How to Add ‘Select All’ Option to Windows 10/11 Context Menu

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Using Windows 11, you may know that the operating system supports a CTRL+A keyboard shortcut to select all files and folders inside a folder. The CTRL+A keyboard shortcut for selecting all items works everywhere on the operating system.

While it’s pretty easy to press the CTRL+A key to select all items, if your keyboard is not working or you don’t like using a keyboard shortcut, you can add the ‘Select all’ functionality straight on the Context menu.

Steps to Add ‘Select All’ Option to Windows 10/11 Context Menu

Hence, if you are interested in adding the ‘Select all’ option to the Windows 10/11 right-click menu, you are reading the right guide. Below, we have shared a step-by-step guide on adding the ‘Select All’ option in the Windows 10/11 context menu. Let’s get started.

1. First, right-click anywhere on your desktop and select New > Text Document. Alternatively, open Windows 10/11 search and type in Notepad. Next, open the Notepad app from the list.

New > Text Document

2. On the Notepad, copy and paste the following script:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\Windows.selectall]
"CanonicalName"="{b33bf5af-76d5-4d10-93e7-d8e22e93798f}"
"CommandStateHandler"="{3756e7f5-e514-4776-a32b-eb24bc1efe7a}"
"CommandStateSync"=""
"Description"="@shell32.dll,-31277"
"Icon"="imageres.dll,-5308"
"ImpliedSelectionModel"=dword:00000020
"MUIVerb"="@shell32.dll,-31276"
"Position"="Bottom"
"NeverDefault"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\Windows.selectall\command]
"DelegateExecute"="{aa28fbc7-59f1-4c42-9fd8-ba2be27ea319}"

3. Once done, click the File button as shown in the screenshot below.

File

4. Click on the Save As option from the list of options.

Save As

5. Now, on the Save As prompt, name the File name as selectall.reg and select ‘All Files’ in the Save as type. Once done, click on the Save button.

selectall.reg

6. Once done, double click on the Selectall.reg file to add the script to the registry file.

double click on the selectall.reg file

That’s it! After making the changes, restart your Windows 10/11 computer. After the restart, right-click on a blank space in a folder and find a new ‘Select all’ option.

'Select all'

2. How to Remove Select All Option from Context Menu

Well, if you don’t like to have the ‘Select all’ option in the Context Menu, you can remove it quickly. Here’s how to remove the Select all option from Windows 10/11 right-click menu.

1. First, right-click anywhere on your desktop and select New > Text Document.

New > Text Document

2. On the Notepad, copy and paste the following script:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\Windows.selectall]

paste the following script

3. Once done, click on the File > Save as option.

File > Save as

4. On the Save As window, name the file as Removeselectall.reg and set All Files on the Save as Type. Once done, click on the Save button.

set All Files on the Save as Type

5. Now, if you want to remove the Select all option from the context menu, double click on the Removeselectall.reg file you have created.

removeselectall.reg

That’s it! This will remove the Select all option from your Windows 11’s context menu.

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