Did You Know You Could Customize The Windows Context Menu? Organize It With Right Click Enhancer

Feature Image1   Did You Know You Could Customize The Windows Context Menu? Organize It With Right Click EnhancerHave you ever wondered if there could be more to the Windows context menu, also known as right-click menu? It has a dedicated key on every keyboard, yet are we really using it to it’s full potential? Perhaps one of the reasons you don’t use it, is because it’s clogged up with a bunch of program entries from software that you’ve installed on your computer over the years.

Now technically, you don’t need a program to remove context entries, but if you want to extend your context menu beyond the defaults that Microsoft has limited it at, I recommend taking a look at Right Click Enhancer – I think you’ll be impressed.

Before You Go And Download It…

Not to start off on a negative note with Right Click Enhancer, but I want to point out one downfall that it has, and that is the installation process of the free version – you need to be aware of the crapware that “comes” along with it.

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Like most free programs, Right Click Enhancer includes some additional programs – so what’s wrong with that? Nothing – and as I said in an article about installing free software without the junk, programs that have additional software included in the installation aren’t bad programs, they just need a way to justify being free.

However, when installing the free version, I experienced three prompts (two of which were for the same program) to install crapware – it’s the persistency that I didn’t like about the installation. Right Click Enhancer, itself, isn’t sketchy at all, though.

Another option you might try is downloading the professional trial version – perhaps you’ll decide you like it even better and will put up the $10 to support the company and buy it.

What Right Click Enhancer Can Do For You

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Right Click Enhancer has a nice clean interface making it easy to see all the tools, which include a short description of what they can do. To the right of each tool, you see a blue book – this is the “help” window for each item. It includes an introduction describing in full what the tool does, as well as all of the tool’s functions.

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The top tool bar of the Right Click Enhancer’s main window provides a Registration link, should you want to purchase it online or fill in the registration code, and Options link where you can toggle the programs update notifications, and a Help menu, which provides the programs help manual, as well as an online support link.

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Many of the tools also have an Export function, which allows you to keep the same settings should you move to a new computer. The alternative? Moving Registry files – I’d stick with Right Click Enhancer’s exporter. The only downfall is that there isn’t a “bulk exporter” of any kind – you have to manually go to each tool and export the settings, but that’s still easier than tinkering with the Windows Registry Editor.

Another neat feature that Right Click Enhancer has is the ability to be portable.

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Right Click Tweaker

Right Click Tweaker   Did You Know You Could Customize The Windows Context Menu? Organize It With Right Click Enhancer

The Right Click Tweak has 16 different functions that you can add to the right click menu. These various options can help you complete daily PC tasks easier and quicker. I’ll briefly list and describe each function.

  • Verify files: Verifies files’ integrity using SFV files.
  • Encrypt: Encrypts file or folder, preventing access by other users.
  • Copy Content: Copies content of text files directly to clipboard
  • Smart Renamer: Renames multiple files with several file-specific features
  • Open Command Prompt as Admin: Opens command prompt with admin privileges on a selected folder.
  • Copy To/Move To: select location to copy/move file using dialog.
  • Calculate hash: Verifies file integrity by calculating hash functions.
  • Edit with Notepad: Opens any file in Notepad
  • Problem Steps Recorder: Quickly open the Problem Steps Recorder included in new versions of Windows.
  • Control Panel: Quickly access the Control Panel
  • System Configuration Utility: Quickly access the System Configuration Utility
  • Print file list/Create file list: Print or create file list directly from context menu
  • Take Ownership: Gives you direct read/write access to file and bypasses the UAC, while forcing others to go through UAC for access.
  • God Mode: view all Windows configuration options in one window.

Right Click Editor

Right Click Editor   Did You Know You Could Customize The Windows Context Menu? Organize It With Right Click Enhancer

The Right Click Editor allows you to remove and/or disable entries in the context menu. These include the defaults that were added by Windows, as well as additional entries added by different programs. Some examples of these might be Malwarebytes’ “Scan with Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware” entry, or Picasa’s “Upload to Web Albums”.

You can toggle between the menu commands and shell extensions, by clicking the large “Switch to…” button on the top left corner.

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File Types Editor

File Types Editor   Did You Know You Could Customize The Windows Context Menu? Organize It With Right Click Enhancer

The File Types Editor allows you to change which file types are associated with a program’s extension in the context menu. For instance, if you no longer want VLC Media Player to play the .MPG file format, and instead want PotPlayer, you can make that change within the context menu. Now, this doesn’t change the Windows defaults – for that you will need to go to the Control Panel > Default Programs > Set your default programs.

The File Types Editor has buttons to edit the file types, remove the extension from the context menu or export it. There are also functions to add, edit, remove and export commands. In addition, these two sections of buttons can be moved around the window to your liking.

Right Click Shortcuts Creator

Right Click Shortcuts Creator allows you to add new folders, files and application shortcuts directly to the context menu. This is very useful if you are trying to keep your desktop clean and tidy, but don’t want to go out of your way to access certain applications that you use on a regular basis. This is probably one of the most useful functions of Right Click Enhancer.

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You can see in the example above, that I’ve added a folder called “Common Apps” and then added shortcuts underneath the folder, to keep the context menu from being overrun with entries. Below is what it looks like when in use.

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Send To Manager

Send To Manager   Did You Know You Could Customize The Windows Context Menu? Organize It With Right Click Enhancer

The Send To Manager is another useful function, and as you might expect, it allows you to manage the Send To submenu in the context menu. From here you can add new files and folders to send to (or delete them if you’d like). For instance, Google Drive didn’t have an entry in the Send To menu, so using Send To Manager, I added one.

