Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/add-any-application-to-the-desktop-right-click-menu-in-vista/
If you want really quick access to launch a frequently used application without putting extra icons on your desktop, you can add that application to the context menu for the desktop with a simple registry hack. Here’s how to do it.
Good tutorial for people that know how to handle the registry. For the common layman, I would add a warning regarding the risks of manipulating the registry and suggest either a registry backup or an image before they venture into the activity. Then they can always backpaddle.
That's a good idea. I will add a mention of creating a restore point.
Make things even a little simpler.
Instead of mucking around to get to the registry key if you use Firefox:
Install this Add/On: Open RegEdit Key Version 0.2.0
High light the link name > HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell >
Right Click > Select Open RegEdit Key > It will take you right to it!
It a BIG time saver when working with the registry and you have the link.
This shows how to add Applications but I was wondering if I could add commands like Hibernate or shutdown to the right click menu
Try file menu tools. You don't have to mess with the registry and you can add your own programs to the menu as well. http://www.lopesoft.com/en/filemenutools
You can make a .bat file for your power-down commands and Point your 'Shutdown" command to the bat file to shutdown your pc.
To make such a .bat file, open notepad
Copy this to notepad
shutdown.exe /s /f /t 00
Save the file anywhere with a .bat extension. An example would be Shutdown.bat
For hibernate, the command is
shutdown.exe /h /f /t 00
I love the idea of being able to manipulate my system to work the way I want it to without installing a bunch of add-ons ... this is a really helpful tip. I'm always looking for ways to circumnavigate the Start menu for regular programs (preferring to use it mainly for apps), and this works beautifully!
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