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How to add an application to the context menu of the Windows desktop?

By Vitus White
Published in How To
May 11, 2020
1 min read

If you need really quick access to launch a frequently used application, without adding additional icons to the desktop, you can add this application to the desktop context menu:

  1. Open egedit.exe through the search bar or Win + R.
  2. Go to the path HKEY_classes_ROOT Directory Background shell.
  3. Right-click the shell folder.
  4. Select Create from the menu, then Section.
  5. Give the new key the name that you want to display in the desktop context menu. For example, Notepad.
  6. Right-click on the created folder.
  7. Select New from the menu, then Section.
  8. Give this section the name command in lower case.
  9. Click on the command folder.
  10. Click on the Default file on the right side.
  11. Paste the full path to the executable file. For example, if it is notepad, then C: Windows System32 notepad.exe, quotation marks are required.

Now, if you right-click on the desktop, a new menu item will appear. Naturally, clicking on this menu item should start notepad.


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