How to Add Your Name in Desktop Context Menu in Windows XP?

As you all know about our exclusive "How to enable "VIEW" Menu on Desktop in Windows XP" tutorial which teaches you how to enable "View" menu in Windows XP Desktop context menu just like Windows Vista:

Many people have asked me how did I add my name on top in Desktop context menu as shown in above screenshot? So today I decided to write a small tutorial about it.

So here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to add any desired string in Desktop context menu:

1. Open "%windir%\System32\Shell32.dll" file in Resource Hacker. Here %windir% means "Windows" folder present in the system drive where Windows is installed in your system. Usually its C: drive in most of the systems.

Now go to:

Menu -> 215 -> 1033

2. Now add following line:

MENUITEM "xyz", 33333, MFT_STRING, MFS_GRAYED | MFS_DEFAULT

Just after the:

215 MENUEX
LANGUAGE LANG_ENGLISH, SUBLANG_ENGLISH_US
{
POPUP "", 0, MFT_STRING, MFS_ENABLED, 0
{

3. Replace "xyz" with any string which you want to add such as:

MENUITEM "!*~.VISHAL.~*!", 33333, MFT_STRING, MFS_GRAYED | MFS_DEFAULT

4. Click on "Compile Script" button.

5. Save the file and restart your Windows to see the affect.

BONUS TIP: You can remove "MFS_GRAYED" or "MFS_DEFAULT" or both to have some different look. "MFS_GRAYED" is used to disable the text, if you'll remove it, your name will look like an enabled item. "MFS_DEFAULT" is used to show the text in Bold, if you'll remove it, your name will be shown as normal text instead of Bold.

NOTE 1: If you are facing problems while saving the file after editing in resource hacker, then make sure you have disabled WFP (Windows File Protection) service using WFP Patcher or use Replacer to replace the file.

NOTE 2: If you get "Cannot create file" error message while saving the file, please check following tutorial:

How to Fix "Cannot Create File" Error Message While Saving Files in Resource Hacker?





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Comments

  • Will it work for Win7??

  • VG

    ^^ Please check following:

    http://www.askvg.com/how-to-add-your-name-in-windows-7-desktop-context-menu/

  • Thank u sssooo much. I m delighted with ur tips.

  • is that possible i change the font??

  • VG

    ^^ The font can be changed by changing Windows theme.

  • is there a way to disable the default item display in bold in context menus? it looks a bit ugly and it brakes monospace consistency?
    maybe to replace it with another decoration like italic possibly or underline or insert a separator? microsoft should have insert a separator, i think it would look much better.
    can we do something about this @vishal ?

  • VG

    ^^ Just remove "MFS_DEFAULT" from the added line and it'll remove BOLD.

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