becomes easier with this freeware. Use Folder Guide to tweak your right click menu and set up your frequently used folders and access them. Also, you can set up some separators to categorize the Folder Guide entries.

Of course, you can set it up through manual additions in the send to folder too but ‘Folder Guide’ just does it a bit more neatly saving you some clicks.

Access the ‘Folder Guide’ menu by right clicking on file, folder background, Windows Explorer, Open/Save dialog boxes, Desktop, or Start Button. Add your favorite folders, sort them in your own order, arrange them with separators and you’ll have quick access at the click of a right button. With a small imprint of just 1.6 MB, Folder Guide is worth a try.

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Moo0 RightClicker

Nope, cows don’t take shortcuts. Moo0 RightClicker is just a handy set of improvements for our right click menus. The 4.2 MB free right click menu editor has a free version and a more feature laden paid counterpart. The free version is a good help as it gives the right click menu some useful add-ons and also allows the user to manage the ones already there.

The program opens with a notice mentioning a bug in Win XP which causes CPU utilization to spike to 100% temporarily (though, I did not catch any…) under certain usage conditions. It gives the option to turn off some ‘Effects’ in Display Properties. The functions are simple to understand. The free version gives two interface options – Simple and Basic.

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Here’s a feature list –

  • Copy and move files and folders to bookmarked or standard system folders. Bookmarking often used folders is a nice touch.
  • Intelligent copying – using the name, path, or contents of an actual file.
  • Sort folder contents by numerous attributes.
  • Create a duplicate window. (Access it from the File menu of a folder)
  • Preview images.
  • Arrange neatly with quick-collapsing menus.
  • Delete items permanently bypassing the recycle bin.

Moo0 doesn’t remove any of your earlier customizations but lets you add some more. So it integrates the earlier shell entries you might have made. Un-installation is also safe. The only thing I wish is that could have given me a bit more choice against its default lime green color.

FileMenu Tools

The powerhouse for the last mention. FileMenu Tools goes further than the previous two mentioned. It takes the context menu out of the box and literally makes it a file manager. It allows you to either clean up the clutter or throw in a few more options for handling files and folders. Over and above, add your own choice of programs, folders and paths. Also, add your own icons and names through the properties dialog.

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Do more with features like –

  • Configure built in commands or add customized commands according to the file types you right click on.
  • Configure the ‘Send to Menu’ within the FileMenu program.
  • A very handy advanced renamer lets you batch rename all files in a folder.
  • Synchronize two folders from within Windows Explorer.
  • Split-join files and also compresses the parts.
  • Find or replace a text for all the files that a selected folder contains.
  • Delete only files of a specific type. For example, delete only the ‘.log’ files from the temporary folder.
  • Mark locked files (files which are being used by other programs) for deletion with the next system boot.
  • Securely shred your files and make them unrecoverable.
  • Get a view of folder size through a pie chart.
  • Send selected contents as email attachments.
  • Add separators and demarcate your right click shortcuts.

These are just some of the utilities packaged inside FileMenu Tools. The greatest advantage beyond the ease of configuration is that the software bundles a lot of disparate utilities in an accessible collection. At an installed size of 6.4 MB and a freeware it’s click worthy.

The choice of decking up your right click menu depends on the kind of power you want to give it. But it’s a certainty that you will be spoilt for choice with the free software available.

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venkat

yes nice collection ,customization of right click menu with these tools will make life much more easier for PC users.

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The Windows Fix

Windows needs to build in Right-Click customization. Make it much easier that is.

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Joseph

very very useful posting, thanks Saikat. Also, check-out: transfz.com
more of a context menu than -right-click- menu per say but still a fav for me.

@’The Windows Fix’ i so agree

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d0d4

go here:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx
and checkout the “Image re-sizer power-tool”. it’s item for the right-click menu.

very handy to make them multi mega-pixel shots small enough for emails and websites.

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Nick Stang

Just don’t forget that the more stuff you pile into this context menu, the less responsive your right click context menu is to display. I’ve found this to be very frustrating when a shareware program adds an entry to my context menu only to have it drastically increase the time it takes for the context menu to appear.

Saikat

Yes, that is true for all programs that enter the registry. But to be fair I did not notice any noticeable change when I use it. I use FileMenu tools but I just enable the entries I want…not all of them.

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bryce

In reality, the only two commands that I’ve ever needed were a “copy to” and a “move to,” both of which can easily be implemented by simply firing up the program regseeker and checking the boxes in its tweak section. No need for a program, regseeker is a zip file and can be deleted right after you do it. I’m sure that TweakUI works plenty well for basics like this, too.

Saikat

In fact you don’t need to use regseeker for this. It’s just two simple registry fixes. Just Google it for the exact syntax.

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kenny

Wow dude, those are some rockin apps man!

kenny
apps.jooopa.net

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Smakked

Hmm yet another rip from a linux system .

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