How to Add Right-Click Options

by Jim Campbell

The "Right Click Menu" is called the "Context Menu" in Windows 7. The menu pops up when you right-click an item on the Windows desktop. Using the Windows registry, you can edit the items listed in the context menu popup. You can also delete items to remove the items you rarely use to remove clutter on the menu. All of this is accomplished in the Windows registry editor.

Click the Windows "Start" button. Type "regedit" into the text box and press "Enter." Your Windows 7 registry editor will open.

Navigate to the "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers" directory in the Windows registry editor. In this section, there is a list of registry keys that identify the context menu items you see when you right-click an item.

Right-click "ContextMenuHandlers" and select "New," then select "Key." Type a name for the new key. This name is what you see when you right-click an item on the Windows desktop.

Right-click the "Default" value in the new key you created. Select "Modify." Type the location of the application you want to run when the user chooses the item in the context menu. Click "OK" to save your settings and reboot the computer to complete the changes.

About the Author

Jim Campbell has been a computer engineer for over five years. He excels in hardware repair, computer programming and troubleshooting, and software design. He is currently attending Florida Atlantic University, pursuing a master's degree in computer and electrical engineering and fine-tuning his technical writing abilities.