When you download files from the Internet, Windows adds zone information to it and stores it in the file's NTFS alternate steam. Windows 10 shows you a security warning every time you try to open it. Some file types are fully blocked from opening. SmartScreen, a security feature of Windows 10, causes this behavior. But even if SmartScreen is turned off, you still get a warning and need to unblock downloaded files. To save your time, you can add a special context menu to unblock files faster.
To save your time, you can add a special context menu entries, so you will be able to unblock the selected file or all files in a folder. See the following screenshots:
Here's how it can be done.
To Add Unblock File Context Menu in Windows 10,
- Download the following ZIP archive: Download ZIP archive.
- Extract its contents to any folder. You can place the files directly to the Desktop.
- Unblock the files.
- Double click on the Add Unblock Context Menu.reg file to merge it.
- To remove the entry from the context menu, use the provided file Remove Unblock Context Menu.reg.
You are done!
How it works
The Registry files above utilize the following PowerShell commands:
- For files:
powershell.exe Unblock-File '%1'. The command will be added to the Registry branch
- For all files in the folder (non-recursive):
powershell.exe dir '%1' | Unblock-File
- For all files in the folder (recursively):
powershell.exe dir '%1' -Recurse | Unblock-File
The last two commands will be added to the
Tip: See how to go to a Registry key with one click.
The undo tweak removes them.
The mentioned PowerShell commands are reviewed in detail in the following articles:
- How to unblock files downloaded from Internet in Windows 10
- Batch unblock files downloaded from Internet in Windows 10
If you are interested in learning why Windows is blocking downloaded files, see
- Disable downloaded files from being blocked in Windows 10
- Beware: Chromium-based Browsers Save Download Origin URL for Files