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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Add a program to the Context menu: Regedit

March 24, 2018 Posted by jaacostan , , ,
Many times, we may require to open a file using a particular program directly from the right-click context menu.
For a quick example if we want to add Notepad in the context menu, 
Process to add Open in Notepad to the context menu is detailed below :
Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell.
Create a new key under the Shell key. Right-click Shell and select New > Key.
Set the key name to Open In Notepad. This name is your desired text to be shown in the context menu.
Create a new key under the Open In Notepad key. Right-click Open In Notepad and select New > Key.
Set the key name to command. This setting of key is optional though.
Select the (Default) value in the command key and select Modify.
Enter notepad.exe %1 in the Value data field and click OK.

Another example, if you want to see the command prompt in the context menu,
instead of notepad.exe , you can set cmd.exe.

Now right click on any file and you should see and option.  In this example, "Open in CMD".

regedit: adding a context key


Additionally, if you want to open a folder in CMD through the context menu,
Hold the Shift key down while right-clicking.  You should see an option "Open Command Window Here" appear.