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Another use might be folders that your always adding files to. By adding the folder to the Send To menu, you no longer have to open it when copying files into it.

Right Click Editor IE

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If you’re an avid Internet Explorer user, this feature might appeal to you. If your context menu in IE is getting cluttered, you might want to manage it with this tool. It’s pretty handy.

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New Menu Editor

New Menu Editor   Did You Know You Could Customize The Windows Context Menu? Organize It With Right Click Enhancer

New Menu Editor allows you to add and remove entries in the context menu’s submenu “New”. This is useful if there’s not a file type in there by default, but one that you regularly create new ones of.

Smart Renamer

Smart Renamer   Did You Know You Could Customize The Windows Context Menu? Organize It With Right Click Enhancer

The Smart Renamer function, was previously touched upon when talking about Right Click Tweaker, which you can use to add a Smart Renamer entry to the context menu. Smart Renamer is simply a tool that allows you to rename multiple files using various file attributes, such as modification date, size, and tags associated with media files.

SmartSFV

SmartSFV   Did You Know You Could Customize The Windows Context Menu? Organize It With Right Click Enhancer

SFV, simple file verification, is a file format used to verify that a file has not been corrupted. However, it doesn’t verify the file’s authenticity. SmartSFV verifies the SFV files that come with your downloaded files. You can also use it to create SFV files.

Pro Vs. Free – Is It Worth It?

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There are two functions you don’t get with the free version: Right Click Shortcut Creator (adding submenus, and reordering and adding app, file, and folder shortcuts to context menu) and Right Click Editor (removing and disabling context menu entries).

So is the Professional version worth it? For $10, I say so – the features you get are great and the program provides all the information you need to easily use each tool.

Conclusion

In closing, I’d like to remind you that this was just an overview of Right Click Enhancer. To better understand each function, take a look at each tool’s manual to see all the information in using it.

Have you used a context menu editor before? If so, which one? If you have used Right Click Enhancer, we’d love to hear your personal feedback as to what you thought of it.

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15 Comments -

SH

“…It has a dedicated key on every keyboard,…” except for my Lenovo X1 Carbon. It’s the only thing about the X1 keyboard that I miss, and it took me weeks to learn not to hit the PrtSc key, which is where the right click menu key should be.

Aaron Couch

What?! That computer costs $1000+ and it doesn’t have a standard key? Bummer.

Well… I guess I was just implying common sense… apparently Lenovo didn’t think that was very important.

While we’re on the topic of complaining about Lenovo keyboards, my Z400 has the Function (F) keys set as the Second Function (Fn) keys instead. Therefore, in place of them as primary function are keys that control things like screen dimming and volume. And RIGHT between the “volume up” and “refresh” keys is the “X” key… which force closes the program you’re in. Probably the most annoying thing that happens to me on a daily basis is going to hit the either one of those very popular keys, and hitting the “X” instead. Terrible design… yet no Play/Pause media key…

AHEM! Sorry for the off topic comment.

–End of rant–

Alan W

First thing I do after a Windows Upgrade or Reinstall is customize my right click context menu but I do it manually. I even shortcut to MUO in the context menu.

1hegame

Whatever. My old File Menu Tools are better.

Karl K

You forgot one BIG thing in your review of “Right-Click Enhancer”! The PAID version of the “Professional” version DOES NOT WORK ON 64-bit OPERATING SYSTEMS! I’ve tried to install it on Win7 Professional Home edition (X64) and on Win7 Professional (X64), laptop and floortop computers respectively, and get the same message (from the software itself) that “This version of RightClick Enhancer is not compatible with the operating system of this computer. You need a 64-bit version of the program.” (or words to that effect).

I’ve sent a note to the support department asking for a 64-bit version, but so far, no response. It looks like I’ve blown $10 for nothing!

Sigh….

Aaron C

Karl,

I have 64-bit and didn’t have any problems. If you don’t hear back from their support team, let me know here in the comments.

Thanks.

Ravi Patel

I’m the developer of Right Click Enhancer and as Aron said it works on 64 bit. You should have corrupted download which happens for other users because of lots of traffic. Please try again with other links i sent you. I myself use this on Windows 8 and Windows 7 64 bit.

Karl K

Thanks to Ravi Patel’s EXCELLENT “customer service”, I now have an up-and-running ‘Right Click Enhancer Pro’ AND I’ve been able to register it just fine!

This is one heck of a powerful amendment to the right-click context menu and I recommend it HIGHLY!

Ravi P was perfect (and patient) in handling my problem. Only if more software companies were as supportive (are you listening Microsoft?)!

Thanks, Ravi, for a fine product and superb support!

Karl K.

Aaron C

Thanks for sharing your experiences Karl! I’m sure Ravi likes hearing that and I, personally, enjoy hearing good customer service stories as well.

Max

What is that “God Mode” option in your context menu? Looks fancy.

Aaron C

Max,

As stated in the article, God Mode displays all Windows configuration options in a single window.

Max

Sorry, I missed that. Thanks!

Aaron C

No worries Max. :) Thanks for reading and commenting!

Jeremy G

Thanks for your awesome review, and thanks for those people who commented. This looks to be exactly what I have been searching for – stupid me, I forgot to come here directly – so I reckon I’ll be buying it straight off the bat. If I end up not liking it, well, my money can support development either way.

UrsuPorno

Even with your guide I still find the program impossible to use. It is not user friendly. I got lost after the first 10 seconds.

I think they would have more success if a more simple version would be available.

Guess I won’t be modifying my right click menu.