Simplified EFS

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 5 July 2006 / Last Updated on 5 July 2006]

How to encrypt files easily from Windows Explorer.

If you use EFS to encyrpt hard drive data to protect it and are tired of right-clicking on files, selecting Properties, clicking Advanced, and selecting Encrypt Contents To Secure Data just to encrypt the file, try this registry tweak, which adds an Encrypt option when you right-click on files in Windows Explorer:

1. Open regedit and navigate to HKLM \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Advanced

2. Create a new DWORD value named EncryptionContextMenu and set it equal to 1

Note that once you encrypt a file, right-clicking on it in Windows Explorer gives you a Decrypt option.

Cheers, Mitch Tulloch, MVP

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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