When it comes to getting Windows set up to where it’s easier to use, there’s a lot of way to “skin the cat.” Usually it involves tweaking Registry keys, going through Group Policy, or other involved processes that many people just don’t want to bother with.
For example, adding items to the right-click Context menu. By default, there might not be the commands and other items you want. We’ve covered several articles on how to add or take things away from the Context Menu, here’s just a few of them:
- Add Copy and Move To Folder Commands to Context Menu
- Add Print Directories to Context Menu
- Add Dropbox to Context Menu
- How to Add Any Program to Context Menu
Easy Context Menu
As you’ll see, each of them requires long drawn out steps. So instead of going through each one individually, there’s an easier way. To add a lot of times to the Context Menu just by checking a few boxes, download Easy Context Menu. It’s a free and portable utility – meaning you can run it from a flash or network drive.
The download is a zip file, and it contains versions for both x86 and 64-bit versions of Windows XP and higher. Just launch the version that’s appropriate for your system. If you’re not sure which version of Windows you have, check out our article on how to see if you’re computer is running 32 Or 64-bit Windows.
After you launch it, you’ll see a list of several items and commands that you can add and make your Context menu.
Just go through and check the items you want and then click the Apply Changes button at the top. It’s also worth noting that you can easily undo any changes by clicking the button next to it.
Here’s an example of some of the commands I added to the desktop Context menu. For example, check out the computer shutdown commands you can easily add. It’s much easier than adding them manually, accessing the default methods in Windows 8.1.
While not everything you wan to add is included, it’s definitely a lot to choose from and more should be added as the utility continues to grow.