Tuesday, March 10, 2015

How to Add a Program to Right-Click Context Menu in Windows

In previous post, I have explained you how to add a backup folder to send-to context menu and here, I am going to explain something similar to it. In this tutorial, I am going to explain you, how to add a program to Windows context menu. After adding this option you can easily open your favorite program from any place (inside folder or directory) of Windows in a click.

Chrome browser context menu

Follow the below steps in order to add a program shortcut to right-click context menu. In this tutorial, I am going to add chrome browser shortcut to the context menu.

Step 1. Press Win+R and enter regedit then press Enter key.

Win R regedit

Step 2. Browse to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell as shown below.

Registory editor shell

Step 3. Right-Click on shell->New->Key. A new key added under shell.

shell add key

Step 4. Rename the key as per your program name. Here, I renamed it as Chrome Browser.

new folder Chrome browser

Step 5. Right-Click on newly created key(Here, Chrome Browser) –> New –> Key and rename the key as command.

new folder command

Step 6. Get your program .exe file location.

To open my Chrome Browser file location, I right click on the Chrome shortcut on my desktop –> Properties –> Open file location .

Chrome properties

Step 7. Shift+Right-Click on .exe file –> Copy as path.

Chrome location

Step 8. Click on “command” key of registry editor, and then double click on (Default). A new string edit window pops up. Paste the copied path under Value data  and click OK.

Edit string

once you click OK, it will look like the below screen shot.


Right click on your desktop and verify if the program added to your context menu is working or not.

Chrome browser context menu

You can add as many programs as you want. Just follow the same steps. If you have any queries please do let me know in comments section.

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