JDcontextmenu: enhance Windows’ right-click menu with a host of useful functions


JDcontextmenu is a free app that installs a wide range of commands in Windows’ right click context menu.

You’ve seen many of these before; here’s a list: “copy full path”, “”copy name”, CMD line here, MD5 checksum, FileDateTime Stamp, Create new folder(s), send fullname by email as a link, add file to startup folder, clear folders and a favorites folder function; conveniently, however JDcontextmenu allows you to pick and choose the configuration you want and the order in which they appear.

A nice little utility that provides a number of useful tools at your fingertips, and packages them neatly in a single context menu entry.

Most of these functions are self explanatory (copy full path, copy name, CMD line here, MD5 checksum, FileDateTime Stamp, send fullname by email as link, add file to startup folder); however, here are a few notes that may be of interest:

  1. Lets you pick and choose: the functions you would like to display and use.
  2. jdcontextmenu clear foldersThe “clear folders” function: is interesting. It allows you to right click and clear temp files or empty folders from a folder. You can define your own wildcard/pattern for the kind of files you want to delete (see screenshot to the right).
  3. The “new folder” function: also interesting. Can create a bunch of numbered folders.
  4. The favorite folders function: lets you define favorite folders and access them via the context menu (see screenshot to the right). But this is flawed, unfortunately, as (a) it only works when you are right clicking on a file or folder (as opposed to when you are just hovering on the desktop), (b) it doesn’t work in windows open/save dialogs, and (c) it requires users to restart Windows explorer when adding jdcontextmenu screenshot - favorite foldersor changing favorite folders for the changes to “take”, which is rather inconvenient.
  5. 32 bit only: no 64 bit version, unfortunately.

Wish list (or how this program can be even better)

  • A 64 bit version: please
  • The ability to install entries in the root of the context menu: rather than within the JDcontextmenu entry, as an option.
  • A better favorite folder function: see point #4 above.

The verdict: a nice utility overall. I am very keen on cool functions added to the right click menu (see Shell Tools, Open++, QwikTulz, and my favorite FileMenu Tools).

I’ve already gone over my wish list above on how JDcontextmenu can be better, but will re-iterate the hope that the would release a 64 bit version as I am running a 64 bit version of Windows and cannot use it on my machine. If you’re running a 32 bit version of windows definitely check this one out you will like it.

Version Tested: 1.3

Compatibility: Windows 9x, ME, NT4, 2000, XP, 2003. I tested on Windows 7, so I would add Windows 7 and Vista to this list. 32 bit OS’s only.

The program page no longer exists, but you can download ver. 1.3 of the program here.

  • Kent Dyer

    Hi Samer!

    What is the difference between this and FileMenu Tools?




  • I’ve tried everything discussed on this page (up to the point of this writing, that is), and I think FileMenu Tools is just about the best of this type of tool out there.

    Not only that, looking at the JDContextmenu web site, I see:

    Program Requirements / Info

    • Windows 9x, ME, NT4, 2000, XP, 2003
    • Admin rights

    This thing’s only been tested/tweaked up through XP/2003. That means no tweaking/testing for Vista, 2008 or now Win7… all of which (particularly the 64-bit versions) are VERY different from XP in many areas.

    FileMenu Tools, on the other hand, has been updated as recently (as of this writing) as July 2009. And from what I can tell, FileMenu Tools just generally outfeatures/outperforms JDContextmenu.

    There’s no decision to be made here, from MY perspective. FileMenu Tools is my favorite, too… and I’ll be sticking with it.

    Gregg DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

  • Free

    I use another tool, its called Lammer Context Menu.
    It has a lots of features and is very promissing with integrated search and replace.

    Support from Windows XP to Windows 7 32/64bits

  • bolgwrad

    Yep, FileMenuTools is far and away the best context menu extension of this type. It’s transparent as far as Explorer goes (ie doesn’t add anything you don’t want) and you can add anycommand, file or shortcut you like.

  • Samer

    @ Kent, Gregg, bolgwrad: I agree that FileMenu Tools is *probably* the best such app in this class. I did give it a mention in my “verdict” section above.

    @Free: Lammer Context Menu is pretty cool. Thanks for letting me know about it. Check out my review of it below: