Add Empty Folder Context Menu in Windows 10

Today, we will see how to add a special context menu entry, "Empty this folder". It will permanently and instantly delete the folder contents. This can be useful if you are using a folder to store temporary files for your project. The context menu command will be added for all users of the operating system installed on your computer.

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It is not so hard to delete all files and folders from a specific directory on your hard drive. You can click on the command "Select all" in the Ribbon, and then click on Delete. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl + A to select everything in the folder and then press the Shift + Del keys.

The "Empty this folder" context menu entry saves your time. It deletes the folder contents with a single click. To avoid accidental emptying of folders, it shows a confirmation.

You need to sign in as Administrator before proceeding.

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To add the Empty Folder context menu in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Download the following Registry files in the zip archive: Download Registry Files.
  2. Extract them to any folder you like. You can place them right on the Desktop.
  3. Unblock the *.REG files.
  4. Double click the "Add Empty folder context menu.reg" file.

The undo tweak is included. It is called 'Remove Empty folder context menu.reg'. Just double-click on it to remove the entry.

How it works

This tweak is very simple. The context menu entry calls the following console commands, one by one.

  • cmd.exe /c - to open a new command prompt window.
  • choice - to show a confirmation. The command looks as follows: choice /c:yn /m "Are you sure you want to delete everything in the folder '%1'?"
  • errorlevel - to analyze your input. Here is the command: if errorlevel 2 exit. If you type N in the console, the command sequence will be aborted. Errorlevel = 2 means the second option in 'choice'.
  • Finally, the last command does the trick. It removes the target directory and its contents, then re-creates a new empty folder with the same name. cmd /c rd /s /q "%1" & md "%1".

That's it.

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