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Windows 7: How can I customize the icon for an Windows Exploer Context Menu item?

30 Dec 2010   #1
nuspieds

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
How can I customize the icon for an Windows Exploer Context Menu item?

Hi,

My question does not pertain to a custom context menu item; I already know how to customize the icons for those.

Rather, my question is concerning apps that I install which automatically set themselves up in the Windows Explorer context menu via, for example, HKCR\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers.

Today I installed EmEditor and now there is a Windows Context Menu item for it but it doesn't have an icon like the WinZip item, for example.

Where can I go to edit/customize the icon for EmEditor or even WinZip and similar applications, if I want to change the icon?

Please let me know if you have any ideas.

Thanks!


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30 Dec 2010   #2
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Are you looking for something like this?

Context Menu - Add Shortcuts with Icons
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30 Dec 2010   #3
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I don't have either program but with all programs that show those icons here (7zip, Winrar, Avast etc) the icon is compiled into the EXE.
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If my theory is correct and those programs miss said icon format for whatever reason, you could try the following:

Get a hold of the icon in question, GetIcoFX IcoFX - The Free Icon Editor
make sure you add the missing format and save the new multi format-icon
Now open the exe in Reshacker and replace the appropriate Icon Group..save, reload and see if it worked

-DG

I assume Derekimo's version would be the way to go


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31 Dec 2010   #4
nuspieds

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Are you looking for something like this?

Context Menu - Add Shortcuts with Icons
No, I'm not. That pertains to a custom menu item, which I already know how to do.

The issue is with an installed application, such as WinZip, which automatically adds itself to the context menu. WinZip nicely adds its icon to the menu item whereas for EmEditor, they didn't put one.

In either case, whether the application included its icon or whether it did not, I want to be able to change/specify my own icon for the menu item, just like I can do for my own custom menu items.
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31 Dec 2010   #5
nuspieds

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SledgeDG View Post
I don't have either program but with all programs that show those icons here (7zip, Winrar, Avast etc) the icon is compiled into the EXE.
EmEditor has its icon inside its .exe and the icon shows up on the desktop and start menus fine.

See my reply above...the specific challenge is about specifiying/customizing the icon for menu items which where added automatically by installed applications. Specifying the icon for manual/custom menu items is a breeze, but it's how to do it for the ones created by installed applications that's proving to be a challenge.
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31 Dec 2010   #6
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Clearly if it's not the icon inside the EXE ther's got to be some entry in the registry similar to derekimo's suggestion. (which are injected during installation with some scripting)
There are not many more choices, ya know
And since I don't own either program I can't help you here, sorry
But at least you know where to look

-DG
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