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  • Customize empty space/desktop context menu in XP

    Hi,

    I wonder if there is a way to add a new entry in the XP Windows Explorer context menu that appears when you right click an empty space inside a folder (right pane where files are displayed) or empty place on the desktop.

    In Vista, this can be done by adding registry entries like
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\<NAME >
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\<NAME >\command

    , but in XP this doesn't work, new entry doesn't show up.
    Is it possible?

    Thanks

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    Re: Customize empty space/desktop context menu in XP

    Are you trying that same path? If so, it may not exist. On my PC, I see shellex instead of shell. (XP Pro)
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      Re: Customize empty space/desktop context menu in XP

      yes, the path doesn't exist in XP. There is
      HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\Con textMenuHandlers
      but no shell. So I created shell and the rest manually, but nothing appeared in the context menu.

      On my system, what appears in that context menu is after ContextMenuHandlers - I tried to put the stuff there (also directly under shellex), but nothing appeared either. Values there do not contain name and command as usual, but only some guids like {2897079A-65DF-40E0-9711-892C3859EC3B}, I don't get the logic.

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