I'm trying to add a "Tail" entry to the shell context menu for .txt files, but whatever I do the option just does not appear.

My .reg file looks like:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


@="tail.exe -f \"%1\""

It worked fine in Windows 7. Has this feature been disabled in Windows 10 (64-bit)?

How to make it work again?


Some additional findings:

The default Open action is associated with Notepad++.

If I choose the built-in Notepad application as the default Open action, then my "Tail" menu item shows up. But as soon as I choose Notepad++ or any other app as the default Open action, my custom context menu item disappears.

  • The feature is not disabled. Which program have you set as the default for opening .txt files? – w32sh Jul 5 '16 at 11:26
  • Notepad++ is my default Open program for .txt – rustyx Jul 5 '16 at 11:35

This registry setting should help.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

@="tail.exe -f \"%1\""

Only downside is that "Tail" would show up for every file type associated with Notepad++. If you don't want that, post back so that I can make another REG file that applies only for .txt files.

  • Thanks! I can live with the "downside". But just out of curiosity was wondering how to make it apply only to .txt files. – rustyx Jul 5 '16 at 14:56
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    To apply the setting for .txt file (per-file type basis), implement the menu here: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.txt – w32sh Jul 5 '16 at 16:17

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