The context menu is a quick way to access functions in Windows without leaving the file or folder at hand. While the default options are useful, it’s when you add your own custom options and functions that make it phenomenal. We’ve seen this before in our guides which detailed the process of adding PowerShell to the menu and including shortcuts in the Send To menu.
Another way to add custom functions is to use Context Menu Tuner. This portable program allows not only several preconfigured options to be included in the context menu, but also entirely custom-built ones. Add absolutely any program to menu and assign it to either a file or folder. Moreover, there are options for including the menu item only when selecting a particular file type.
We’re going to look at how to assign preset commands to certain areas of Windows and touch on adding a custom function.
Use Preset Commands in Context Menu Tuner
Download the program here and extract the contents.
You’ll find two folders, one of which you’ll need for your particular operating system.
In case you are not sure if you’re on a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows version, open the command prompt from the start menu and enter “wmic os get osarchitecture” to identify which folder to use.
We are using a 64-bit OS, so we’ll use the “x64” folder. In the proper folder, open “ContextMenuTuner.” Accept the license agreement to begin.
The program is quite straightforward in its interface. The left column contains available items that you can associate with files and folders. Select any of the commands and then bind it with a category from the right pane.
For example, select “Copy” from the left pane and then choose “Add to selected item” to bind it to a folder.
The result of this particular association is a “Copy” command when you right-click a folder.
This command is already in Windows by default, however, you’ll find there are commands that, when tied together, will result in nothing more than regular right-click context items.
So we can easily remove any command like so, by choosing the command and clicking “Remove.”
There are other useful items you can pair together. Let’s look at another example.
Choose the “Remove Properties” command and pair it with “All files” to quickly remove all associated properties from a file.
Select the “Open command prompt as administrator” from the left column and associate it with “Folder” to include this really nice option:
No longer do you need to enter the path in an elevated command prompt when you can open it from the right-click context menu.
“Copy path” with “File/Folder” is another handy association that can easily send the entire path of a file or folder to the clipboard.
“C:\Users\Jon\Desktop\New folder” is the result in our example below.
Another good one is to add “Run as another user” with “File” to open a file as another user instead of just as an administrator. Credentials will show for the user you want to use.
Creating a Custom Context Menu Command
In addition to the built-in commands, you can create your own. With a few clicks, you can add any program to the right-click context menu. Let’s look at one that can be used for sending video files to a converter program to save a few steps it would normally require.
Begin by selecting the topmost option in the left pane that’s called “Add Custom Item.” Select the “All files” destination in the right pane and click “Add > Add to specific file type.”
Because there’s no need to have our custom program run against text files and other unnecessary file types, we’re going to choose our own. I’ll add “avi” files to the list by itself, but you can keep searching to add as many as you need.
Continue on to create the custom menu item. We’ll include the name of the program and then its exact path. You can usually find this path in the shortcut to the program from the right-click properties menu.
There are additional options like only allowing the menu to show when the “Shift” key is pressed or including a separator line before and/or after the item. This will simply make it stand out more in the context menu.
Create the association to easily make it available when you right-click the specific file types you listed in the above step. Now you can open files directly into Freemake Video Converter without first opening the software.
The custom option in Context Menu Tuner is by far its best feature. It’s versatility that makes this program so useful. However, some of the built-in command associations are also useful. Take a scroll down these options – there may be something there you’ve been wanting to have.