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Make Your Own Right-Click Menus - Tutorial


The list of commands in the right-hand pane contains 22 ready-made commands that can be added to the context menu. I'm using the the one called Copy Name: this command copies the names of selected files from Windows Explorer to the Windows Clipboard.

The names can be pasted into a Word Processor or any other program to create an index of the files in the folder. To add the command to the right-click menu, tick the Copy Name box. Then from the File menu, select Apply Changes, or use the green tick beneath the File menu, which also applies the changes

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To test the command, open your 'My Pictures' folder, select several files by holding down the Ctrl key and left-clicking on them. Right-Click on a highlighted picture to display the context menu.

Click the Copy Name command to transfer all the selected file names (not pictures) to the Windows Clipboard. Launch a Word Processor application, such as Word or any text editor, hold down the Ctrl Key and press V to paste the names into place.

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To remove unwanted commands that have been placed on the context menu by other programs, click the Commands of other applications tab. Commands are listed in groups according to whether the act on files, folders, disk drives or other objects. To prevent a command from appearing on the context menu, click to remove it's tick, then use Apply Changes on the File menu.

To give you an idea of how new commands are created I'll add a command that opens and file in Windows Notepad, regardless of its name. This I find can be useful because it enables you to open text files with unusual filenames with minimal fuss.

Click the Commands of Filemenu Tools tab, then open the Edit menu and click Add Command, or select Add Command from the Actions pane on the left. A command called New Command is added to the list and its properties are displayed in the left-hand pane. (see lower picture)

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In the General Section of the Properties panel, change the Menu Text entry from New Command to Open in Notepad (where I've highligted it as a pink rectangle). In the Program section of the Properties Panel, click on Program, and then on the Browse button on its right.

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This opens a file-finding dialogue box in which you should navigate to C:\Windows\Notepad.exe

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Click on NOTEPAD (1) then click Open (2). As with all Filemenu Tools modifications, you must apply the changes from the file menu before they take effect. Test the new command by opening Windows Explorer and right-clicking on any file to reveal the newly added command.




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