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    Hidden items - Add to Context Menu in Windows 10

    How to Add Hidden items to Context Menu in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Customization
    03 Mar 2022
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Add Hidden items to Context Menu in Windows 10


    Hidden files, folders, and drives do not show by default in Windows. Windows protected system files (ex: desktop.ini files) are hidden by default.

    By default, you can use Hidden items from the View tab in the ribbon of File Explorer to quickly toggle to show or hide the files and folders that are marked as hidden on your PC. Protected operating system files will only toggle to show if you have unchecked the Hide protected operating system files box in Folder Options.

    This tutorial will show you how to add Hidden items to the context menu of the desktop, drives, folders, and folder/drive backgrounds for all users in Windows 10.

    The Hide/Show Hidden items item in the Hidden items context menu will toggle to hide or show hidden items for the current user.

    The Hide protected OS files item in the Hidden items context menu will hide protected operating system files for the current user. You will see a command prompt quickly open and close, and the explorer process restarting to apply.

    The Show protected OS files item in the Hidden items context menu will show hidden items and show protected operating system files for the current user. You will see a command prompt quickly open and close, and the explorer process restarting to apply.

    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.



    EXAMPLE: "Hidden items" context menu
    Hidden items - Add to Context Menu in Windows 10-hidden_items_context_menu.png



    Here's How:

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


    2 To Add "Hidden items" 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_Hidden_items_to_context_menu.reg

    Download


    3 To Remove "Hidden items" 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_Hidden_items_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 When 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 Brink





  1. Posts : 737
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
       #1

    no way to get an entry for ALL (to include the system files) without using the old vbs method?

    while dumping the vbs seems like a win, id love to have a flyout to show all hidden inc system and just regular ole show hidden.

    if thats not possible im quite torn lol
    Last edited by klepp0906; 16 Mar 2020 at 19:08.
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  2. Posts : 62,234
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    klepp0906 said:
    no way to get an entry for ALL (to include the system files) without using the old vbs method?

    while dumping the vbs seems like a win, id love to have a flyout to show all hidden inc system and just regular ole show hidden.

    if thats not possible im quite torn lol
    The command used in the current .reg file uses the exact same GUID as if change from the File Explorer ribbon.

    I suppose I could use the same commands from the .bat files in step 4 and 5 in option 3 below to add a system files option. I will look into this tomorrow.

    Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives in Windows 10
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  3. Posts : 737
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
       #3

    you are the BEST :)

    I don't want to keep it on ALL the time (that was the other potential consideration) as it can be potentially dangerous, and make things quite messy depending on folder your working within. However for cases where you do need to see system files, going into the file explorer options, changing tabs, finding the checkbox etc is quite cumbersome.

    at current I have
    Hidden items - Add to Context Menu in Windows 10-image.png
    going on with both vbs. to change that into a single expanding entry with icon sans vbs files is end-game :)

    <3 <3 <3
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  4. Posts : 62,234
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    @klepp0906,

    Tutorial now updated to have both hidden items and protected OS files in the context menu now.
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  5. Posts : 737
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
       #5

    as always, thank you good sir!
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  6. Posts : 62,234
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    klepp0906 said:
    as always, thank you good sir!
    You're always most welcome.
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  7. Posts : 737
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
       #7

    ouch! i presume no way to do it without restarting explorer eh?

    i might be left with trying to figure out how to shoehorn the two independant "vbs" method entries into one flyout.

    the current means restarting explorer closes the very window im trying to work within when it restarts explorer lol.
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  8. Posts : 62,234
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

    klepp0906 said:
    ouch! i presume no way to do it without restarting explorer eh?

    i might be left with trying to figure out how to shoehorn the two independant "vbs" method entries into one flyout.

    the current means restarting explorer closes the very window im trying to work within when it restarts explorer lol.
    The protected OS files setting didn't have a built-in shell setting like "Hidden items", so it required restarting the explorer process to apply.
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  9. Posts : 737
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
       #9

    Brink said:
    The protected OS files setting didn't have a built-in shell setting like "Hidden items", so it required restarting the explorer process to apply.
    figured it was something like that.

    have the original version backed up somewhere? without the ALL flyout that restarts explorer? thats the lesser evil in this case i think. For me anyhow. It'll be between that or smooshing the VBS ones together :P
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