Windows 10 context menu items missing when more than 15 files are selected

If you have selected more than 15 files in File Explorer of Windows 10, you might be surprised that commands like Open, Print, and Edit disappear from the context menu. In this article, we will see how to allow all context menu registry verbs for more than 15 files selected.


This issue is not new to Windows 10. It also affects Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows Vista.  In File Explorer, there is a limitation added by Microsoft intentionally. When you select more than 15 files, File Explorer disables certain context menu commands. This is to avoid performing context menu registry actions on a large number of files at once which can cause the computer to stop responding.

The Edit and Print commands are visible for 10 selected files: Windows 10 edit print for 10 files

As soon as the 16th file is selected, they disappear: Windows 10 no edit print for 16 files

If you need to get context menu entries working for more than 15 files, there is a simple Registry tweak to unblock them. Here is how it can be done.

Enable context menu commands for more than 15 files in Windows 10

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following Registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

    Tip: see How to jump to the desired registry key with one click.
    Windows 10 explorer key

  3. Create a 32-bit DWORD value named MultipleInvokePromptMinimum. Windows 10 new 32 bit dword create new MultipleInvokePromptMinimum Even if you are running 64-bit Windows, you still need to create a 32-bit DWORD value.
    Set its value data in decimals to the number of items in Explorer for which you wish to have commands like Open, Edit, or Print visible. In the example below, I set the DWORD value data to 200 in decimals, so context menu commands will remain accessible for up to 200 selected files. Set MultipleInvokePromptMinimum to 200
  4. Restart Explorer or sign out and sign in back to your Windows account.

Now, you can select 16 files again and see that the missing context menu items are visible now.

Context menu enabled for 200 files Even if you have lifted this restriction, we advise you to not select a large number of files and do batch actions on them using Explorer.

To save your time, use Winaero Tweaker. It has the appropriate option under the Context Menu category: winaero-tweaker-15-files-context-menu You can get the app here: Download Winaero Tweaker.

That's it.

9 thoughts on “Windows 10 context menu items missing when more than 15 files are selected

  1. Mark W

    This also stops users opening more than 15* files at once. I found this ‘feature’ one of the reasons I hate Windows 7. I have to use it at work and guess what, I frequently have to open up to 24 documents at a time… I hadn’t realised they had carried on this madness into Windows 10.

    THANKS for this way to turn it off!

    *I assume it’s limited to 15, certainly it’s limited to a certain number.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome

      Reply
  2. Thorsten Albrecht

    I’ve used this tool since about 8 years. Now I do not use it anymore because my preferred file manager Xyplorer is able to create junctions or symbolic links. And since Dropbox uses 10 overlay icons the overlay icon option of LinkShellExtension is completely usesless.

    Reply
  3. mang isda

    Hi. I followed the instructions but it did not work. I’d love for it to work. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Hello sir.
      Which build you are running?

      Reply
  4. George

    Hi Segey,
    please instruct me how to reduce the kontextmenu in Vivaldi Browser.

    Thank you so much – many of the extensions are very disturbing

    Regards,
    George

    Reply
  5. Eban

    Hi – I have Win 10 (1809). I tested and the limit was 15. I made the addition of the entry and tried different values (first 99 decimal and then 81 decimal) and it seems that no matter what decimal number I use, there is no longer any limit. (I selected 1200 mp3s and it was going to let me open them with musicbee).

    Did I miss something?

    Where:

    Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

    What:

    MultipleInvokePromptMinimum

    Value 81 decimal, 51 hexadecimal.

    I signed off and on each time.

    Reply
    1. Eban

      Follow-up:

      Never mind. Windows 10 is a garbage operating system that is full of bugs. This is the fault of Microsoft.

      Reply
      1. Eban

        More follow up…

        If you set the value to 16 (dec.) of greater, the complete context menu is visible for any number of files selected…however if the files you have selected exceeds the number you have set the value to, it only opens one.

        It will open any amount up to the number you have set the value to.

        Reply

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