If you use a particular program too often then you may want to launch the program more easily. You can manage to open the program just in two clicks. In this article, we are going to show how to include any program in your right-click context menu. So that, whenever you may need to use the program you can easily do it by right-clicking on an item in File Explorer and then clicking on the name of the program.
How to add any program to right-click context menu
Follow these steps to add the desirable program to right-click context menu-
1. Click on the Windows icon and type “regedit“.
2.Then, hit “Enter” from your keyboard to access the Regisry Editor.
3. Now,simply expand this location-
4. Now, on the right click on the “shell” key and then click on “New>” and then on “Key“.
5. Name the key as the application name (We have named it “PainDotNet” .)
6. Again, right-click on the “PainDotNet” key and then click on “New>” and then on “Key“.
7. Name the key as “command“.
8. Now, on the left-hand side of the Registry Editor window, click on “PainDotNet“.
9. On the right-hand side, right-click on “New>” and then click on “Key“.
10. Name the new key “Icon“.
Minimize the Registry Editor window.
11. Now, press Windows key+E.
12. Navigate to the location of the application on your computer. Note down the location of the application.
Close File Explorer window.
13. Coming back to the Registry Editor window, double click on “Icon“.
14. In the Edit String window, set the ‘Value data:‘ as the path of the application (which you have noted just before.)
15. Click on “OK“.
NOTE– For us, we have copy-pasted this-
16. Same way, double click on “(Default)” string.
17. In the Edit String window, set the ‘Value data:‘ as whatever you wish to appear in the right-click context menu.
(For us it is – Paints it with Paint.Net. Whenever we will right-click on an item, ‘Paint it with Paint.Net‘ will appear. )
18. Click on “OK” to save the changes on your computer.
19. Now, on the left-hand side of the Registry Editor window, click on the key “command“.
20. On the right-hand side, double click on “(Default)” to modify it.
21. Set the ‘Value data:’ to the ” “application location” “%1” ” .
As for this pc, the value data will look like this- the location of ‘ Paint.Net “%1” ‘. or in actual words, it will this –
"C:\Program Files\paint.net\PaintDotNet.exe" "%1"
22. Click on “OK” to save the changes.
Close Registry Editor window.
You may need to reboot your computer to witness the changes.
From now on whenever you right-click on an item in File Explorer window, the application handle will appear in the context menu, just like this-
Sambit is a Mechanical Engineer By qualification who loves to write about Windows 10 and solutions to weirdest possible problems.