Vista ~ Customizing Your Start Menu Context


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How to customize your Start menu context.

NOTE: For an example, we will add NotePad to the Start Menu context menu. You can add whatever program shortcuts you like and as many program shortcuts you would like.

1. Open the Start Menu.
2. In white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.
3. Click Continue for the UAC prompt. (unless you've disabled this already)
4. In regedit, go to:
NOTE: It's there, you just have to scroll past all the file extensions.

5. In left pane, right click on Shell and click New and click Key.

6. Type the name you want to appear in the context menu and press Enter.
NOTE: This will usually be the name of the program. For example: NotePad.

7. In left pane, right click on the program name (Ex: NotePad) from step 6and click New and click Key.

8. Type Command and press Enter.

9. In the right pane of the Command Key, right click on (Default) and click Modify.

10. Type in the full path of the program you want to add a shortcut for and click OK.
NOTE: For the NotePad example, you would type: C:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe

11. Close regedit.

12. Right click on the Start Menu button (orb) and see the item in the Context Menu.
NOTE: You may need to click on a empty space on the desktop and press F5 to refresh the desktop first.