Add Any Application to the Windows Desktop Context Menu

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This tutorial will show how you can add your favourite applications in Windows desktop context menu for quick access.

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Step 1:
Run “regedit.exe” and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell
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Step 2:
Create a new key under the “shell” key by right-clicking on it, and then choose New > Key from the menu. Name the key anything you want to show up on the desktop context menu. For this tutorial, I’ll be using Notepad.

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Optionals:

  • You can set the shortcut to show only when you press the Shift key. For this create a new “String Value” in the right-side pane of Notepad key with name “Extended.”
  • For quicker access using keyboard, add an “&” character in front of the letter you want to use, by modifying the (Default) value. Ex. &Notepad.

Step 3:
Next create a new key under the “Notepad” key with the name “command.” This is the key that will hold the path to the application.

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Now you need to browse to the exact application location and copy it’s full path.

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Once you get that double-click on (Default) value and paste in the full path.
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Once it’s done, it should look like this:

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Now if you right-click on your desktop, you should get a menu like this:

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Step 4:
In this step we will define the shortcut icon and position.

To define an icon for the shortcut, select the “Notepad” key created in Step 3 and in right-side pane, create a new String value with name “Icon.” Set its value to your desired icon or the path of program’s EXE file.

To set the shortcut position in the context menu, create a new String value “Position” and set its value to either Top (as seen in above image) or Bottom (as seen in final image).

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That’s it! The final result will be like this:

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You can add any number of applications you want to the desktop context menu by following the steps again.

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