Do you use Windows Explorer’s context menu? I do and very often, because it’s so much easier to manipulate files and perform operations. I have mentioned context menu tools several times on Instant Fundas – Context Magic, Shell Tools, adding taskbar contents to the context menu and so on. Here is another free tool, and one of the best I have found.
File Menu Tools allows you to customize the context menu of Windows Explorer, as well as add a handful of utilities to perform operations on files and folders. Let us take a look at these utilities.
Synchronize Folders is a full fledged file synchronization tool that can sync two folders. It is possible configure the synchronization type (unidirectional, bidirectional, etc.) and the file types which must be synchronized.
Extended Delete deletes recursively files with specific extension from a folder. This is amazing! I wonder why nobody had thought about such a tool earlier. You specify the the file type you want to delete from a folder and it will automatically hunt down all files of the specified type from that folder and all folders that are might be located inside it.
Find And Replace allows you to find and replace a text in all selected files, in other words – it’s a bulk find and replace tool. Another superb tool.
Advanced Renamer renames all the selected files and folders by using specified patterns.
Delete Locked File deletes files which are locked by any application and cannot be deleted normally.
Delete and no move to Recycle Bin bypasses the Recycle Bin while deleting files and folders. It’s the same as Shift+Delete
Change Icon allows you to change the icon assigned to the selected folder.
Run with Arguments gives you an easier way to run exe and batch with parameters which can be typed through a dialog box.
Command Line From Here launches the command window from anywhere.
Split File – A file splitter
Join File – A file splitter without a file joiner is useless. So this allows you to join files you split using the above tool.
Copy Content copies to the clipboard the content of the selected element. If a folder is selected, all element names that the folder contains will be copied.
Paste Clipboard appends the clipboard contents into the selected elements. If a folder is selected, then will be created a file in that folder with the clipboard contents.
Attributes displays a submenu which lets change the attributes of the selected elements. If a folder is selected, it is possible change the attributes recursively.
Change Time changes the creation time, the last access time and/or the last write time of the selected elements. This too is recursive.
Register DLL registers a DLL file in Windows.
Unregister DLL unregisters a DLL file.
Size of Folders displays the size of the folders.
Shred Files lets you shred the selected files so that it’s impossible to recovery the files with recovering tools.
Send to mail recipient allows you to launch your email client‘s compose window with the selected elements as attachments.
Pack to Folder creates a new subfolder in the current folder and moves all the selected elements to this subfolder. Brilliant!
Duplicate Files creates a new copy of the selected elements in the current folder.
Copy Name copies to the clipboard the name of the all selected elements.
Copy Path copies to the clipboard the path of the all selected elements.
You will also find a couple of common tools like:
Copy to folder, Move to folder, Open with Notepad and Create New Folder.
On top of it, File Menu Tools also allows you to configure the "Send to" menu and clean up the context menu by enabling or disabling items which are added by other applications to the context menu.
Despite the large number of tools, memory consumption remains at a healthy 10 MB. A fantastic tool to have.
nice overview on filemenu tools. i'm running it and at the bottom of the menu i have Tab* as a function. it does nothing that i'm aware of and i can't delete it. any ideas? thanks
If it doesn't show up in the configuration window of Filemenu tools, it could be a bug or something. I'm not sure. Maybe if you reinstall the program it will go away.