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Friday, 30 November 2012

Customize your desktop right-click menu

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Today I’ll show you an easy trick, allowing you to add application shortcuts to your desktop right-click menu. Thus you can facilitate access to some of the programs installed on your computer or even to free additional space on your desktop by moving some of the icons in the menu, saving valuable space on the desktop, but at the same time  remaining easily accessible. The only thing you need to do is open the registry editor and add several new lines as explained below. For the next example I will try to add a shortcut to Windows Control Panel in the right-click menu of my desktop.  Let’s see
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1. Open the Start menu, type regedit.exe in the search box and press Enter.
2. Now go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell , create new key and rename it to a name of your choice (in my example it will be Control Panel).  Remember that the name of this key will be exactly the same as will appear in the menu.
3. Right click on Shell, then select New > Key and rename it. You should see something similar to the picture below.


4. Now you need to create a subkey containing the command information required to start the Control Panel   application.  Do this by right-clicking on the key that you just created, then select New > Key and rename this subkey command.
5. To edit the name and data value for the new subkey just double click on the “Default” or the small “ab” icon in the right hand window.
6. Then in the Value data field enter full path to the .exe file of the program you wish to start.  In this example it must be   C:\WINDOWS\system32\control.exe . 
 Here is the place to mention that .exe files of the various programs may have different locations on the hard drive, so you will probably need to find them manually. However, there are two basic rules you should follow. As you may know Control Panel is a system component so we can say that it is part of the operating system that was installed during the installation of Windows.
Therefore you must look for it in the C:\WINDOWS\system32 folder as this is the defalt installation folder for all system applications.On the other hand, all user programs (like multimedia players, browsers, office tools, etc.) should be located in C:\Program Files but this entirely depends on how your system is organized.
7.This is the final result of our example. Note that you can add as many programs as you wish, simply by repeating the steps above.

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