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Rename or Delete Special Folders (All Windows) Popular

This setting allows you to rename and delete special folders (such as the Recycle Bin) as if it was a normal folder by right-clicking the icon.

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Open your registry and find the key below, where GUID is the identifier for the special folder.

DescriptionGlobally Unique Identifier (GUID)
Administrative Tools{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}
Briefcase{85BBD92O-42A0-1O69-A2E4-08002B30309D}
Control Panel{21EC2O2O-3AEA-1O69-A2DD-08002b30309d}
Fonts{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524152}
History{FF393560-C2A7-11CF-BFF4-444553540000}
Inbox{00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}
Microsoft Network{00028B00-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}
My Computer{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
My Documents{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}
My Network Places{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
Network Computers{1f4de370-d627-11d1-ba4f-00a0c91eedba}
Network Connections{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E}
Printers and Faxes{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
Programs Folder{7be9d83c-a729-4d97-b5a7-1b7313c39e0a}
Recycle Bin{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
Scanners and Cameras{E211B736-43FD-11D1-9EFB-0000F8757FCD}
Scheduled Tasks{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}
Start Menu Folder{48e7caab-b918-4e58-a94d-505519c795dc}
Temporary Internet Files{7BD29E00-76C1-11CF-9DD0-00A0C9034933}
Web Folders{BDEADF00-C265-11d0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F}

To change the features shown on the context menu, edit the value of "Attributes" and set it to one of the values below, the default value is "40 01 00 20".

File Features

  • 50 01 00 20 - Rename
  • 60 01 00 20 - Delete
  • 70 01 00 20 - Rename and Delete

    Edit Features

  • 41 01 00 20 - Copy
  • 42 01 00 20 - Cut
  • 43 01 00 20 - Copy and Cut
  • 44 01 00 20 - Paste
  • 45 01 00 20 - Copy and Pase
  • 46 01 00 20 - Cut and Copy
  • 47 01 00 20 - Cut, Copy and Paste

    For example to add the ability to Rename and Delete the Recycle Bin open [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\ShellFolder] and change the value of "Attributes" to "70 01 00 20".

    The changes should take effect immediately.

    Note: On Windows XP this tweak changes the File menu not the context menu. Access the features by right-clicking "Explore" -> "File" -> Rename or Delete. Both the Rename and Delete tweaks must be checked together before either tweak will display in Explorer.

    Registry Editor Example
    |NameTypeData|
    |(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
    |AttributesREG_BINARY70 01 00 20|
    -
    |HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{GUID}\ShellFolder|
    -
    Registry Settings
    System Key: [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{GUID}\ShellFolder]
    Value Name: Attributes
    Data Type: REG_BINARY (Binary Value)
    Value Data: (70 01 00 20=rename/delete, 40 01 00 20=default)

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  • Last modified: June 30, 2005