DIY: Quick Launch Application

A small post on how to add any program to the right click menu desktop in windows. Fairly easy to do and very handy if you want quick access to one or more programs.
This involves editing your register, just so you know ;-).

Click start >> run >> regedit and hit enter. The registry will now open, locate the following key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell.

Once you found this, right click the “shell” folder and select new >> key. Give this key the name you want to show up on the desktop context menu. (So if you want WORD to appear, just type the word WORD… erh… well.. you get the point).

If you would like to assign a key combination to the shortcut. So you can access the program with 1 keyboard combo you can alter the default value in the key you just created. Change the value of the default to & followed by the name of the key you just added.. So for example &Word. Now you can open this program by pressing alt + the first letter of the word (in my case alt + w).
Ofcourse this is optional, you don’t have to do this.

Now one this is left to do, add the command to the key that will actually allow the app to launch. So right click the newly created key and pick new >> key. Give this key the name command.
Look up the full path to the program you’d like to start and enter this path in the command key.
So in my case this would be “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\WINWORD.EXE”

Make sure you put the path between double quotes, you need to do this specially if there are spaces in the path. Else it could be possible that windows cannot locate the path you entered.

Once this is done, close the registry editor and go have a try. If you now right click you desktop your new menu item will be there.

Good luck!


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  1. Pingback: DIY: Quick Launch Application « Victor Carlos Villegas Lozano

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