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Add Application Context Menu Windows 10
Add Application Context Menu Windows 10

Add Application Context Menu Windows 10

Add Application Context Menu Windows 10 is quite easy to create. The menu that appears when you give a right mouse click on a specific location, new entries, items, buttons or functions. Which allows tasks, access programs, open directories or run a function to select a file or folder.

You can create shortcuts to places that are accessed often, frequently used tools. All this is possible by creating a key in the right place in the Windows registry that contains the required command. Anyone can do what follows is not necessary any advanced knowledge.

If you want to access fast to launch a frequently used application without putting additional icons on your desktop. You can add the application to the context menu for the desktop with a simple registry hack.

Add Application Context Menu Windows 10

For today’s lesson we’ll show you how to add VLC Media Player to the menu, but could add any application you want in place. If you don’t have VLC media player you should download VLC media player.

windows registry editor caution

windows registry editor caution

The Windows registry (Regedit) is a file in hexadecimal instruction is composed of a series of instructions, services, applications and necessary for the proper functioning of the operating system configurations. When we make a change in this record we risk this stop functioning properly and thus, our operating system will no longer do so and also without backup, it is very difficult to restore proper operation. Therefore, you must “take backup of Windows registry“.

To apply this Windows Features you should open Windows Registry Tool and browse the following Regedit path step by step or you can jump to target Windows Registry Tool with single click.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell

The screen should look like this if you are in the right place. Then you’ll want to create a new key under the shell key, the name of which is exactly what will appear on the desktop menu. Click the “shell” key, then select New Key from the menu.

Give the new key name you want to appear in the desktop context menu such as VLC Media Player. Now type the name of application which you want to add in context menu, just as “VLC media player

Next create a new key under “VLC media player” key

Add Application Context Menu Windows 10

Add Application Context Menu Windows 10

Name the new created key “command“, always use “command” key name in lower case. After creating the “command” key now in right pane click on “Default” and copy past the complete path of the application in double commas.  In my case is ” “C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe”

Add Application Context Menu Windows 10

Add Application Context Menu Windows 10

Click on OK button and exit the Windows Registry Editor, and right click on desktop.

After applying anyone method from above you will see the following User Account ControlUAC“. This UAC will confirm “Do you want to allow this app to make change to your device?“. So if you want to open Windows Registry Editor tool you should click on “Yes”

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