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TUTORIAL: Add Your Favorite Program Shortcut in Desktop Context Menu!

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  1. Vishal Gupta

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    Hi Guys!
    I found one gr8 thing today while doing r&d with my shell32.dll file :D
    The thing is, u can add a shortcut for ur favorite program, (like Windows Media Player, firefox, opera, winamp, etc) in Desktop context menu (which is also applied to explorer context menu) :)
    So the method is as following:

    1.) Copy ur favorite application's EXE file from its own folder (like winamp.exe, firefox.exe, etc) to following folder:

    C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries\ (Assuming C: is ur system drive, otherwise change it to ur system drive).

    2.) Now delete helpctr.exe file in that folder and give the same name to ur copied EXE file. (i.e., first delete helpctr.exe file and then rename ur copied EXE file (like winamp.exe) to helpctr.exe ).

    3.) Now the final part.:yes: Open Shell32.dll file in Resource Hacker and goto: Menu -> 215. here add the following line to anywhere, u want to add the shortcut (like u can add this line just below the "Refresh" menu, as I hv done in my screenshot):

    MENUITEM "Title", 28785, MFT_STRING, MFS_ENABLED

    In "Title", give the Label which u want to be appeared in context menu (like Winamp, Media Player, Firefox, etc.)

    4.) Now compile the file and save it, and finally replace Shell32.dll file with this hacked one.

    And Voilla! Now after restarting the system, u can see a new shortcut in the context menu for ur desired application :)

    Screenshot:

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    PS: The above method might cause Help Center to not work properly, coz we hv replaced the helpctr.exe file with some other EXE file, so apply this method if u don't want to use help centre, though I hv not checked it coz I hv removed the Help Center from windows :D

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    dis looks cool. thanx man. but any other eazier way for a noob like me. i want to do this actually.
     
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    hi! VISHAL GUPTA
    plz tell me how you have changed "New" to "Create" & "icon"
    and also tell me how you have inserted your name.
    other two things i have changed. plz help me i'm totaly new to this forum;)
     
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    more than tht im interested in the theme u r currently using vishal
    __________
    @sukhi search the tuts section he has written a tut on tht
     
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    Hey Vishal Gupta! Not working for me...Windows Media Player is OVERWRITTEN by the help file...
     
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    thx for this tut but i want to know here i have to change to get my name like u
    pls tell me!!!!!!!!:confused:
     
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