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How to Take Control of Your Context Menu with ShellMenuView

From by Alex Castle Read Full Article here

The Windows context menu—the set of options that pops up when you right-click a file or folder—is one of the quickest ways to execute simple commands. That’s why it’s unfortunate that Windows doesn’t give users any real control over the contents of these context menus. Programs sometimes install rogue options (or sets of options) in the menu, and there’s no easy way to get them out, short of uninstalling the program.

Enter ShellMenuView, a free program from NirSoft (makers of a ton of great, techy system utilities) that allows you to view and edit the context menu options for all the different file types on your PC. Here’s how to use it.

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Check a drive for errors

You can solve some computer problems by checking a drive or drives for errors. For example, you can check your computer’s primary hard disk to fix some performance issues, or you can check an external hard drive if it’s not working properly.

  1. Open Computer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Computer.
  2. Right-click the drive that you want to check, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Tools tab, and then, under Error-checking, click Check now. Administrator permission required If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.To automatically repair problems with files and folders that the scan detects, select Automatically fix file system errors. Otherwise, the disk check will report problems but not fix them.To perform a thorough check, select Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors. This scan attempts to find and repair physical errors on the drive itself, and it can take much longer to complete.

    To check for both file errors and physical errors, select both Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.

  4. Click Start.

Depending on the size of your drive, this might take several minutes. For best results, don’t use your computer for any other tasks while it is checking for errors.