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Add "Take Ownership" to Right-Click Menu

Posted On 2009-01-22 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Windows 7 Take Ownership Right Click Context Menu
Tags: Software Hack/Tweak Tip Windows 7
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To take ownership of a file or directory, you'd normally right click the object, select properties, open the security tab, click advanced, open the owner tab, select a new owner, then click apply.

With this handy little registry edit, you can add the "Take Ownership" option to the right click context menu, saving time and mouse clicks.

Be mindful of line wrapping on the longer lines below.

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas]
@="Take Ownership"
"Extended"=""
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas\command]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas]
@="Take Ownership"
"Extended"=""
"NoWorkingDirectory"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas\command]
@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"
"IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"


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