Ramblings of an old Doc

The external link is a really useful explanation of how to add some power to the W10 context (right click) menu by Brady Gavin at How to Geek.

I won't waste your time with copying exactly how to do a registry edit, but I will reproduce the universal warning about editing the Windows registry:

"The Registry Editor is a powerful tool and, if it’s misused, it can render your system unstable or even inoperable."

A useful link: https://www.howtogeek.com/school/using-windows-admin-tools-like-a-pro/lesson5/

and three more: 

1. How to backup your registry: https://www.howtogeek.com/197785/how-to-backup-and-restore-the-windows-registry/

2. How to backup your computer: https://www.howtogeek.com/242428/whats-the-best-way-to-back-up-my-computer/

3. How to create a system restore point: https://www.howtogeek.com/237230/how-to-enable-system-restore-and-repair-system-problems-on-windows-10/

 

If you're afraid to do this by yourself, Brady Gavin has supplied two registry hack scripts to do all that editing...

"If you’d rather not edit the registry yourself, you can download our Add Move to/Copy to registry hack. Just open the ZIP file, double-click either “AddMoveTo.reg” or “AddCopyTo.reg,” and then click “Yes” to add the information to your registry." - Brady Gavin

However, do your backups and create a restore point before using the scripts (REG files).

 

And, have a great weekend!   


Comments
on Feb 15, 2020

Thanks Doc for a really useful regedit!!!  

on Feb 15, 2020

For those who do not fancy the idea of registry edits, there is a program that adds move and copy [and a heck of a lot more] the the right click context menu.  It is called Right Click Enhancer and is available here at Majorgeeks.

It is also available at the Microsoft Store and various other software sites such as SoftPedia, Cnet and Tucows.  It is free to use for personal use and there is a pro version with extra features for under 10 bucks.  There's also a Business Edition for 20 bucks and allows to be installed on 2 PCs and 1 laptop.  I use the free version which suits my needs okay, but 10 bucks isn't a lot to spend for what is really handy software.

Hope this is useful to those who need a handy right click tool.  

on Feb 15, 2020

Looks good, Mark! Thanks for adding it to the thread. I'd be careful of multiple simultaneous changes though, as all those check boxes are in fact, scripts for regedits. I'd definitely recommend doing the backups and creating a restore point before using it, especially for multiple simultaneous changes.

on Feb 15, 2020

Been using that registry edit for years, works perfectly.

on Feb 15, 2020

LightStar

Been using that registry edit for years, works perfectly.

Me too

on Feb 15, 2020

DrJBHL

I'd be careful of multiple simultaneous changes though, as all those check boxes are in fact, scripts for regedits.

Yes, they are, but far easier to use than having to do the regedits manually.  Perhaps  I should have been clearer and mentioned 'for those unsure about manually performing registry edits'.

on Feb 15, 2020

IF you are using Windows 10 ala Microsoft, ribbon and all, the option lives natively in the ribbon.

 

Just a little tidbit.

on Feb 15, 2020

LightStar

Been using that registry edit for years, works perfectly.
Ditto. Not sure where I got them, but I have clickable .reg files to easily add the registry edits.

on Feb 15, 2020

RedneckDude

IF you are using Windows 10 ala Microsoft, ribbon and all, the option lives natively in the ribbon.

 

Just a little tidbit.

Yeah, but when one has been using the Windows option in right click for several years, having 'move, copy' up there in the ribbon is a total pain in the ass.  Besides, if one is working on something in the lower part of the screen, and it is a large screen [ala 36" like mine], it's more convenient in right click menu than all the way up there on the ribbon.

Just my tuppence worth.    

on Feb 15, 2020

Agreed.

on Feb 16, 2020

LightStar

Been using that registry edit for years, works perfectly.
OK I kind of disagree with this statement. If you do your backups and all. You could always do a system restore if something goes wrong. This is a powerful tool that if you screw it up your programs won't work. You probably shouldn't make it sound easy, preesy. I dont know how to use,so I don't. I would recommend being careful when using it.

on Feb 16, 2020

 

 

admiralWillyWilber

OK I kind of disagree with this statement. If you do your backups and all. You could always do a system restore if something goes wrong. This is a powerful tool that if you screw it up your programs won't work. You probably shouldn't make it sound easy, preesy. I dont know how to use,so I don't. I would recommend being careful when using it.

HENCE:


I won't waste your time with copying exactly how to do a registry edit, but I will reproduce the universal warning about editing the Windows registry:

"The Registry Editor is a powerful tool and, if it’s misused, it can render your system unstable or even inoperable."

on Feb 16, 2020

admiralWillyWilber


Quoting LightStar,

Been using that registry edit for years, works perfectly.

OK I kind of disagree with this statement. If you do your backups and all. You could always do a system restore if something goes wrong. This is a powerful tool that if you screw it up your programs won't work. You probably shouldn't make it sound easy, preesy. I dont know how to use,so I don't. I would recommend being careful when using it.

 

It is easy you just click on them and it adds them to your right click menu. I have been using these reg edits since Vista on multiple computers. Yes if you don't know what your doing I suggest making a backup. 

You have to remember it's adding to the registry and not changing anything currently there. 

on Feb 16, 2020

Actually I use a reg file to restore the Win 7 Photo Viewer. It's still there in 10 you just have to turn it on. I don't like using the Win 10 app.

 

https://www.winhelponline.com/blog/restore-windows-photo-viewer-windows-10/