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Windows 7: Select all - Add to Context Menu in Windows 7

17 Mar 2011   #19
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Select all - Add to Context Menu in Windows 7

How to Add "Select all" to the Context Menu in Windows 7


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18 Apr 2013   #20
mrsureshisha

win 7 Ultimate sp1 32bit.
 
 

Thanks a lot....


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18 Apr 2013   #21
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome mrsureshisha, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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19 Jun 2013   #22
bamajon1974

Vista
 
 

I would like to know how to add the select cascading menu with select all, invert select, and select none features from Windows 8 into the Windows 7 shell for right clicking on the desktop, in a folder, directory and libraries.

Select - Add or Remove from Context Menu in Windows 8

I am not a coder or anything but I would like to know what the analogous shell command lines for invert select and select none would be, as windows.select would be used for select all.

Are the icons used for select all, invert select, and select none in the windows 7 at all?

Also, would it be possible to create a fourth option, wildcard select, where a small command line pops up that you could select by file type? That would be very useful.
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19 Jun 2013   #23
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Bamajon,

Like you, I'm not sure how. I've already tried adding all the registry entries from Windows 8 to Windows 7, but the new "invert selection" and "select none" options from Windows 8 just will not work in Windows 7.
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19 Jun 2013   #24
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Invert Selection is available in Explorer in the Edit menu. Can it be transmogrified to the right click context?
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19 Jun 2013   #25
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'll have to do some more playing and testing, but so far I haven't had much luck with it in Windows 7.
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19 Jun 2013   #26
bamajon1974

Vista
 
 

The keyboard command for invert selection is Alt + E + I. Is there a way to make a shell command in the registry based on these keystrokes?

Crashcourse software (http://www.crashcoursesoftware.com/download/index.htm) has dll files for select all and invert selection that might be useful but they are very old and probably not compatible with x64 windows. Perhaps they might be helpful.

And here is a link to an old code for wildcard select Windows Explorer wildcard selection shell extension - CodeProject

Will this information be helpful?
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21 Jun 2013   #27
bamajon1974

Vista
 
 

Ok I believe I found a solution but need a little help to finish it off.

So basically I need to know what the keyboard shortcuts for Invert Selection and Select None are and how would you correctly code them in a vbscript file.

I figured out how to add a "Select" parent menu with Select All, Invert Select, and Select None operations based on right click menu based on cascading context menu tutorials from AskVG.

Add Cascading Menus for Your Favorite Programs in Windows 7 Desktop and My Computer Context Menus - Tweaking with Vishal

In registry editor, I added a "Select" menu in

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\LibraryFolder\background\shell\]

For example, in

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\LibraryFolder\background\shell\]

I added a new key called Menu.
I added MUIVerb string called "Select"
I added Subcommands called "Windows.selectall;SelectInvert;SelectNone
I also added Icon and Position strings but left them blank.

I did the same thing for *, folder, and library, in addition to desktop background.

Then I went to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\Shell

Windows.selectall functionality is already there and the operation works as is. Invert select and select none is not. So i have to add it some way.

So I found this tutorial to add selectall and invert selection on door2windows using vbscripts based on keyboard shortcuts.

How To Select All Files In A Folder Using Context Menu | door2windows

Select all is control + a
Invert select is Alt + E + I
Select none is ???? -- I don't know here, I have seen Shift + A but I don't think it works. Can someone help?

Write a vbscript for invert selection:

set oShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
oShell.SendKeys "%ei"

Open notepad, save the script as "InvertSelect.vbs" in windows directory.

Write a vbscript for select none:

set oShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
oShell.SendKeys "+a"

Open notepad, save the script as "SelectNone.vbs" in windows directory.

In ....\CommandStore\Shell, I made "selectinvert" key and "selectnone" key

For selectinvert, the Default string, the value is "Invert Selection"
I added an icon string with a path to an appropriate invert selection icon.
In the selectinvert key, i made a new sub-key and called it "command"
and set the value to the path where I saved InvertSelect.vbs file.

For selectnone, the Default string, the value is "Select None"
I added an icon string with a path to an appropriate select none icon.
In the selectnone key, i made a new sub-key and called it "command"
and set the value to the path where I saved SelectNone.vbs file.

Now I have the cascading Select menu with Select All, Invert Selection, and Select None, all with Icons. Select All works, but the other two don't because I don't think I have the right format for keyboard shortcuts. This should be a simple fix. Can someone help?

Or if there is a better solution, I am all ears.

Thanks!
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21 Jun 2013   #28
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Bamajon,

That's the issue I'm having is to get the Invert Selection, and Select None options to work in Windows 7.
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21 Jun 2013   #29
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

What is the need for a "Select None'? Maybe 8 is different, but to select none in Windows 7 take only a left click in an empty spot in an Explorer window.

OF course I'm always willing to attribute any misunderstanding to my age and possible dementia.
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