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October 22nd at 8:52am
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Add entry to the windows context menu via registry


Want to have extra items on your context menu? Here is how!

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Hi folks,

this post I will be showing how you can add entries to the context menu in windows.

In this example I will be creating a shortcut that will open all selected images (not just one) [.bmp, .png, .jpg and so on] with Photoshop.

Lets break that code down:

Line 1 - Version of Registery Editor used.
Line 2 - blank space

Line 3 - Here you specify the associated file types and storage of the command: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\image
And that you want to execute a command on the program listed then after. You can also change the name: \Open With Photoshop\ Just replace "Open With Photoshop" with your name.
Line 4 - Full path to the program you want the files to be opened with. Note that the back slashes are escaped using double slashes.

Line 5 - This will tell the registry where to link the action. Should be linked to the currentVersion of Windows in the explorer.
Line 6 - Last line will store the info in a dword value that can be read by Windows.

Once done you have the option in your context menu now:


Edit every file with your editor

You can do this will almost every program. And also change the action to something different if you like.
For example if you want to have an edit action on every filetype for Sublime Text 3 you can do this:

That will be then listed as (below Run as administrator):

Thats it. I hope this will help some people.

Over and out,

Aebian