Power up Win­dows’ con­text menu and trans­form your PC

Your guide Cat El­lis says… Make the right-click menu work for you by adding bril­liant new tools and op­tions, and re­mov­ing the ones you never use

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The Win­dows con­text menu, which ap­pears when you right-click a file or folder, is packed with handy tools. Not only can you open, copy or delete a file or folder us­ing it, you can also use it to pin items to the Taskbar for quick ac­cess, scan them for viruses with Win­dows De­fender (very use­ful if it’s some­thing you’ve just down­loaded), or cre­ate a handy short­cut.

The con­text menu is ca­pa­ble of so much more, though. With a few ex­tra pro­grams, you can trans­form this hum­ble list into a pow­er­ful re­source that will save you time and make ev­ery­day tasks ef­fort­less.

You can cus­tomise the Win­dows tools avail­able when you right-click a file, mak­ing it eas­ier to power down your PC, change prop­er­ties, or empty the Re­cy­cle Bin. Al­ter­na­tively, If your con­text menu is clut­tered, there’s an easy way to get it un­der con­trol so it only shows the op­tions you use.

Cat’s best tip! If you’re feel­ing brave, you can edit the con­text menu via Win­dows’ Reg­istry ed­i­tor. See http://bit.ly/1MSuBoT

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