How to Add a “Permanently Delete” Context Menu to Windows 11 or 10?

By default, the right-click menu, or context menu, is the menu that appears when you right-click the desktop or any file or folder in Windows. This menu provides additional functionality by offering actions that you can perform on the object. Most programs like to stuff their commands into this menu. Although they can be helpful, the problem is that even if you uninstall the programs, they don’t remove the corresponding context menu item, making the menu seem slow and cluttered. Context menu editors can help you manage your right-click context menu items in Windows 11.

If you want to reduce this clutter or remove items from this menu that are no longer useful, you can do so. Most programs offer Explorer integration in their settings, and if you look around, you might be able to find it and disable File Explorer context menu integration. If not, you need to edit the registry or use third-party freeware. This risewindows article will guide you on how to add the Permanently Delete Option to Windows Context Menu.

How to Add a “Permanently Delete” Option to the Context Menu?

To include a “Permanently Delete” option in the Windows 11 or 10 context menu, follow these steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, open Registry Editor.

Step 2. Now, navigate to the following key in the left sidebar:-

Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shell

Step 3. Then, right-click on the shell and select New > Key.

Step 4. After that, name this new key Windows.PermanentDelete.

Step 5. Next, right-click on Windows.PermanentDelete key and choose New > [/keybt]String Value[/keybt].

Step 6. Here, set the name to CommandStateSync.

Step 7. So, right-click on Windows.PermanentDelete key and select New > String Value.

Step 8. Then, set the name to ExplorerCommandHandler.

Step 9. Now, double-click on the ExplorerCommandHandler REG_SZ and set its “Value data” to the following:-

{E9571AB2-AD92-4ec6-8924-4E5AD33790F5}

Step 10. Then, click the OK button.

Step 11. After that, right-click on Windows.PermanentDelete key and select New > String Value.

Step 12. Next, set the name to Icon.

Step 13. Now, double-click on the Icon REG_SZ and set its “Value data” to the following:-

shell32.dll,-240

Step 14. Then, click the OK button.

Step 15. So, again, right-click on Windows.PermanentDelete key and select New > String Value.

Step 16. Name the newly created REG_SZ to Position.

Step 17. After that, double-click on the Position REG_SZ and set its “Value data” to the following:-

  • Top: Set the “Permanently Delete” location at the context menu’s top.
  • Bottom: Set the “Permanently Delete” location at the context menu’s bottom.

Step 18. Finally, click the OK button.

The changes are immediate, meaning there is no computer restart.

Right-click on a file or folder you want to delete permanently to test that everything is working fine, and click on the Permanently delete option. Of course, if you use Windows 11, you need to select Show more options to appear the Permanently delete option.

Here, it may prompt you to confirm whether you want to delete the file or folder permanently depending on your Recycle Bin configuration, 

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be informative to you.

Good luck & stay healthy, guys.

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