When you right click on your blank desktop a menu appears. This is the desktop right click menu. This menu usually contains default links such as personalize or properties, view, new, and more. This tutorial will show you how to add items to your right click menu. You can basically link to anything as long as you know the command to enter. For example if you type a command into the run box to start a program, then this is the command to use.
To change the desktop right click menu we need to backup the registry before editing as this is not for the new computer users to try. Editing the registry can cause your computer to not run or stop working completely.
How to add a link to your right click menu?
- Open the run box by pressing the WIN KEY and R.
- Then type regedit into the run box and press ok.
- Expand HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT
- Look for Directory, expand this.
- Expand background.
- Now Select the word Shell and right click on it to being a menu up.
- Choose New.
- Then choose Key.
- Name your key Control Panel. Press ok.
- Then select the word control panel and right click on it.
- Choose new, then choose key.
- Type in command.
- Then select command and look in the right window.
- Right click on the word default and enter the command to make control panel run which is rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL
- Now close the registry and go to your desktop, right click and choose control panel.
Here is a quick way to search the Windows registry.
Watch this video on how to add a control panel link to the right click menu on your desktop
You can also add a Take Ownership Shortcut to the right click menu to take ownership of all your files easily. This is for the right click menu when you click on a file, not on the desktop.
Do you think you will ever add a link to the desktop right click menu?