Personalization Add or Remove Select Context Menu in Windows 11


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You have many options to select items in File Explorer (Win+E) and on the desktop (Win+D) in Windows 11.

If wanted, you can add a Select context menu to Select all, Select none, and Invert selection items from instead of just from the command bar in File Explorer.

You can right click on a window/desktop background or on one or more selected items, and click/tap on Show more options to see the Select context menu item.

Select context menu items​
Description​
Select allSelect all items on the desktop or currently active open window.
Select noneUnselect all items on the desktop or currently active open window.
Invert selectionInverts all currently selected items as unselected and inverts all currently unselected items as selected at once on the desktop or currently active open window.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Select context menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


You must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove the "Select" context menu.



EXAMPLE: Select context menu

It is required to click/tap on Show more options first by default, then click/tap on Select.


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Here's How:

1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.

2 Add "Select" context menu

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Add_Select_to_context_menu.reg


(Contents of .reg file)
Code:
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;Windows.selectnone;Windows.invertselection"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\LibraryFolder\Background\shell\Select]
"MUIVerb"="Select"
"icon"="imageres.dll,-5308"
"SubCommands"="Windows.selectall;Windows.selectnone;Windows.invertselection"

3 Remove "Select" context menu

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Remove_Select_from_context_menu.reg


(Contents of .reg file)
Code:
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]

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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This works in Windows 10 too!
 

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Hi,
Okay invert selection that one need some splaining :boom:
 

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On build 25145.1011, unfortunately, it starts a complete catastrophe with the explorer. On other builds have not tried.
 

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On build 25145.1011, unfortunately, it starts a complete catastrophe with the explorer. On other builds have not tried.

Hello, :)

Odd. The Select context menu works without issue for me in build 25145. It uses the same shell commands used from the command bar select options, so it shouldn't cause any issue.

What catastrophe is it causing for you?
 

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Dronix

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After your message with your Remove_Select_from_context_menu.reg made changes in the registry. Rebooted. Applied your Add_Select_to_context_menu.reg again. I don't know what it was, but it worked fine. Obviously I had to test everything to the end. More thoroughly. But there was a bug. It is not there now. I apologize for not fully tested application of your solution.
 

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Brink

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After your message with your Remove_Select_from_context_menu.reg made changes in the registry. Rebooted. Applied your Add_Select_to_context_menu.reg again. I don't know what it was, but it worked fine. Obviously I had to test everything to the end. More thoroughly. But there was a bug. It is not there now. I apologize for not fully tested application of your solution.
No worries. I'm glad it's working fine for you now. I always want to hear of any possible issues.
 

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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 980 PRO M.2,
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
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    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Motorola MB8611 cable modem,
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    Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G phone
  • Operating System
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    HP Spectre x360 2in1
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    i7-1065G7 3.9 GHz
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    Intel SST
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    13.3" 4K UWVA AMOLED multitouch
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