First, I’m not a techie, so elaborate code-based explanations will fly right by me. Apologies. Anyway, I installed gpg4win on Windows 7 as directed, including GPA. I’ve taken care of the certificates via Kleopatra. But that’s about all it will let me do. When I right-click to encrypt, no such option appears - there’s no mention of GnuPG at all. It’s like Kleopatra & GPA installed, but nothing that will allow me to actually encrypt. There are no encryption options in Kleopatra (should there be?) or elsewhere. As I said, I can’t do it by right-clicking either. And I can’t find any actual gpg4win or GnuPG software on my system, just documentation; though this may be as it should be. I need to encrypt webmail (which I can do by encrypting the text first), so any alternative options would also be very welcome. Thanks!
File Menu>Sign/Encrypt Files
This opens a dialogue to choose the file, after which you will be presented with a number of options.
If you are using a 64 bit operating system, there will be no right-click options as 64 bit OS is not yet supported.
You will not see any software other than Kleopatra, GPA and Claws-Mail if you chose to install them. GPG itself can be used from the command line.
I use Windows 7, 64 bits, and Gpg4Win with Enigmail for Thunderbird. It is true that no right click options exist within Windows file manager for 64 bit systems and this has been noted (and regretted) in other threads on this forum.
However, I do use Kleopatra for both signing/encrypting files and for decrypting/verifying files as well as for certificate management. These operations are under the File menu. (as is ‘create new certificate’ which I originally looked for under the Certificates Menu). This works for me with one important ‘proviso’.
When you ask Kleopatra to sign/verify a file, a file manager dialogue box opens for you to select the file(s) concerned. Within this Kleopatra box, I do have right click options for sign/encrypt and for ‘More GpgEx options’ BUT if I try to use these right click options, the joy in my heart soon turns to despair. Kleopatra stalls and task manager shows that Kleopatra is not responding. I’ve waited for up to half an hour but the condition seems to be permanent. So only thing to do is to stop Kleopatra using task manager (just occasionally I need to kill a Kleopatra process as well).
So to use Kleopatra for these operations, select the file in the Kleopatra file selection box and then use the ‘open’ button down at lower right in this box. This will be followed by other dialogs and then the passphrase will be required and all goes well.
Kleopatra seem fragile under Windows7 (64). It is the slowest application I have to launch (minutes rather than seconds). And if left unattended for a lengthy period, it stops responding, cannot be reanimated and my only solution is to kill the process. However, it does work.
“Within this Kleopatra box, I do have right click options for sign/encrypt and for ‘More GpgEx options’ BUT if I try to use these right click options, the joy in my heart soon turns to despair. Kleopatra stalls and task manager shows that Kleopatra is not responding.” - philip jackson
Yes, same here. This also has the unfortunate effect of preventing one from directly encrypting a folder. The folder must first be compressed with another program before becoming selectable in the dialogue. This is one of the reasons I prefer to use the command line.