This guide will show you how to add a bunch of helpful functionality to your Windows “right-click” menu.
Note: even though this guide was initially published back in 2008, it has been updated to be current in 2021 with support for Windows 10 etc.
By installing a small app named FileMenu Tools you can add a bunch of extra features to the “right-click” menu (also called the “Context Menu”) – such as “move to” and “copy to” – so you don’t have to cut/copy-paste or drag and drop files to move them.
FileMenu Tools is free, but you’ll need to fork over a bit of cash to unlock the ability to add custom commands or to use the tool on an unlimited number of files/folders (the free license only lets you use the context menu commands with up 20 files/folders). Give the free version a spin and if you notice that you need the extra features, (approx) $12 USD is small price to pay for a lot of time saved.
Here’s how to setup and use FileMenu Tools –
- Head over to the download page for FileMenu Tools and download the latest version. The installation is very straightforward – you’ll mostly just click “Next” a bunch of times. At the end of the installation, make sure to place a check in the box labeled Configure FileMenu Tools now
- This will bring up a window with several panels and a lot of items with check-boxes next to them. Minimize this window for a moment.
- Open a File Explorer window and right-click somewhere in the background. In your “right-click” menu you’ll see a new item – FileMenu Tools. Move your cursor over that new entry and you’ll see a slew of new options.
- Bring the FileMenu Tools configuration screen back up. Take a look through the list and see what interests you. If you aren’t sure what an item is, select it and a brief description is displayed in the Information panel.
- Go through the list and remove the check-marks from the items you don’t want or need (you can always make changes later).
- Click the green “check mark” (Apply) button located towards the upper-left corner of the window.
- Now right-click somewhere in a File Explorer window again. This time, only the items you left selected will be displayed.
- Another helpful feature in FileMenu Tools is the ability to edit the Send To part of your right-click menu. Select the “Send To…” Menu tab and from there you can remove the check-mark from the items you don’t need (ah-hem Fax Recipient).
- Now your Send To menu is a bit more tidy.
- If you want to boost your Windows right-click menu even more, you can edit the items found in the “New” part of the context menu as well, and we’ll show you how.