Add Anaconda Prompt To Right-Click

Add Anaconda prompt to right-click (Win11)

This guide will show you how to add an “Open with Conda” option to the right-click context menu in Windows. This option will enable you to open a Conda prompt in a specific folder with an active base environment.


  • Anaconda3 installed (For this example, it’s installed in C:\Conda3)
  • Administrative rights to edit the Windows Registry



Backup the Registry

Always backup your registry before making changes.


Open Registry Editor

Type regedit into the Windows search bar
Run as administrator


Navigate to Registry Path

Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell


Create New Key for Conda

Right-click on shell
Create a new key and name it AnacondaPrmompt
Give it the value Open with Conda (Or anything you like to appear in the context-menu)

Navigate to Shell in Regedit

Add an Icon (Optional)

Right-click on AnacondaPrompt
Create a new String Value and name it Icon
Set its value to the path of the icon you want to use, for example, C:\Conda3\_conda.exe

Navigate to Shell in Regedit
Anaconda Prompt Values

Create Command Key

Right-click on AnacondaPrompt
Create a new key and name it command
In the command key, edit the (Default) value to: cmd.exe /K C:\Conda3\Scripts\activate.bat

Navigate to Shell in Regedit
Anaconda Prompt Values

The cmd.exe /K option is used to run the command and then return the command prompt, essentially keeping the window open. Here’s the breakdown:

  • cmd.exe: This is the command-line interpreter for Windows.
  • /K: This option carries out the command specified and then returns a command prompt. This allows you to continue using the window for other commands.


Right-click on any folder background and you should see the “Open with Conda” option. In Windows 11 it is an additional click. Click the “Show more options” on your context menu and then you should see the “Open with Conda” option along the Icon you chose for the command.

Windows Contact Menu
Open with Conda

Now when you press the menu option: Open with Conda you should see a screen like this (based on the folder where you initiated the command)

Windows Contact Menu

The base environment is active and you can activate your preferred Conda isolated environment with the command: ‘conda activate yourEnvName‘ (replace yourEnvName with the name of your conda environment)

Conclusion on Add Anaconda Prompt to Right-Click

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