How can I add a Encrypt/Decrypt option to the context menu?

A. Its possible to add a context menu option to encrypt/decrypt files by adding the following registry key:

  1. Start the registry editor (Regedit.exe)
  2. Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  3. From the Edit menu select New - DWORD value
  4. Enter a name of EncryptionContextMenu and press Enter
  5. Double click the new value and set to 1. Click OK
  6. Close the registry editor
  7. Reboot the computer for the change to take effect (or you can start Task Manager and stop explorer.exe and start a new occurance)

If you now right click on a file/folder Encrypt will be listed for non-encrypted files, Decrypt for encrypted files.

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Click here to download a reg file which makes the change automatically.

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