[FIX] Open, Edit and Print Context Menu Items Missing in Windows 7 When 15+ Files Selected

Recently one AskVG reader "G. M. Polard" asked us following question via contact form:

Whenever I select more than 15 files or folders in Windows 7 Explorer, I can't see Open, Edit and Print items in context menu. How to fix this problem so that I can perform these operations on 15+ files?

Actually its not a problem. Its a feature by design. Microsoft designed Windows 7 to automatically disable these 3 context menu options when user selects more than 15 items in Explorer to prevent accidentally performing these actions on large set of files.

If you want, you can remove this restriction and can enable these 3 items in context menu for 15+ files/folders selection.

Simply follow these simple steps:

1. Type regedit in RUN or start menu search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

3. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD value MultipleInvokePromptMinimum and set its value to 16

Fix_Context_Menu_Items_Missing_in_Windows_7.png

4. Close Registry Editor and log off or restart your system. It'll remove the restriction and you'll get Open, Edit and Print items in context menu even if you select more than 15 files or folders.

NOTE: To restore default function, simply delete DWORD value created in Step 3.

PS: If you want a ready-made registry script to do the task automatically, simply download following ZIP file, extract it and run the extracted REG file:

Download Registry Script





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Posted in: Troubleshooting, Windows 7


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Comments

  • Either I am too stupid as well, but in my computer (win 7, office 2010) I have set every possible combination in regedit DWORD - starting with number 16 decimal / hex, than 700 dec / hex, logged off and on evertime after confirming; yet the option of printing more than 15 files just doesn't appear in explorer. Any ideas where I could have gone wrong?

  • VG

    ^^ Did you try the ready-made Registry script given at the end?

  • Pls hw can i print the start menu options. I mean the hard copy printing of the programs on the start menu

  • VG

    ^^ I assume you are trying to take a screenshot of all programs listed in Start Menu. Just open Start Menu -> All programs list and then press PrntScr key on your keyboard. Now open MSPaint or any other image editing software and press Ctrl+V keys together to paste the screenshot.

    If you are using Windows 8/8.1, you can press Win+PrntScr keys together to automatically save screenshot in Pictures folder as mentioned in following article:

    http://www.askvg.com/windows-8-hidden-secret-features-and-useful-hotkeys/

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