How to Add or Remove the Take Ownership Entry in the Right Click Menu

Do you need an easy way to add the Take Ownership entry to the right-click menu in Windows 7 or Windows 8? If you do, we have two options for you, both of them quick and reliable. They work with both Windows Explorer and File Explorer.

NOTE: If you access this option from the contextual menu, the owner of the selected file or folder will automatically change to your username.

Add a Take Ownership Entry to the Right Click Menu - Method 1

There are several ways to add the Take Ownership option to the right click menu in Windows or File Explorer. The quickest is to use an application named Ownership. You can find it here: Downloads Datumza. There you will see several apps listed. Look for the one named Ownership and download it to your computer.

Take Ownership, right click, Windows 7, Windows 8, explorer

Extract the archive you just downloaded and run the Ownership.exe file. A UAC (User Account Control) prompt is displayed. Confirm that you want the application to run.

Take Ownership, right click, Windows 7, Windows 8, explorer

Then, click Install. That’s it!

Add a Take Ownership Entry to the Right Click Menu - Method 2

Another way is to edit the Windows Registry and add some custom entries at HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\takeownership.

Since this is complex thing to do manually, we have created a registry file that you can download and run.

It is found in the archive attached at the end of this article. Download the archive and extract its contents. You will see a file named Add_Take_Ownership.reg. Run it!

Take Ownership, right click, Windows 7, Windows 8, explorer

You will receive several prompts. First, a security warning is shown. Press Run.

Take Ownership, right click, Windows 7, Windows 8, explorer

Then, a User Account Control (UAC) prompt is shown. Click Yes.

Take Ownership, right click, Windows 7, Windows 8, explorer

Then, the Registry Editor asks you whether you want to run this file. Click Yes.

Take Ownership, right click, Windows 7, Windows 8, explorer

Finally, you are informed that the keys and values contained in this file were added to the Windows Registry. Click OK.

Take Ownership, right click, Windows 7, Windows 8, explorer

Talk about encountering too many prompts. :)

At the end of this exercise, right click on any folder, and you will see the Take Ownership entry.

Take Ownership, right click, Windows 7, Windows 8, explorer

Remove the Take Ownership Entry - Method 1

If you have used the Ownership application to add the Take Ownership to the right-click menu, you can remove this entry using the same program.

Run the Ownership.exe file, click Yes in the UAC prompt and then click Uninstall.

Take Ownership, right click, Windows 7, Windows 8, explorer

Without any further confirmation, the entry is removed.

Remove the Take Ownership Entry - Method 2

You can also use the archive attached at the end of this article. Download it and extract its contents. You will see a file named Remove_Take_Ownership.reg.

Take Ownership, right click, Windows 7, Windows 8, explorer

Run it and you will go through the exact same prompts that were displayed when adding this entry. Confirm that you want to run this file and let it do its thing. Now the Take Ownership entry is removed from the right-click menu in Windows/File Explorer.

Conclusion

The two solutions mentioned in this article will help you take ownership of files and folders with minimum effort. I hope you found them useful.

For more useful tips and tricks, read the articles recommended below.

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