Registry Hacks

Topics: MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, Windows Vista Pages: 2 (300 words) Published: October 17, 2005

Add "Open With" to all files

You can add "Open With..." to the Right click context menu of all files.This is great for when you have several programs you want to open the same file types with. I use three different text editors so I added it to the ".txt" key.

1. Open RegEdit
2. Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell(if the key is not there, just create te key) 3. Add a new Key named "OpenWith" by right clicking the "Shell" Key and selecting new 4. Set the (Default) to "Op&en With..."

5. Add a new Key named "Command" by right clicking the "OpenWith" Key and selecting new 6. Set the (Default) to "C:\Windows\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL %1", C;\ being your Windows drive. You must enter the "OpenAs_RunDLL %1" exactly this way.

Add "comand prompt" to every folder

If you still use the DOS prompt regularly then this setting creates a new right-click menu option to open a command prompt at the selected directory.

Open your registry and find the key below.


Create a new sub key called 'Command' under the main key (i.e. [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Command]). Change the value of '(Default)' within the key to equal the text you would like on the right-click menu, for example 'Command Prompt'.

Create another new sub-key under the key created above, named 'command' (i.e. [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\...\Command\command]). Change the value of '(Default)' within this key depending on your operating system to equal either:

Windows 95, 98 or Me /k cd "%1"


Windows NT, 2000 or XP
cmd.exe /k cd "%1"

Now right-click on a folder and the new option of 'Command Prompt' should be available.

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