Best Free Context Menu Extensions list

 
Introduction

List of shell menu extensions or right-click context menu add-ons and editors.

A review for this software category has yet to be written.

Proposed editor: Kathryn

Proposed programs to review

Context Menu Additions (add new entries):
FileMenuTools - (reviewed) (another review) ** TOP PICK **
Open++ - (reviewed)
ContextMagic (free edition) - (reviewed)
Shock Bookmark - (reviewed)
CMenuExtender - (reviewed)
Shell Tools 
QwikTulz - (reviewed)

Context Menu Editors (manage previous entries):
Mmm free - (reviewed)
Context Menu Editor - (reviewed)
ShellExView - (reviewed)
ShellMenuView

 

Related Products and Links

The programs above add multiple functions to the context menu or allow you to edit the context menu.  The following are "One Trick Ponies", meaning they typically add a single function. These are mostly untested and will not be reviewed, but will be listed here for completeness.

"Send To" Enhancements

Send To Toys - An enhancement of the Send To context menu.
SendTo Commander - Organize and customize the Send To context menu.
Stupid Geek Tricks: Secret Items on the Windows 7 Send To Menu

File/Folder Tools

awxRename - A Windows shell extension to rename files and/or folders by using perl functions and regular expressions.
ClipName - A context menu extension copying the full pathname of the right-clicked file to the clipboard.
Open Command Prompt Shell Extension - Adds an "Open Command Prompt" menu item to the context menus to open a command prompt in the selected directory (or directories) or in the directory you are viewing.
Unlocker - Deletes locked files. See here for a list of other file deletion programs.
Link Shell Extension - A shell extension that provides for the creation of Hardlinks, Junctions, Volume Mountpoints, and Symbolic Links, and a Folder Cloning process that utilises Hardlinks or Symbolic Links.
StyleFolder- A shell extension that makes changing folder icons quick and easy.
HOBComment - A shell extension that allows users to instantly add a comment to files and folders.
CreateShortcutThere - Rightclick a file and select the contextmenu CreateShortcutThere... to choose where to place the shortcut.

 

 

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by brunetu on 10. February 2014 - 11:09  (114376)

How did I ever miss "FileMenu Tools" as a top pick!
By the way, the link to their website is no longer valid, it needs to be updated to point to the right path.
So does the link to the Shell Tools review.

Also, I'm not sure whether it fits into this category, and it hasn't been developed since 2008, but Fast Explorer is something that people shouldn't miss or forget when talking about customizing context menus in Windows Explorer. It allows you to hide elements which means less clutter and more speed.

by MidnightCowboy on 10. February 2014 - 11:24  (114377)

Thanks brunetu. I have updated the FileMenu Tools link but the external review page for Shell Tools no longer exists. The article needs a full update but this won't happen until someone volunteers to take it over. MC - Site Manager.

by Juxxize on 19. October 2012 - 12:42  (101054)

thank-you there are alot of good tools here, I suppose people forget all that can be done with right click and done quicker and easier.

by bigbro.51 on 16. October 2013 - 23:14  (111529)

I discovered a middle-click menu app,at http://foldermenu.sourceforge.net), which allows a person to populate a middle-click (wheel) menu with your favorite folders and apps. This is a great time saver when I work on puters. The exe file comes in a zip folder and when unpacked and executed does not install to the registry. So I placed the exe file in a folder I named "FolderMenu", and placed that folder in the "Program (x86)" directory where most apps install. I then create any shortcuts I need from it. I place a shortcut in the Win 7 All Users directory, so that it loads with Windows at start up. In my old XP machine I used a similar right-click context menu app called "FolderGuide", but it is not compatible with 64 bit machines. FolderMenu uses a drag & drop method to populate the list, and has a window to rename the shortcut. You can also rearrange the order by dragging the shortcut up and down the list. I open the folder I want to populate the list with and drag the little icon located on the left side of the folder's address bar into the options window of FolderMenu (works great). Drop shortcuts to your favorite apps in it too, in FolderMenu/options/files/programs.

by brunetu on 10. February 2014 - 10:45  (114375)

"Direct Folders" already does that and more.

by Tiesenhausen (not verified) on 27. May 2012 - 23:29  (94059)

So, PsychEroc, in 2009 there was a list? And now...? Seems like one of my projects.

I'm surprised no one wants to work on this class of programs, because they're important. A plug for DefaultProgramsEditor, just installed on my new Windows 7 computer and now on my XP SP3 netbook. Where has it been all my life, while I've been struggling with Microsoft's Folder Options, File Types? DPE makes it easy and straightforward to change any element of a file type's setup, such as setting different programs for open, edit, and print.

A program like this is essential with Windows 7, which no longer has the File Types routine.

I'd still like to have a professional evaluation of this program and others in the same class. This is the first time Gizmo hasn't provided me with a survey of the state of the art before I download a program.

Still hoping,

Tiesenhausen

by Kaiz (not verified) on 21. September 2011 - 3:31  (79989)

how about Right Click Enhancer ?

by davy on 5. November 2011 - 9:46  (82751)

Thats what I use and love it,very versatile.Great for sending photos and files Iv downloaded from web ect to the correct folder.

by StabWound (not verified) on 26. May 2011 - 2:29  (72687)

This topic still alive?

