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Michael Higham

a year ago

Encrypting or decrypting from the context menu

NOTE: The information in this conversation only applies to Windows 10 Pro. You can quickly encrypt or decrypt files or folders from the context menu. To do this, open File Explorer, and then right-click a file or folder. There, you can either click Encrypt to encrypt it or Decrypt to decrypt it. WARNING: Incorrectly using the registry editing tool can cause serious, system-wide problems that may require you to reinstall Windows 10 to correct them. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the incorrect use of the registry editing tool can be solved. Use this tool at your own risk. 1. Press WINDOWS LOGO + R. 2. Type cmd and press ENTER. 3. Type the following command: REG ADD HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced /v EncryptionContextMenu /t REG_DWORD /d 1 and press ENTER. 4. Type EXIT and press ENTER. Now, when you open File Explorer, navigate to the folder, and then right-click a file, you will now see the Encrypt option. It is also seen when you right-click the folder. TIP: You can also use BitLocker to encrypt your hard drive to prevent access from unauthorised users.