Create custom shortcuts on Start button's right-click menu

Step-by-step instructions on how to create shortcuts on your Start button's right-click menu.

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Here's how you can create shortcuts on your Start button's right-click menu. This example shows how to add Notepad to your Start button's right click menu.

  1. Go to Start -> Run -> Regedit.

  2. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT -> Directory -> Shell.

  3. Add a new key named Notepad.

  4. Add a new key below the Notepad key named Command.

  5. Add notepad.exe as the value data for the "default" string value.

  6. Right click on the start button and you will now see Notepad on the right-click menu.

You can add any application you require to save yourself some clicks.

This was first published in August 2003

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