I need to do something but can't figure out how.

I have lots of MP3 albums. I have artwork for them in a different folder and need a very simply function on my context menu;

The original cover file is named with information that I do not want to loose so I need to create a copy of that file and rename the copy to "Cover".

Step 1: Copy the cover file into the Album folder. (This is done manually, no need for any automation in this step)

Step 2: By Right-clicking on it, it automatically copies and renames itself to "Cover".

So then in the Album folder I have; The original cover file plus the new version of that file renamed to "Cover".

Is there any way to achieve this with any of the tools a named above?

Many thanks in advance.

by MidnightCowboy on 26. May 2011 - 6:35  (72694)

You will need to post this query in our forum which is the correct place to receive individual support. There it will receive much greater coverage, you will be guaranteed a response, and the answer will remain on view for the benefit of others instead of becoming buried here in the comments.

by Cda (not verified) on 22. January 2011 - 5:32  (64980)

FileMenuTools became a favorite of mine when checked all of these apps.

Just one question...All of these doesn't allow to work with any other menus than Windows Explorer, My computer & My desktop context menus.

Will we see examples of software that also can handle the context menu in Internet Explorer as well?

Would be awesome to find one really good universal editor that can work with both.

Thanks

by Anonymous343433 (not verified) on 10. October 2010 - 4:38  (59337)

nothing new here lately?

am wondering why there doesn't seem to be a program that does a good job of both adding and deleting entries to the right-click menu...

by Anonymous on 25. March 2010 - 19:15  (46213)

how about Right Click Extender?

by Anupam on 25. March 2010 - 18:41  (46209)

Came across another one : MenuMaid

by Anonymous on 17. February 2010 - 23:15  (43848)

Another "one trick pony", but a good one;

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/Select-All.shtml

Adds "Select all" to explorer context menu, also allows one to invert selections.

by Anonymous on 25. March 2010 - 18:32  (46208)

ctrl-a

by Anonymous on 7. January 2010 - 0:52  (40436)

For those of you looking for a free program mainly to remove stuff from the right click context menu try: http://www.glaryutilities.com/gu.html.

Once you install and run it, click on Optimize & Improve and then click on Context Menu Manager. Then just scroll down and uncheck whatever you don't want appearing. Simple and logical the way it should be. The utility does tonnes of other stuff as well.

by Anonymous on 14. November 2009 - 19:42  (36627)

So this is only Explorer context menu? I was actually hoping to find here something for Firefox...

by OpenZero on 16. November 2009 - 15:15  (36726)
by Anupam on 14. November 2009 - 11:05  (36602)

One more is Moo0 RightClicker available from www.moo0.com

Anupam

by Anonymous on 14. August 2009 - 17:07  (27096)

Filenote

Right click on any file and create a plain text file with the same file name.

http://download.cnet.com/FileNote/3000-2094_4-10019651.html

by Anonymous on 8. November 2009 - 5:16  (36207)

Yes, but doesn't work under Windows 7. They no longer work on the development.

by Anonymous on 9. July 2009 - 12:56  (24826)

What about Piky Basket 2.0 (last freeware version). It's really good.

by PsychEroc on 9. June 2009 - 3:52  (23381)

Added links to reviews and made 2 subgroups:
Context Menu Additions add new functions to Explorer's right-click context menu.
Context Menu Editors/Managers allow you to delete (and sometimes move) previously installed entries in the context menu.

by peter on 9. June 2009 - 6:32  (23382)

Great work.

by Mike Connor on 4. June 2009 - 9:07  (23036)

Tried "Context Menu Editor". Using XP-Pro SP3. Does not show context menu entries properly.

Tried "moo", crashed explorer when "Duplicate Window" was used, this might well be a conflict with QTTABBAR.

Still have not found a suitable context menu editor. I suppose I will just go back to editing the registry! :)

Regards.....

Mike Connor

EDIT: Tried "Fast Explorer" site gives a WOT warning!

by peter on 4. June 2009 - 9:12  (23037)

An Xp-based article explaining the technique with lots of examples would be attractive.
Curiously, on my system, WOT says green to our "Fast Explorer" link.

by Mike Connor on 4. June 2009 - 9:27  (23038)

Just tried the Moon software as well; "Shell Tools",

works fine, but is not what I am looking for. I don't usually want to add anything to the context menu, I usually want to get rid of stuff that various programs put in there!

I have used "File menu Tools" from Lopesoft before, but it is pretty huge ( 7.3 MB ) and has a lot of stuff I don't want. I only want to edit the context menu!

Will see about an article.

Regards.....

Mike Connor

by Anonymous on 5. June 2009 - 20:48  (23124)

If your so picky maybe you ought to write the program yourself.

by PsychEroc on 4. June 2009 - 16:03  (23060)

In addition to the ones I mention in the comment directly below,
FastExplorer may also do what you want, at least this review seems to suggest so: http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/windows/Fast-Explorer-Review-49759.shtml
I also found no WOT problem.

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