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How to Add Hidden items to Context Menu in Windows 10

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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.

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
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Here's How:

1. Do step 2 (add) or 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

NOTE: 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. If prompted, click 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