Tech Tip of the Week: Access and Customize Windows 7's Extended Context Menu

By on October 23, 2009, 5:11 AM
With Windows 7 pushed out to the masses, it's only a matter of time before the Web is flooded with all sorts of nifty tips and tricks as the inquisitive and tech savvy have their way with Microsoft's latest operating system. To get the ball rolling, we're going to show you how to access Windows 7's extended context menu, as well as how to edit, add, and remove items from it.

The context menu is nothing else but the options you get when right clicking on a file or folder. In Windows 7, some less popular options are left out and placed on the extended context menu, which is accessible by holding down shift when you right click on an item (shift + right-click).


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SilentJJ said:

This feature also works in Vista.

Captain828 Captain828 said:

lol, I didn't even knew this!

Thx for the tip!

compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Just ran across this great tip. This will definitely help out in getting rid of the extra cruft that builds up in the context menu. Thanks.

Guest said:

That's very nice, but I am looking for a way to customize the extended "send to" context menu. Neither ShellMenuView or ShellExView can do the trick.

I use keyboard shortcuts and "send to" a lot. Rightclicking with the keyboard is shift+F10, but unfortunately that's the same as shift rightclick so I am stuck with the extended "send to" (that I can't find out how to customize) when I want the normal "send to", that I can customize.

So: Does anybody know how to customize the extended "send to" or how to normal-rightclick with the keyboard, then you could make my life a lot easier.

Thanks ia advance.

Ole K

Guest said:

No function - "Once you open the program, you'll immediately be faced with dozens of entries " - where? , showed almost no

Leeky Leeky said:

I never even knew this, works a treat!

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Oh wow, that's really good. I'm the same, i never even knew.

Guest said:

I wanted to use this to delete unnecessary entries by WinRAR but couldn't find any on the list. In the end I opened WinRAR's options and found Context Menu extensions.

Guest said:

OMG I am a Microsoft Employee from last 4 years and never came across this Great tip #Shame

KeplerComputrix said:

The Send To menu can be edited by typing shell:sendto in the search bar and pressing enter. You can then place shortcuts to any file/folder/drive or even application.

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