Nirsoft's NirExt adds options to Windows Explorer
NirExt is an old application by NirSoft that adds three new context menu options to Windows' default file manager Explorer (Windows Explorer or File Explorer).
Just download the application from the Nirsoft website and run it with elevated rights after you extracted the archive to the system using a program like Bandizip or the built-in unzipper of Windows.
It is necessary to run it with administrative privileges as you will get an error message otherwise as elevated rights are required to manipulate the context menu of Explorer.
NirExt displays the options in the interface on launch. You may use the selection menu to add one, some or all context menu entries to Explorer, or remove all of them again.
The following three options are provided:
- Folder Properties to change folder icons and folder hover text.
- Advanced Run to use command line parameters and specify other run parameters.
- Create Shortcut+ to create a shortcut and place it in a preset location.
Right-click on any folder in Explorer and select Folder Properties from the context menu to display the dialog that you see on the screenshot above.
You may assign an icon to the folder and add a comment. Click on "select icon" to open a browse menu.
NirExt displays executable file types by default and the icons they contain. Select "files of type" to change the filter options to icon files or all files.
Once you have found an icon make sure it is selected and hit open to make it the new default icon for the folder. The new icon is displayed right away in Explorer.
The tool includes an option to remove all folder properties again.
Right-click on any executable file and select Advanced Run from the context menu to use the tool.
Add command line parameters to the start of the program; you may configure the following options next to that:
- Start in Folder
- Window status, e.g. normal window or fullscreen.
- Priority of the process, e.g. normal priority or real-time priority.
Right-click on any file on the system and select "Create Shortcut+" to display the advanced shortcut menu.
The menu offers several advantages over Windows' native shortcut functionality:
- You may specify command line options and start in folder preference.
- You may add a comment.
- You can change the shortcut name.
- The shortcut may be placed in various locations, e.g. on the Desktop or in the Start Menu.
Closing Words and verdict
NirExt adds three handy advanced options to the Explorer context menu; administrators may select the options so that those that are not needed are not added to the menu.
All three give users more options when it comes to interacting with files or folders; they make life easier, and while one could argue that they are not really needed, they may speed things up for users who make use of them regularly.
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