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Windows 7: Adding Tooltips/Info tips to any folder

08 Sep 2010   #1
Abhishek Ghosh

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Mac OS X 10.6
Adding Tooltips/Info tips to any folder

You will end up with something like this one:

1. Click Start button.

2. Type “regedit” there (without quotes) like this screenshot:

3. Right Click over regedit link and select by clicking “Run as Admin..”

4. Accept the security prompt ( if appears). You will get this window:

5. Go to

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell :

6. Right Click over it and create a “New Key” :

7. Give it any name, so that you can remember, for example, I have given it “Name“:

8. Now, go to the right sided pane, change value of “Default” to your desired name by right clicking over it and Modifying it which you want to show in Desktop context menu (its very important step). I have chosen ~:: ABHISHEK ::~ in this tutorial.

9. Now right-click on the new key e.g; “Name” and select “New -> Key“. Give the new key name of command.

10. Right click on the default value to modify it:

11. I have used explorer.exe in this example to open Library after clicking my name in context menu. But you can use any other command key as you like.

12. If you end here, the thing will look like this screenshot, but fully functional:

13. For obvious reason, you will want two more things, (1) to change its position and (2) Add an icon to it.

14. For changing the position right click on the right sided pane and create a string value named “position” :

15. You can modify now the data of the string value to “top” or “bottom”

16. Similarly, create another string value, named “icon“. You have to enter the data for the icon string too. If you set it to explorer.exe,13 , it will give the users icon. You can play with the numbers starting from 0 after the comma, each number will give unique icon as compiled under explorer.exe. I have done it in 64 bit version, in 32 bit, the number may be different.

So, the Finished reg value should look like this:

Now, Right click over the desktop:

Hope you enjoyed it!

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08 Sep 2010   #2

Windows Seven Home Premium 32bit SP1

Nice job Abhishek, very well done
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08 Sep 2010   #3
Abhishek Ghosh

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Mac OS X 10.6

Thank you very much Mitchell
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08 Sep 2010   #4

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)

Thank you Abhishek
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08 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx

Nice tip Abishek

Works in Windows XP also
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08 Sep 2010   #6

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That's a great tip Abhishek, Thanks!
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08 Sep 2010   #7
Abhishek Ghosh

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Mac OS X 10.6

@ Lomai, Derek : Thank you

@Gladson: Thanks Gladson. Yes, you are right! will work on XP; probably on 98 too.
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08 Sep 2010   #8
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit

Good Tip Abhishek !
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08 Sep 2010   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard

Thats Great
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08 Sep 2010   #10
Abhishek Ghosh

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Mac OS X 10.6

Thanks Shyam and Shadowjk
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