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Restore Missing "Open", "Print", and "Edit" Context Menu Items when more than 15 Files are Selected
This will show how to restore the missing Open, Print, and Edit context menu (right click) items for when you have more than 15 files selected in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
This will also set how many items that can be selected to Open, Edit, or Print at once.
These context menu items were removed by design like this in Windows to avoid accidentally performing these actions on a large number of files.
EXAMPLE: Context Menu with more than 15 Files Selected NOTE:The left screenshot is the default with more than 15 TXT files selected, and the right screenshot is when you have them restored even with more than 15 TXT files selected.
Using a REG File Download
1. To Show Context Menu Items when more than 15 Files are Selected
A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the file below. NOTE:This sets the MultipleInvokePromptMinimum DWORD value to 10,000 items that can be selected to Open, Edit, or Print at once. If you need a different amount, then you can use OPTION TWO below to manually set what you need.
4. To Show Context Menu Items when more than 15 Files are Selected
A) In the right pane of Explorer, right click on a empty space, then click/tap on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value. (see screenshot above)
B) Type MultipleInvokePromptMinimum, and press enter. (see screenshot below)
C) Double click/tap on MultipleInvokePromptMinimum, select (dot) Decimal, type in a number for how many items you would like to be able to select at once to either Open, Edit, or Print at once, then click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
Typing in 16 or above will allow Open, Edit, and Print to always be available in the contect menu no matter how many items you select.
However, the number you enter here is how many items you will be able to select at once to actually be able to Open, Edit, or Print them all at once though.
D) Go to step 6.
5. To Not Show Context Menu Items when more than 15 Files are Selected NOTE:This is the default setting.
A) In the right pane of Explorer, right click on MultipleInvokePromptMinimum, and click on Delete. (see screenshot below)
B) Click/tap on Yes. (see screenshot below)
7. Close regedit.
8. If open, close and reopen Windows Explorer to apply the changes.
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What I have tested is that you set MultipleInvokePromptMinimum = 16, you can get the context menu displayed, but the files being opened is 16. In other words, it is what it is the number you input, which defines how many files you can open. If you enter 500, it is enough virtually, and this is the number I finally entered in my system. I am using Windows 7 Enterprise.