Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

In Windows 7, when you hold down Shift when right-clicking in Windows Explorer, extra items such as "Copy as path", "Open command window here", or more "Send to" options, are added to the context menu, depending on the item you clicked on.

Is there any way to have those extras permanently, without having to hold down Shift?

I hope it can be done without installing extra shell extensions (see below) – more thinking about a registry hack or something…


Solved for "Open command window here", not yet for "Copy as path"!

On my XP system, I used to install SmartStartMenu only for the shell extension that comes with it, giving the ever useful 'Copy pathname', 'Copy short pathname', 'Run with command line arguments' and 'Open in DOS box' menu items, without needing to hold down Shift or any other "modifier key".

share|improve this question
Great question. Any progress on 'copy as path'? – Colonel Panic Dec 14 '12 at 12:54
Sorry, no… I have gotten used to hold down Shift for that :/ – mousio Dec 14 '12 at 17:37
Hi! Did you find a way to move the ShellEx Menu Items out or into the extended Menu? I have been looking everywhere, but cannot find anything that would work. Would like to hide some items by default while having them available on the extended menu. I have tried adding the "Extended" string in the registry (as it is done with the normal shell menus) but with no luck. Disabling is easy but not practical since there is occasionally need for those items. – leugim Jun 1 '13 at 4:35
up vote 3 down vote accepted

This seems to be what you're looking for:

share|improve this answer
Great, thanks! I was able to turn off "Extended Mode" for "Open command window here" with the tool ShellMenuView, but no such luck with "Copy as path". The related tool ShellExView lists a "Copy as Path Menu" but I cannot change its behaviour. The corresponding CLSID in the registry has an empty "ContextMenuOptIn" key (REG_SZ) which I have played around with, but to no avail (and I cannot find any info on that key)… – mousio Jun 10 '11 at 20:02

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.