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Windows 7: Context Menu Handlers-Can Norton or Win 7 Block them?

13 Dec 2011   #1

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Context Menu Handlers-Can Norton or Win 7 Block them?

There are several programs that with previous versions of windows would automatically add a context menu handler for their program. I just recently purchased a new hp laptop that has a new build of Windows 7 home premium 64 bit. But a different build would allow the context menu handlers for their programs. I use unlocker HJ-Splitter and QuickPar a lot and to have to go through open with and to search for the actual file folder in Program Files is a major pain in seating muscle. I just downloaded ShellViewMenu hoping it would allow me to add these programs to the right click menu. But to no avail. I feel comfortable with working externally with most applications but fooling around with Windows Registery scares the weebee jeeves out of me. I know that bat.files and VB script files might be an answer but we may have a New US President before I get a good handle on there processes.



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13 Dec 2011   #2

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I know working with the registry can be scary but if you backed it up Registry - Backup and Restore in be careful what you're doing it's not too bad. I can show you how to add a program to your right click menu through the registry if you would like.
Jerry
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13 Dec 2011   #3

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re:Context Menu Handlers Can Norton?

Bongo that would be a blessing. Any help in this matter would be most appreciative.
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14 Dec 2011   #4

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Sorry for the late reply.
#1
Create a restore point System Restore Point - Create
I will show you how to backup the registry in a couple more steps.

#2
In the start menu search box type regedit and click on it in the search results to open up the registry editor.
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#3
Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell
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#4
Now we will back up the registry Registry - Backup and Restore
Right click on Directory and click on Export.
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Give it a name and click on Save (I usually save them to the desktop and tell them done and then you can either store it in a folder in your documents folder or delete it).
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#5
Now we will add a program (I am going to use Firefox as an example)
Right-click on shell go to New > Key and click on it.
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#6
In the New Key #1 Box Add Your Program Name That You Want to See in the Right-Click menu here I put Firefox.
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#7
Right-click on Firefox go to New > Key and click on it.
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#8
In the New Key #1 Box Add command in lowercase.
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#9
Now you need to navigate to the programs .exe then push and hold Shift + and Right click on the program .exe and click on Copy as Path.
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#10
Go back to the registry editor make sure you click on command on the left side and then on the right side Double-click on Default.
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#11
In the Edit String box in the value data Paste or Ctrl + V the path of the program .exe and click on OK.
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You should have your program in the right click menu(you may have to logoff/logon or restart to see it in the menu)
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If you would like add icon to it follow this tutorial Context Menu - Add Shortcuts with Icons
If something is confusing let me know and I will try to straighten it out for you.
Jerry


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17 Dec 2011   #5

win 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by win7rust View Post
There are several programs that with previous versions of windows would automatically add a context menu handler for their program. I just recently purchased a new hp laptop that has a new build of Windows 7 home premium 64 bit. But a different build would allow the context menu handlers for their programs. I use unlocker HJ-Splitter and QuickPar a lot and to have to go through open with and to search for the actual file folder in Program Files is a major pain in seating muscle. I just downloaded ShellViewMenu hoping it would allow me to add these programs to the right click menu. But to no avail. I feel comfortable with working externally with most applications but fooling around with Windows Registery scares the weebee jeeves out of me. I know that bat.files and VB script files might be an answer but we may have a New US President before I get a good handle on there processes.
1 - You don't need to to use "Open With" every time and browse for the program in programs folder. For example, the first file of the HJSplitter would have an extension
of .001, so the first time you use "Open With" and browse for HJSplittter.exe, make sure you put a check mark on: Always use the selected program to open this kind of file. This will register the extension .001 to be used with HJSplitter.exe. The next time you just double click on the file with extension .001 and it will open HJSplitter.exe program.

2 - After you installed Quickpart, Open the option and check on 'Integrate QuickPar into Shell' this will add QuickPar to the context menu. I dont use Quickpart but I google it to their website and this is all you need to do.

3 - The info I gave you in 1 & 2 just for future reference. Since you are uncomfortable to work with regedit, here is an easy way to add an item or a cascading menu in the context menu.
Go to this website: http://win7utilities.com and download Your Menu1.0
and you're all set. This program is self explanatory, just read the first screen and you'll know what to do.

Oops: I forgot, the program will generate 2 .reg files, save it to your desktop and just double click one to add to your registry, the other .reg file is to remove it from registry. Hope this help !!!

Here is a screen shot of my desktop context menu.
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