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How to Add 7-Zip to Right-click Menu

Is the 7-Zip option not in the right-click menu? It is pretty easy to fix. Follow these steps to add 7-Zip to right-click menu in Windows 10.

7-Zip is one of the most popular software for compressing files and folders. A few of the main reasons for this popularity are that 7-Zip is pretty fast, can compress better, and has many customization options. For example, you can split archives, password-protect with solid encryption, test archives, and more.

When you first install 7-Zip, it will automatically add relevant options to the right-click context menu. For example, you can create an archive, test an archive, find the SHA5 hash of a file, etc. To put it simply, having the 7-Zip options in the right-click menu is pretty useful.

However, the 7-Zip option might not appear in the right-click menu under certain circumstances. i.e., the 7-Zip is not in the right-click menu. This can happen for many reasons, including accidentally removing the option yourself. You have to manually add 7-Zip to the right-click context menu in those cases. It is pretty easy to do. All you have to do is select a checkbox, and you are done.

Without delay, let me show you how to fix 7-Zip not in right-click menu by adding it.  

Add 7-Zip to Right-click Menu

If the 7-Zip option is not available in the right-click menu, you can add it via the 7-Zip settings window. You have to find the appropriate option and select the relevant checkboxes. Let me show you how to do it.

Important note: The steps shown below will work in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

  1. Press the Start key on your keyboard.
  2. Search and open “7-Zip File Manager.”
  3. Click on the “Tools” option.
  4. Choose “Options.”
  5. Go to the “7-Zip” tab.
  6. Select the “Integrate 7-Zip shell context menu” checkbox.
  7. Click “Apply.”
  8. Click the “Ok” button to save changes.
  9. Close the 7-Zip window.
  10. With that, the 7-Zip is added to right-click menu.

Same steps with screenshots and a bit more info:

Since we can only add the 7-Zip option to right-click menu from the 7-Zip settings window, we need to open it first. To do that, search for “7-Zip File Manager” in the Start menu and open it.

open 7-zip file manager

After opening it, click on the “Tools” option and choose “Options.” This action will open the 7-Zip settings window.

open 7-zip options

In the settings window, go to the “7-Zip” tab. Here, select the “Integrate 7-Zip shell context menu” checkbox. If you are using a 32-bit PC, also select the “Integrate 7-Zip shell context menu (32-bit)” checkbox.

You can pick and choose which 7-Zip options to appear in the right-click menu if you want to. To remove unnecessary options, uncheck the checkboxes under the “Context menu items” section. For example, I removed options like Compress and Email, Test Archive, etc.

Finally, click the “Apply” and “Ok” buttons to save changes.

add 7-zip to right-click menu

That is all. The 7-Zip option is added to the right-click menu. To check it, right-click on any file or folder, and you should see the 7-Zip options. If you are running Windows 11, right-click and then click on “Show more options” to see the 7-Zip options.

7-zip added to the right-click menu

I hope this simple and straightforward Windows 11 how-to guide helped you.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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