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    Add Attributes context menu in Windows 10

    How to Add a File Attributes context menu in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Customization
    02 May 2021
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Add a File Attributes context menu in Windows 10


    File attributes are metadata associated with computer files that define file system behavior. Each attribute can have one of two states: set and cleared. Attributes are considered distinct from other metadata, such as dates and times, filename extensions or file system permissions. In addition to files, folders, volumes and other file system objects may have attributes.

    This tutorial will show you how to add an Attributes context menu to quickly display or set and clear the file attributes below for files and folders in Windows 10.

    While you must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove the context menu, all users are able to use it.

    The Attributes context menu will not set or clear attributes of files or folders that you are not the owner of.

    File Attributes Symbol Description
    Read-only R The file is read-only.
    Archive A The file is a candidate for backup or removal.
    System S The file is a system file. That is, the file is part of the operating system or is used exclusively by the operating system.
    Hidden H The file is hidden, and thus is not included in an ordinary directory listing unless you have Windows set to show hidden (faded) files, folders, and drives.
    Not content indexed I To not allow files to have contents indexed in addition to file properties.

    When you use the "Display attributes..." context menu item, it will display all attributes of the file or folder like below.
    Add Attributes context menu in Windows 10-attributes.png


    EXAMPLE: Attributes context menu
    Add Attributes context menu in Windows 10-file_attributes_context_menu.jpg Add Attributes context menu in Windows 10-folder_attributes_context_menu.jpg



    Here's How:

    1 Do step 2 (add right click), step 3 (add Shift + right click), or step 4 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


    2 To Add Right Click "Attributes" Context Menu

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Add_Attributes_context_menu.reg

    Download


    3 To Add Shift + Right Click "Attributes" Context Menu

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Add_Shift+_Attributes_context_menu.reg

    Download


    4 To Remove "Attributes" Context Menu

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Remove_Attributes_context_menu.reg

    Download


    5 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn





  1. Posts : 462
    Win7 Pro X64, Win10 Pro x640
       #1

    To make the attributes context menu entry show up when depressing shift + right-click the mouse, I would add an Extended String to the [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\Attributes] and [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Attributes] Keys, correct?
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  2. Posts : 61,516
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    bamajon1974 said:
    To make the attributes context menu entry show up when depressing shift + right-click the mouse, I would add an Extended String to the [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\Attributes] and [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Attributes] Keys, correct?
    Correct.

    I've updated the tutorial to add a ready made .reg file for you for this to help.
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  3. Posts : 462
    Win7 Pro X64, Win10 Pro x640
       #3

    Thank you. Does this registry tweak introduce any additional functionality not present in the attributes portion of the properties of file/folder?
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  4. Posts : 61,516
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    You're most welcome.

    Nothing additional was added other than just having the Shift + right click option using the "Extended" string value.
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  5. Posts : 462
    Win7 Pro X64, Win10 Pro x640
       #5

    I'm sorry, I should clarify my question. For all of the options to display, clear and set read-only, hidden, indexed, and archive attributes afforded by the context menu entry above, are these functions duplicated when you right click a file/folder, select Properties, and General tab? It seems like the context menu entry does more than what you can do with just a right click, but I might be mistake. I only ask because I am trying to avoid duplication and unnecessary menu bloat. Thanks!
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  6. Posts : 61,516
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    bamajon1974 said:
    I'm sorry, I should clarify my question. For all of the options to display, clear and set read-only, hidden, indexed, and archive attributes afforded by the context menu entry above, are these functions duplicated when you right click a file/folder, select Properties, and General tab? It seems like the context menu entry does more than what you can do with just a right click, but I might be mistake. I only ask because I am trying to avoid duplication and unnecessary menu bloat. Thanks!

    Correct. This context menu has a lot more options available for setting attributes than from the usual properties page method.

    It just depends on what you need.
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  7. Posts : 462
    Win7 Pro X64, Win10 Pro x640
       #7

    Excellent! Thank you!
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  8. Posts : 61,516
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #8

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  9. Posts : 231
    Pro 20H2
       #9

    In file Add_Attributes_context_menu.reg, you used terminology "subfiles"; probably unintentionally?
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