How can I create a shell context menu item that takes multiple files as arguments?



As an IT administrator, you are often faced with the task of automating complex processes, such as creating context menu items in a shell environment. Context menu items are incredibly useful for quickly accessing frequently used commands and functions, but they can be difficult to set up. In this article, we will discuss how to create a context menu item that takes multiple files as an argument, allowing you to quickly access a command or function with multiple files.

The first step in creating a context menu item that takes multiple files as an argument is to create a script file. This script file will contain the command or function you want to run, with any necessary parameters. It is important to make sure that the script file is executable, and can be run from the command line. Once the script file is created, you will need to create a registry entry for the context menu item. This registry entry will specify which files the context menu item will be available for, what command it will run, and what text will appear in the context menu when the files are selected.

The registry entry will look something like this:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\\*\\shell\\MyCommandName\\command]

@=\\\\C:\\\\Path\\\\To\\\\My\\\\Script.cmd\\\ \\\%1\\\ \\\%2\\\ \\\%3\\\\

This registry entry will add a context menu item for all file types, named “MyCommandName”, that runs the script file located at “C:\\Path\\To\\My\\Script.cmd”, with the first three selected files as arguments. You can add additional arguments by adding additional “%n” parameters to the registry entry.

Once the registry entry is created, it needs to be added to the registry. This can be done by running regedit.exe, navigating to the registry key where the entry should be added, and then pressing Ctrl+V to paste the registry entry. Once the entry is saved, the context menu item should appear when multiple files are selected.

Creating a context menu item that takes multiple files as an argument is a great way to automate complex processes and quickly access frequently used commands and functions. By creating a script file and registry entry, you can easily set up a context menu item that takes multiple files as an argument. This can save you time and make your job as an IT administrator much easier.

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