History - Add to Context Menu in Windows 10  

    History - Add to Context Menu in Windows 10

    History - Add to Context Menu in Windows 10

    How to Add History to Context Menu in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Customization
    02 Jun 2020
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Add History to Context Menu in Windows 10


    You can use File History to automatically back up versions of your files on a schedule to a location you select to save to. You can select to save backups to an internal hard drive, externally connected drive (ex: USB drive), or you can save to a drive on a network. You can add, remove, and exclude folders to be backed up by File History.

    Over time, you'll have a complete history of your files. If the originals are lost, damaged, or deleted, you can restore them. You can also browse and restore different versions of your files. For example, if you want to restore an older version of a file (even if it wasn't deleted or lost), you can browse through a timeline, select the version you want, and restore it.

    This tutorial will show you how to add History to the context menu of files and folders for all users in Windows 10.

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

    When you right click or press and hold on a file or folder and click/tap on History, it will show you the history for the selected item from your File History like below to be able to restore a previous version.
    History - Add to Context Menu in Windows 10-restore_file_history.png


    File History adds 26 characters to each file name as it backs up. The maximum total full path length of any file that it backs up is 210 characters, including these 26 characters. Thus any original file with a full path length of 185 or more characters is ignored and will not be included in the back up.



    EXAMPLE: "History" context menu
    History - Add to Context Menu in Windows 10-history_context_menu.png



    Here's How:

    1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


    2 To Add "History" to Context Menu of Files and Folders

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Add_History_to_context_menu.reg

    Download


    3 To Remove "History" from Context Menu of Files and Folders

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Remove_History_from_context_menu.reg

    Download


    4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

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


    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. Posts : 17,839
    Windows 10
       #1

    Another good one @Brink!

    Any repercussions putting it also in Directory\Background\shell and DesktopBackground\Shell to have it accessible from anywhere in the Explorer environment?
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  2. Posts : 64,502
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Those locations should be fine to add it to as well. :)

    EDIT:
    @Edwin,

    I have updated the tutorial to add those locations. DesktopBackground\Shell is not needed since the other one will include that as well.
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  3. Posts : 17,839
    Windows 10
       #3

    Brink said:
    Those locations should be fine to add it to as well. :)

    EDIT:
    @Edwin,

    I have updated the tutorial to add those locations. DesktopBackground\Shell is not needed since the other one will include that as well.
    Perfect! :)
    Thanks Shawn!
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  4. Posts : 64,502
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    You're most welcome. :)
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