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Add any program to Right Click Menu

When you right click on folder, What you see ?  A list of menu options called as “Context Menu”.  It has lot of options like Open, explore,Copy,cut Etc. Ever wondered how can you add your own customized option in this menu?  See an example below .

Right Click menuRight Click menu

Isn’t  that cool ?

Well, Why you are showing me this ? Why would I ever need it ?

There can be couple of reasons why you might do this :-

  • If you love to customize your OS ,
  • If you enjoy playing with your computer configuration,
  • You frequently open a site while browsing in any folders,
  • You frequently open notepad to edit things, Why to go to start menu to open notepad when you can simply open it from anywhere just by right click

There are many many possibility depends on how creatively you think . If you have questions or get an idea but could not figure out how to do, ask me from comment box and I would be happy to guide you.

Alright, I get it. Show me how can I add program to right click menu

We are going to accomplish this by modifying the registry. If you are not so sure what registry is, you should read Introduction to Windows Registry  and then Launching the registry Editor Tool .

Let’s go .

Step 1.  Open registry editor by typing regedit in run dialog box or from a command prompt.

Step 2. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell
add folder to right clickadd folder to right click

Step 3. Right click on Shell  and select create a new key. Name it anything you like. Does not matter.
new registry keynew registry key

For instance I have given the key name “WinTechGeek”.

Step 4 . In the right side, you will see a value name “Default”. Double click on it and put a name.

Whatever You put in this Default Value,will appear in the right click Menu.Again I will use WinTechGeek.

Step 5 : Right Click on the newly Created Key again and then select new=>Key.

This time, Name it “Command” as exactly. If you put anything other than Command, It will not work.

Creating new keyCreating new key

creating command key

In the right side of command, you will see a value “Default”.

This is the Key which will execute what ever you want to do from that right click menu. For example,If you want to open a website , put “iexplore http://www.google.com” (replace google with the name of your fav site).

I will put down few commands which you can use,you can think many more

  1. iexplore http://www.websitename.com     –  Open a website of your choice.
  2. notepad.exe                                                              –  Start notepad
  3. Path of any software                                              –  Start that application.
  4. Anything else which you can think of            –  It will do what you thinked
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