How Can I Use A Registry Hack To Allow Right Click Encryption Of Files?

If you wish to enhance your privacy by encrypting the files on your computer then there are many ways in wish you can accomplish your goal. But did you know you can do it with a relatively simple Registry hack?

If not, read on to find out how.

Encrypting local files via a registry hack


I should point out here that making mistakes within the Registry can have some pretty severe consequences so don’t proceed unless you feel confident in doing so (it would also be advisable to backup your registry at this point).

The first thing that you will need to do is access the Registry itself. To do this, click on the Start button and then type regedit into the search box. You will find an entry underneath Programs, as highlighted in the image above.

Click on this to enter the Registry.

edit registry

Once you are in the Registry you will need to navigate to a specific location: HKRY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced.

At this point your screen should look pretty much like the screenshot above.


Now right click your mouse somewhere on the right hand side of the screen. Select New and then DWORD (32-bit) Value.

You will need to give this new entry a specific name: EncryptionContextMenu


Now right click on this entry in the Registry Editor and select Modify. This will open the window you see above.

Here you need to change the Value data: figure from a zero to a one. Now click on OK.

You now have the ability to encrypt local files via the right click menu.

encrypt file

Find a file on your computer that you would like to encrypt. Right click on it and you will see an option in the menu that says Encrypt.

Select this option and the warning box above will appear. Read the dialogue carefully and proceed as you wish.

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Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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