How to Add Your Name in Desktop Context Menu in Windows 7 and Later?

UPDATE: This tutorial will also work in Windows 8 and later OS versions.

Recently we posted a detailed tutorial about adding your desired application shortcut in Windows 7 Desktop context menu:

Add Program Shortcuts and Other Useful Shortcuts in Desktop Context Menu

Today we'll use the same tutorial for some interesting stuff.

You can add your name at top of the menu and can open any program, Explorer, Documents folder or User Accounts by clicking on it.


You can also add an icon for it as shown in the above screenshot.

So here is the step-by-step guide:

1. Type regedit in RUN or Start Menu search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to:


3. Now we'll need to create a new key under "Shell" key. Right-click on "Shell" key and select "New -> Key". Give the new key any desired name e.g. "Name" (without quotes).

4. Now in right-side pane, change value of "Default" to your desired name which you want to show in Desktop context menu. We have chosen ~:: VISHAL ::~ in our example.

5. Now right-click on the new key which we created in step 3, e.g. Name and select "New -> Key". Give the new key name of command.

6. In right-side pane, change value of "Default" to explorer.exe if you want to open Explorer by clicking on it. We have chosen Control userpasswords to open User Accounts applet in our example.

7. To set an icon for the shortcut, select the key created in Step 3 and in right-side pane, create a new String value "Icon". Set its value to your desired icon. We have set it to imageres.dll,206 in our example.

To set its position in the context menu, create a new String value "Position" and set its value to:

Top (To show it at top)
Bottom (To show it at bottom)

We have set it at top.


8. That's it. Now you can have your name with an icon in Desktop context menu.

PS. If you want a ready-made registry script to do the task automatically, then copy paste following code in Notepad and save the file with name "AskVG.REG" (including quotes).

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

@="~:: VISHAL ::~"

@="Control userpasswords"

Run the file and it'll add the program shortcut in Desktop context menu.

To change the name, icon or associated application path,simply change the BOLD part in the script.

Windows XP users can visit following tutorial:

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

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  • how to change start screen name in win 7 ???????????

  • VG

    ^^ Which start screen are you talking about?

  • How to make it refresh the desktop when i click my name ?

  • how to add our desired icon ,what u gave was 206 is red circle (restricted icon)how to change to other,

  • VG

    ^^ You just need to change the number given after the dll file to your desired icon number such as imageres.dll,205 or imageres.dll,11, etc.

  • k,got it to change that location to webpage like our desired site

  • VG

    ^^ Check following:

  • how to make the created name as disable option just like 'paste' and 'paste shortcut' in the screenshot you give above

  • VG

    ^^ Then you'll need to edit shell32.dll.mui file using Resource Hacker as suggested in following tutorial:

  • it is only for xp,right?

  • VG

    ^^ No. In Windows 7, you'll need to edit the .MUI file.

  • thanks!!!didnt know that one.

  • What about windows 8

  • VG

    ^^ Same as Windows 7.

  • Excelent! Plz Tell me more simmilar things

  • Can you set it to where the username change from account to account like for User1 it shows User1 and User2 it shows User2?

  • i can rename and add my own name in right click menu from registry, but which particular window 7 file is needed to customised so that , whenever window is re-install using boot cd/dvd or using iso it will change automatically....

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