Make Open Linux Shell Here Always Visible in Windows 10

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If you are using the Bash On Ubuntu feature in Windows 10, here is good news for you. Starting in Windows 10 Build 17672, the OS includes a native context menu command "Open Linux Shell Here", which appears in the extended context menu of folders (when you hold the Shift key). Here's how to make it always visible.

In recent Windows 10 versions, Windows Subsystem for Linux comes with plenty of cool features. Not only can you install and run multiple Linux distros, but also for your convenience, they are available right in the Microsoft Store. As of this writing, you can install openSUSE Leap, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Debain, Kali Linux, and Ubuntu.

Starting with Windows 10 build 17046, Windows Subsytem for Linux (WSL) has got support for long-running background tasks, similar to how the Windows subsystem has Services. This is a really impressive change for users of WSL who work with servers like Apache or apps like screen or tmux. Now they can run in the background like regular Linux daemons.

If you use WSL frequently, you might find it useful to have a special context menu command "Open Linux shell here" that opens the Bash console in the desired folder with one click. To get it working, ensure that you are running at least Windows 10 Build 17672. Then do the following.

Open Linux Shell Here Context Menu in Windows 10

  1. Enable WSL if you don't have it enabled.
  2. Install the desired distro from the Store.
  3. Restart Windows 10 when prompted.
  4. Open File Explorer, press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard, then right-click on a folder.
  5. In the context menu, you'll see a new command "Open Linux shell here".

The command opens a new bash console in the selected folder.

To save your time, you can make it always visible, so the command will be accessible permanently without having to hold down the Shift key.

Make 'Open Linux Shell Here' Always Visible in Windows 10

  1. Download the ExecTI freeware and start regedit.exe using it. This will open the Registry Editor app with the highest privilege level.
  2. Go to the following location in Regedit.

    Tip: See how to go to a Registry key with one click.

  3. Remove the "Extended" string value.
  4. Now, go to the key
  5. Delete the "Extended" string value here.

You are done. The 'Open Linux shell here' command will appear in the context menu, so you can save your time.

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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