How to Add Menu Items Under the Right-Click or Context Menu

Posted February 9, 2006 by William_Wilson in Windows

This tutorial explains how to add programs to the right-click menu.


Note: I will be adding a link for command.com or a DOS prompt since that is what was specifically requested, but any application can be added in similar fashion.

Right-click on File:.

    -Open regedit. (Go to Start\Run; type regedit.)
    -Expand until you are in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell.
    -If the key ‘shell’ does not exist, right-click on * and add a new key. Name it “shell.”
    -To add the item, right-click on shell, and create a new key. The name of this key will be what appears in the menu. I named mine “cmd.”
    -Next, right-click your newly created key, and create another key under it named “command.”
    -Double-click the default entry in this folder, and type in command.exe.
    -(If you are doing a different program, you would do the complete path to that program instead of command.exe.)
    Now, when you right-click on a file, the option to open a command prompt will be there.

Right-click on Folder addition:

    (I realize there is a tech-recipe for this already, but now it is all in one place.)
    -Open regedit.
    -Expand until you are in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell.
    -If the key ‘shell’ does not exist, right-click on Folder and add a new key. Name it “shell.”
    -To add the item, right-click on shell, and create a new key. The name of this key will be what appears in the menu. I named mine “cmd.”
    -Next, right-click your newly created key, and create another key under it named “command.”
    -Double-click the default entry in this folder, and type in command.exe.
    Now, when you right-click on a folder, the option to open a command prompt will be there.

Enjoy addition of any program you wish.
As always questions may be sent to [email protected]

-William. ยง (marvin_gohan)

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