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Add Sync Center Context Menu in Windows 10

Sync Center is an applet of the classic Control Panel app in Windows 10. It comes with a number of useful features, including Offline Files. If you are frequently using the Offline Files feature, then you need quick access to Sync Center. To access it faster, you can add a special context menu to the Desktop.

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Offline Files is a special feature of Windows that allows you to access files stored on a network share locally, even when you are not connected to that network. In modern Windows version, it includes a special "Always Offline" mode, that saves your bandwidth by syncing files between your PC and the appropriate network share periodically.

What is the Offline Files Feature

Offline Files makes network files available to a user, even if the network connection to the server is unavailable or slow. When working online, file access performance is at the speed of the network and server. When working offline, files are retrieved from the Offline Files folder at local access speeds. A computer switches to Offline Mode when:

  • Always Offline mode has been enabled
  • The server is unavailable
  • The network connection is slower than a configurable threshold
  • The user manually switches to Offline Mode by using the Work offline button in File Explorer

Note: The Offline Files feature is available

  • In Windows 7 in the Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.
  • In Windows 8 in the Pro and Enterprise editions.
  • In Windows 10 in the Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

Sync Center Context Menu

To save your time and quickly access the options of Sync Center, you can add the following context menu.

Windows 10 Sync Center Context Menu

To add the Sync Center context menu in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Download the following ZIP archive: Download ZIP archive.
  2. Extract its contents to any folder. You can place the files directly to the Desktop.
  3. Unblock the files.
  4. Double click on the Add Sync Center Desktop Context Menu.reg file to merge it.
  5. To remove the entry from the context menu, use the provided file Remove Sync Center Desktop Context Menu.reg.

You are done!

How it works

The Registry files add the following commands to the Registry, under the key

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\SyncCenterMenu

Open Sync Center

explorer.exe shell:::{9C73F5E5-7AE7-4E32-A8E8-8D23B85255BF}

View Sync Conflicts

explorer.exe shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}\\0\\::{9C73F5E5-7AE7-4E32-A8E8-8D23B85255BF}\\::{E413D040-6788-4C22-957E-175D1C513A34}

View Sync Results

explorer.exe shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}\\0\\::{9C73F5E5-7AE7-4E32-A8E8-8D23B85255BF}\\::{BC48B32F-5910-47F5-8570-5074A8A5636A}

Set Up Sync Partnerships

explorer.exe shell:::{26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683}\\0\\::{9C73F5E5-7AE7-4E32-A8E8-8D23B85255BF}\\::{F1390A9A-A3F4-4E5D-9C5F-98F3BD8D935C}

Manage Offline Files

rundll32.exe shell32.dll,control_rundll cscui.dll,,0

Open Offline Files Folder

explorer.exe shell:::{AFDB1F70-2A4C-11d2-9039-00C04F8EEB3E}

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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