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Monday, December 8, 2008

How to add menu items under right-click or context menu

The Windows way
For file icons (Windows Me/2000/XP):

* Select Folder Options from the Tools menu in My

Computer or Explorer, and click the File Types tab.
* Highlight the desired file type, and click Advanced.
* Here, you can specify a new name for this file type

(to be listed in the type column in Explorer), as well as

the default icon for files of this type.
* In the box entitled Actions, is a list of the

customizable context menu items. The bold item is the

default (the action carried out when you double-click on a

file of this type).
* You can add new items, change the default action, and

remove unwanted items here. For new items, simply specify

the program with which you want the action caried out.

For folder icons:

* Run the Registry Editor (REGEDIT.EXE). [Click Start at bottom left desktop for Run and type regedit to press Enter.]
* Open My Computer\ HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ Directory\ shell.
* Select New from the Edit menu, and then select Key.
* Here, type the name of the new item you want added to

the list, and press Enter.
* Highlight the new key, select New from the Edit menu,

and then select Key again.
* Type command for the name of this new key, and press

* Double-click on the (default) value in the right pane,

and type the full path and filename of the application you

want associated with this entry.
* Close the Registry Editor when finished.

For desktop items:

* Use the same method as for folder icons (above).
* To find the registry location of the various desktop

items, refer to Change the Icons of Desktop Items.

The Easy Way
FileMenu Tools allows you to customise the context menu of Windows Explorer. And it lets you:

* Add some built-in utilities that perform operations on files and folders.
* Add customised commands which run external applications, copy/move to a specific folder or delete specific file types.
* Configure the "Send to..." submenu.
* Enable/disable commands which are added by other applications to the context menu.

Download here

Add Defrag As A Context Menu Item A context menu item to launch the command line version of XP’s built-in defragmenter utility.
Copy and paste the text block below into the notepad. Save as defrag.inf in Notepad.
Set the [Save As] type to [All Files] and not the default [Text Documents]

; context_defrag.INF
; Adds Defrag to the right click context menu in Windows XP
HKCR,"Drive\Shell\Defrag\command",,,"DEFRAG.EXE %1"

Right-click the document just created and choose Install. To use it, navigate to a drive in My Computer, right-click and choose [Defrag].

Add the Copy To and Move To Shortcuts to your Context Menu Download registry file here to double click it and add it to the registry. You will now be able to see the Move To and Copy To shortcuts when you right click any file.

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