Sometimes, Windows 10 will not show the 'Open With' sub-menu in the right-click context menu for some file types, and sometimes when I select multiple files of a specific type.

Is there any way to force the 'Open With' sub-menu to always appear no matter the file type?

Thanks in advance.

  • Did you try shift + right-click ? – Prem Jun 17 '16 at 11:17

Solution for your problem:

Follow These steps:

  1. Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, Notepad.

  2. Copy and paste this text:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Open With] @="{09799AFB-AD67-11d1-ABCD-00C04FC30936}"

  1. Click File, Save As, name the file "OpenWith.reg" (WITH THE QUOTATION MARKS) and click OK.

  2. Now double-click OpenWith.reg, click Continue, Yes, OK, and see if the problem is solved.


  • Hi, this did not work. A file type this consistently happens with is an SVG file. Create more than one SVG file, select them, right click, and see how the 'Open With' sub-menu is not there. It's not just SVG files this happens with, it's sporadic. I just want to be able to easily decide what I want to open the files with, without going to the settings. – thephpdev Jun 17 '16 at 11:56

Have you tried shift+right clic ? It should show you extra menu items, with open with item for any files if you are lucky.

  • Nope. That does not work. Thank you nonetheless. – thephpdev Jun 17 '16 at 20:26

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