Start Menu - Customize Context Menu


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    Start Menu - Customize Context Menu

    Start Menu - Customize Context Menu
    How to Customize the Start Menu Context Menu in Vista
    Start Menu - Customize Context Menu

    How to Customize the Start Menu Context Menu in Vista

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    When you right click on the Start Menu button (orb) or in the Start menu, you will see the context menu with it's default menu options. This will let you add your own shortcut items to this context menu.

    EXAMPLE: Before and After Start Menu Button (Orb) Context Menu
    Start Menu - Customize Context Menu-start_menu_before-jpgStart Menu - Customize Context Menu-start_menu_after-jpg

    Here's How:
    NOTE: For an example, I will add NotePad to the Start Menu context menu. You can add whatever program shortcuts you like and as many program shortcuts you would like.
    1. Open the Start Menu.

    2. In white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.

    3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.

    4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: It's there, you just have to scroll past all the file extensions.
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell
    5. In left pane, right click on Shell and click on New and Key.
    Start Menu - Customize Context Menu-shell_reg-jpg
    6. Type the name you want to appear in the context menu and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: This will usually be the name of the program. For example: NotePad.
    Start Menu - Customize Context Menu-new_key_shell-jpg
    7. In left pane, right click on the program name (Ex: NotePad) from step 6and click on New and Key. (See screenshot below)
    Start Menu - Customize Context Menu-notepad_key-jpg
    8. Type Command and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
    Start Menu - Customize Context Menu-new_key_notepad-jpg
    9. In the right pane of the Command Key, right click on (Default) and click on Modify. (See screenshot below)
    Start Menu - Customize Context Menu-command-jpg
    10. Type in the full path of the program you want to add a shortcut for and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: For the NotePad example, you would type: C:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe
    Start Menu - Customize Context Menu-modify_command_default-jpg
    11. The registry should now look similar to this, with the NotePad example.
    Start Menu - Customize Context Menu-command2-jpg
    12. Close regedit.

    13. Right click on the Start Menu button (orb) and see the item in the Context Menu. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: You may need to click on a empty space on the desktop and press F5 to refresh the desktop first.
    Start Menu - Customize Context Menu-start_menu_after-jpg
    That's it,
    Shawn




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  2.    27 Jun 2008 #1
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    Re: Start Menu - Customize Context Menu


    I am trying to get the windows explorer shortcut to show up here, but cannot find the location of explorer.exe. %SystemRoot% does not seem to work. Any idea where Windows Explorer can be found? I want to do this since it is impossible to configure the right-click -> Explore option to open to a desired folder. Thanks.
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    Re: Start Menu - Customize Context Menu


    I also want to find out how to add a program to the right click menu within windows explorer, and to open the folder that I right clicked on within windows explorer.
    e.g. I use a music file tagging utility that used to have a right click menu in XP, but has problems with this in Vista 64 bit. It used to open the folder in the program when I right clicked on a folder and chose this program. Any idea how to do this now in Vista 64? Please let me know.
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  4.    27 Jun 2008 #3
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    Re: Start Menu - Customize Context Menu


    Hello Supsuper.

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    Q1) The location for the Windows Explorer EXE is at C:\Windows\explorer.exe .

    Q2) You can right click on the file and use Open With to have that file open in a selected program that supports the file extension type. This tutorial will show you how to if needed.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  5.    23 May 2009 #4
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    Re: Windows Explorer Default Opening


    Despite what most people say I have discovered a way to right click - start - explore to open where you want however it does require a registry edit.

    1. open registry editor and go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\Shell\Explore\Command
    2. rename DelegateExecute to Old-DelegateExecute (or something similar just in case)
    3. I added new string value and left the defaults but this step is probably not neccesary
    4. Change the value of (Default) REG_EXPAND_SIZE to the path you want as in instuctions above. Mine was %SystemRoot%\Explore.exe /e, c:\

    works great!
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  6.    23 May 2009 #5
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    Re: Start Menu - Customize Context Menu


    Great find Steve, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    Shawn
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