Improve File Search and Navigation on Context Menu in Windows 8

Are you fond of registry hacks? For intermediate and advanced Windows users, the Registry editor is a no-brainer. With the right codes and settings, you can improve the desktop experience and tweak the default settings.

We’ve covered some interesting hacks and articles like launching Administrator Command Prompt in File Explorer, 7 great registry tweaks, and several tools to edit the context menu. And in this article, we will show you more awesome and cool stuff to improve the file search and navigation on the Context Menu in Windows 8.

Context Menu is a menu that shows up when you right-click your mouse. It provides shortcuts and options on what to do with a file or folder. Most of the time you are stuck with the default options in the context menu, but the good news is, with a few registry hacks, you can add your own entries and options to it.

Note: do back up your registry before you carry out the hacks below.

Normally, copying a file or folder requires you to drag and drop or manually transfer by copy and paste. That’s fine if you’re doing it for one or two files. But if you’re copying quite a number of files, then applying this hack will save you more time.

1. Launch the Registry editor via “Window key + R.” Type regedit and click OK.

2. Then go to

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\Con textMenuHandlers


3. Create a new key under ContextMenuHandlers and label it “Copy.”


4. Set the value to {C2FBB630-2971-11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13} and click OK.


5. Next, create another key and label it “Move To.”


6. Set the value to {C2FBB631-2971-11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13} and click OK. You can copy the value from the previous key and simply change the last three digits of the first batch of code, such as “630” to “631.”


7. Exit the Registry Editor and check out your File Explorer to see this.


8. Right click any file or folder to see if the two options are included in the Context Menu. Once you click “Copy to folder” you will see this dialog box.


Another option that you’ll see on the Context Menu is “Send To” which allows you to send the file or folder via Email, Dropbox, Compressed folder or any of the programs listed by default. Fortunately, the options can be customized to include your favorite destination. You can add or remove the programs in the list and ditch the ones that you rarely use (mine is Fax recipient).


1. Launch the File Explorer and go to “C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo.”


2. You will see the default programs and shortcuts in this folder. To add a program as a shortcut, right click an empty space and choose “New.”


3. Under “New” choose “Shortcut.” You will be prompted to add the item or program you wish to add.


4. Click Browse to access the program. Let’s say you want to send it to Google Chrome. Find the program and browse through the folders, then click OK. Label the shortcut and click “Finish.”


5. If you want to remove an unused program or shortcut, right click it and delete. See screenshot below. I deleted the Fax recipient and Bluetooth Device shortcuts.


Do you have any hacks you wish to share to improve the context menu that we haven’t covered yet? Feel free to drop them below.