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Unlock Windows Hidden Features

How to Unlock Windows Hidden Features with Free Registry Files

Enhance your Windows experience with powerful tweaks! Unlock windows hidden features effortlessly using free registry files.
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What is a Windows REG file?

A REG file is a special type of text file associated with the Windows Registry. It contains configuration settings in a structured format, utilizing key-value pairs to define specific parameters. When executed, a REG file applies these settings to the Windows Registry, allowing users to customize their system by enabling or modifying features, adjusting preferences, or optimizing performance. While REG files are a powerful tool for system customization, users should exercise caution and only use files from reliable sources to prevent unintended consequences or security risks.

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Here are some useful and fun Registry Files to help with Windows customization. There are many types of Registry Files available on the internet. Some of the important ones are shared here. They are mostly explorer customization and context menu shortcuts. They are available as syntax and REG files.

How to Create a Windows REG file?

  1. Open Notepad or any plain text editor on your Windows computer.
  2. Start with a header that indicates the Registry key and version. For example:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
  3. Specify the changes you want to make in the following format: Key=Value. For instance:
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Path\To\Setting]
    "ValueName"="NewValue"
    
  4. Press Ctrl + S or click File > Save then Choose “All Files” in Save as Type.
  5. Save the file with a .reg extension. For example, “CustomSettings.reg.”

How to use a Windows REG file?

Unlocking hidden Windows features with REG files involves simple steps. Download the REG file corresponding to the features you want to enable or customize from the provided list below. (Before proceeding, it is recommended to create a system restore point for added security).
  1. Double-click to run the downloaded or created REG file.
  2. Click Run, Yes, Yes, and OK to confirm the visible prompts.
  3. Sometimes, you may need to restart the process, log out and log in, or restart the computer to apply the changes.
The settings you selected will be integrated into the Windows Registry. This seamless process allows users to effortlessly utilize the potential of hidden features.
 

Add or Remove File Explorer 'Home' in Windows 11

How do I remove the ‘Home’ tab from the top of the navigation pane in File Explorer? ‘Home’ is the default startup location of File Explorer, providing access to Quick Access, Favorites files, and Recent files. This REG file is a solution if you wish to remove the ‘Home’ tab from the Explorer’s left navigation pane.

Add or Remove File Explorer 'Gallery' in Windows 11

Gallery is a new folder in Windows 11, introduced with the October 2023 update. However, some users think it is unnecessary and wish to remove it. This REG file can be utilized to remove or add the gallery.

Add the folders Group to the 'This PC' tab in File Explorer

How to Unlock Windows Hidden Features with Free Registry Files

You can add or remove 3D Objects, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Video folders in the “Folders” section of “This PC”.

Open 'This PC' or 'Custom Location' in File Explorer instead of Home (Quick Access)

Windows File Explorer defaults to opening the Home (Quick Access) tab. This means that clicking on File Explorer in the taskbar or using the Win+E shortcut will direct you to the Home (Quick Access) tab. By utilizing this REG file, you have the option to relocate it to ‘This PC’ or a ‘Custom location.

Add User Folder to the File Explorer navigation pane

A user profile in Windows is a collection of personalized settings stored in the C:\Users<user name> folder. This user profile folder contains documents, downloads, images, and other personal folders. By default, the user folder is visible in File Explorer’s navigation pane only when ‘Show all folders’ is enabled. However, you can use this REG file to separate the user folder, as shown in the above image.

Add Control Panel to the File Explorer navigation pane

This REG file can be used to display the Control Panel in the navigation pane of File Explorer, as shown in the above image. This will make your Control Panel easier to access

Hide or Show Drive Letters in File Explorer

A drive letter in Windows is a single alphabetic character (A through Z) assigned to a physical drive or partition connected to the computer, providing a reference point for easy identification. You can hide the drive letter using the provided REG file. I hope this helps with your Windows customization.

Add Recycle Bin to the File Explorer navigation pane

This REG file can be used to display the Recycle Bin in the navigation pane of File Explorer, as shown in the above image. This will make your Recycle Bin easier to access

Show or Hide Status Bar in File Explorer

The status bar at the bottom of File Explorer shows how many items are in the currently open folder and how many are selected. On the right side of the status bar, there are two buttons to change the current folder layout. You can hide that status bar using this REG file.

Reset Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10/11

In Windows 10 and later, Microsoft Photos replaces the traditional Windows Photo Viewer for opening image files, but it’s criticized for performance issues. Despite its retirement, Windows Photo Viewer remains a lightweight and efficient option to access digital photos on your PC, offering faster performance and easy viewing of locally stored photos compared to the Photos app.

Enable Classic Context Menu in Windows 11

Windows 11’s context menu boasts a modern UI, yet some users prefer the classic version, which offers more options and supports a custom theme. This REG file facilitates obtaining the classic context menu.

Add Personalize (Classic) to the Context Menu

To easily access the traditional Personalization settings from the Control Panel, you can add “Personalize (classic)” to the desktop context menu. The classic Personalization settings in the Control Panel cover theme settings, desktop background, color and appearance, sounds, screen saver settings, desktop icon configurations, mouse pointers, and Notification Area Icons.

Add 'Automatically Hide Taskbar' to the Context Menu

Include “Automatically hide taskbar” in your desktop context menu for quick and convenient toggling if you frequently switch between hiding and displaying the taskbar. This addition streamlines the process, allowing you to easily turn the “Automatically hide taskbar” feature on or off as needed.

Add 'Empty Recycle Bin' to the Context Menu

For added convenience, consider adding ‘Empty Recycle Bin’ to the context menu by right-clicking on the desktop or the background of a folder in File Explorer. This addition simplifies the process of emptying the recycle bin, allowing you to do so directly from these locations without the need to navigate to the desktop separately.

Add 'Permanently delete' to the Context Menu

Usually, when you delete files or folders, they go to the recycle bin. However, there are many ways to delete them permanently without sending them to the recycle bin. To make this process easier, you can add the ‘Permanently Delete’ option to the context menu, streamlining your work. This REG file will attach the ‘Permanently Delete’ option to the context menu of your files and folders.

Add 'Control Panel' to the Context Menu

You can add ‘Control Panel’ to the desktop context menu for easy access to the Control Panel and Windows Settings. The submenus of this Control Panel include Control Panel, Device Manager, Software, Network and Sharing Center, Windows Settings, Windows Version, Registry Editor, and Empty Recycle Bin.

Add 'Choose Light or Dark Mode' to the Context Menu

If you frequently switch between Windows color modes, add ‘Choose Light or Dark Mode’ to your desktop context menu for quick and convenient switching. Adding this simplifies your process, allowing you to easily change the color scheme to App mode, Windows mode, or both

Add 'Settings' to the Context Menu

For easy access to Windows settings, you can add ‘Settings’ to the desktop context menu. The submenus in these settings include System, Devices, Phone, Network & Internet, Personalization, Apps, Accounts, Time & language, Gaming, Ease of Access, Search, Privacy, Update & security, and Mixed reality.

Add 'Copy Contents to Clipboard' to the Context Menu

The “Copy contents to clipboard” option allows you to copy contents to the clipboard through the context menu without opening the document. It supports copying .bat, .cmd, .css, .html, .js, .log, .ps1, .reg, .rtf, .txt, .vbs files
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Are you new to Windows customization?

Follow the steps given on this post page and I always recommend Creating a Restore Point before starting the customization. If you have any other doubts comment below.

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