How to Add Select Context Menu on Windows 11 or 10?

The taskbar context menu helps you to construct a couple of settings without a trouble and easily open other programs such as the Task Manager. You can select all items, invert selected items, and clear all the selections through the built-in options present in the Ribbon menu of Windows 10 and See more section of Windows 11 File Explorer. You will add them in right-click context menu to access these options more frequently.

You can also use these hotkeys:-

  • Select all (Ctrl+A) – Select all items in view.
  • Select none (Ctrl+R) – Clear all your selections.

By Select context menu, you will select all files or folders, invert selected items, and even unselect all the selected items available in the Desktop or a folder. Once created, Select all, Invert selection, and Select none options will present under the Select context menu.

In this risewindows article, we will guide you on adding or creating a Select context menu on Windows 11 and 10.

How to Add Select Context Menu on Windows 11 or 10?

Do these steps to add or create a select context menu on Windows 11 or 10:-

Step 1Open Registry Editor.

Step 2. You need to access the shell key in four different paths, and these are the following:-

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\LibraryFolder\background\shell

In each location, create a Select Registry key under the shell key.

By, right-click on shell key to select New > Key option.

Name that new key as Select.

Step 3. Create three different String values named icon, MUIVerb, and SubCommands under the Select key.

By, right-click on the Select key, and pick New > String Value.

Make three REG_SZ in each location by repeating the above step and name these as icon, MUIVerb, and SubCommands.

Step 4. After that, you need to set the “Value data” for each REG_SZ.

By, double-click on each REG_SZ and set “Value data” to the following:-

  • icon: imageres.dll,-5308
  • MUIVerb: Select
  • SubCommands: Windows.selectall;Windows.selectnone;Windows.invertselection

Step 5. Press OK.

Now, each string will look like the below image:-

After filled the “Value data” of all String values in the Select key on all four locations, close the Registry Editor, and restart your PC to apply the changes.

If you select some item or right-click on an empty area on the Desktop or a folder, you will see the Select context menu. Accessing that menu, you will see “Select all,” “Select none,” and “Invert selection” options that you can use as per your needs.

If those steps seem difficult, open a Notepad file on your Windows 11 or 10 PC by clicking on the Start button to type Notepad for the pick on Notepad.

In Notepad, copy and paste the following:-

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\Select]

"MUIVerb"="Select"

"icon"="imageres.dll,-5308"

"SubCommands"="Windows.selectall;Windows.selectnone;Windows.invertselection"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\Select]

"MUIVerb"="Select"

"icon"="imageres.dll,-5308"

"SubCommands"="Windows.selectall;Windows.selectnone;Windows.invertselection"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\Select]

"MUIVerb"="Select"

"icon"="imageres.dll,-5308"

"SubCommands"="Windows.selectall"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\LibraryFolder\Background\shell\Select]

"MUIVerb"="Select"

"icon"="imageres.dll,-5308"

"SubCommands"="Windows.selectall;Windows.selectnone;Windows.invertselection"

Pick the File menu to choose Save as option.

Notepad-File-Save-as

In the “Save as” dialog, select a location where you want to save the registry file. Then, name the file and put the “.reg” extension after the file name. Select All files in the “Save as type” drop-down menu. At last, click the Save button.

Save-as

After completing the above steps, you will find a “.reg” file in your chosen location.

To add the “Select” context menu, just double-click on the newly created “.reg” file and click the Yes button when prompted.

That’s it.

If you want to remove the Select context menu, open the Notepad file and paste the following text:-

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\Select]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\Select]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\Select]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\LibraryFolder\Background\shell\Select]

Next, save the notepad file with a “.reg” extension and double-click on this file to remove the “Select” context menu from your PC.

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