You can encrypt and decrypt files or folders in Windows by right clicking on it, choose “Properties”, then click on the “Advanced” button followed by checking on the “Encrypt” checkbox. However, it has involved quite a few clicks toward encrypting the file or folder. Have you ever wonder how can you able to simplify the encrypt or decrypt process in right click context menu instead of going through these hassle steps?


Now you can enable Encrypt or Decrypt in right click context menu with simple registry hack:

1. Open notepad.

2. Copy below string and paste it into notepad:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced] “EncryptionContextMenu”=dword:00000001

3. One thing to take note here. Once you have copied the string to notepad, delete both ” (double quote) and retype. Without doing so could cause the value fail to be added into registry due to the double quote copy from the webpage is different from what you type manually. Save the notepad as “Encrypt.reg” with Save as type is “All Files”.

4. Double click the registry file, continue with UAC prompt and click OK to confirm you wish to perform the action.

Once you have completed the above steps, right click on any file or folder, you should see Encrypt to be appeared in the context menu.