Applications that you install on your Windows PC may add context menu items of their own to Windows Explorer.
The menu can get quite complex because of this, and when you check the menu of a PC that has been up for a year or more, you usually find lots of additional entries there.
Sometimes, you may want to add entries of your own to the menu to optimize your workflow, or add commands to it that you use often.
A fairly simply example is the "open command prompt here" item, which opens Windows' Command Line and sets the selected folder to the folder that is displayed there.
Easy Context Menu is a free portable program for the Windows operating system that provides you with options to add custom commands to the Windows Explorer context menu.
When you first start the program you see the list of available commands and the context menus they are associated with. As you may know, the context menu changes depending on the type of item you display it on. A right-click on a file displays a different menu than a right-click on a folder for example.
You can enable or disable items with a click on the item's checkbox in the program interface.
Note: The changes do not become available immediately. You need to click on the apply button instead before that happens.
As far as options go, there are a couple of interesting ones which I'd like to mention briefly to give you a better understanding of what the program has to offer:
As far as customizations are concerned, there are two that make a huge difference. The first enables you to select the location of the selected context menu item in the context menu. You can have it displayed at the top, in the middle, or at the bottom of it.
What may be even more interesting is the Shift-Click option. If enabled, it will only display the selected items when you hold down the Shift-key before you right-click. This can be very useful to reduce the number of items displayed by the context menu at the same time.
The third customization option allows you to hide or display icons for the selected entries in Windows Explorer. Icons are enabled by default for all items.
To make those modifications, right-click the selected item and select the appropriate option in the Easy Context Menu interface.
Multiple items can be selected at once to add them all in a single operation to the context menu.
The program comes with its own restore feature that you can use to remove all changes that you have made to Windows Explorer again.
I'd recommend you create a System Restore point before you make any modifications though, just to be on the safe side of things.
If you are looking for an easy way to add often used commands and links to Windows Explorer, then you find Easy Context Menu suitable for that task.
The program is easy to use and portable, and leaves little to be desired.
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