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 well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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