Add “Show / Hide File Extensions” Option in Desktop and Explorer Context Menu in Windows

Recently we posted a simple script to toggle "Hide extensions for known file types" option in Windows:

Create Simple Script to Show / Hide File Extensions in Windows

And now we'll tell you how to add an option "Show / Hide File Extensions" in Desktop and Explorer context menu (menu which appears when you right-click) to make the task faster and easier.

In Windows XP, you'll need to right-click on a folder to get the option. In Windows Vista and later, you can right-click on an empty area in Explorer or Desktop to get the option.


Simply download following ZIP file, extract it and run the "Install.exe" file present in the "Windows XP" or "Windows Vista and 7" folders depending upon which Windows are you using.

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It'll automatically install the required files and will ask you to add the option into Windows Registry, accept the confirmation by clicking on "Yes" button and then OK.

PS: If you receive any error message while running the installer, first take ownership of following key in Registry Editor:


Now run the installer again and it'll work without any problem.

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Posted in: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

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  • Hey VG, i want to change path of VBscript file... like C:\Program Files\Nirmohi
    but when i change registry entry and path. it not access vbscript file. specially in programs file folder

  • VG

    ^^ Try to use environment variable such as %programfiles% for program files folder.

  • Doesn't work on Win 10, How to remove option reg, now? Thanks

  • VG

    ^^ Run uninstall.reg file present inside ZIP file.

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