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

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There are several options available in the right-click menu of Windows to make things easier, including select all items, invert selected items, and clear all selections. These are available in the Ribbon menu of Windows 10 and the See more section of Windows 11 File Explorer. To access these options more quickly we recommend you add them to the right-click context menu.

Apart from that, you can also use these hotkeys if you prefer to use the keyboard shortcut:-

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

You can use the Select context menu to select all files or folders, invert selected items or deselect all the selected items in the Desktop or a folder. By tweaking the Registry, you can easily create “Select all,” “Invert selection,” and “Select none” options under the “Select” context menu.

In this growupwindows article, you will learn to add a Select context menu on Windows 11 and 10, as shown in the above screenshot.

How to Create a Select Context Menu in Windows 11 or 10?

Follow these steps to add a Select context menu in Windows 11 or 10:-

Step 1. First, launch Registry Editor.

Step 2. Here, you need to access the shell key in these four different paths:-

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

Under each of the above keys, you’ll need to create a new sub-key Select.

For that, right-click the shell key and choose New > Key options.

Then, set the name to Select.

Step 3. After creating the Select key in all four locations under the shell key, you need to create three different string values named icon, MUIVerb, and SubCommands under the Select key for each location.

For that, right-click on the Select key, and choose New > String Value.

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

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

For that, 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. Then, click the OK button.

Now, each string will look like the following screenshot:-

Once you have 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.

Now, when 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 find “Select all,” “Select none,” and “Invert selection” options that you can use as per your requirements.

If you find the above steps difficult, you can open a Notepad file by clicking on the Start button and typing Notepad. Click on Notepad in the search results to open it.

Copy and paste the following into Notepad when it opens on your computer:-

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"

Now, click the File menu and pick Save as option.

Using the “Save as” dialog, choose the location where you want to save the registry file. Then, name the file and include the “.reg” extension. Select All files from the “Save as type” drop-down menu.

You will find a “.reg” file in your chosen location once you complete the above steps.

Just double-click on the newly created “.reg” file and click the Yes button to add the “Select” context menu.

It’s that simple.

To remove the Select context menu, open Notepad 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]

In order to eliminate the “Select” context menu from your PC, save the notepad file as a “.reg” file and double-click on it. Click the Yes button when prompted.

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