Right Click Context Menu Adder: Freeware to Add Useful Shortcuts in Windows 7 and Later Desktop Context Menu

UPDATE: New version 2.0 released which comes with lots of new features such as ability to add website links, files and folders shortcuts in Desktop context menu. Check out full details below.

As you all know we have posted a detailed tutorial in past which allows you to add your favorite program shortcut in Windows 7 and later Desktop context (right-click) menu so that you can run the program quickly and easily by just right-click on Desktop:

How to Add Program Shortcuts and Useful Shortcuts in Windows 7 and Later Desktop Context Menu?

We have also posted lots of other similar tutorials to customize Desktop context menu in Windows which can be found in following article:

Ultimate Tutorial to Customize Desktop Context Menu in Windows

Today we are going to share a free and portable utility "Right Click Context Menu Adder" created by an AskVG reader "Gromas" which allows you to add your favorite program shortcut, website link, file or folder shortcut in Windows 7 and later Desktop context menu quickly and easily and you'll not need to modify Windows Registry yourself, this software will do the job for you.

Following is an example of the output which you can get with the help of this awesome software:


As you can see in the above screenshot, we have added a link to AskVG.com at top of context menu, added a link to wallpapers folder in the middle of context menu and added a shortcut to change desktop icons settings at the bottom of Desktop context menu with the help of this freeware.

You just need to run this tool and select the desired item which you want to add in Desktop context menu. You can select any of following items to add to context menu:

  • Program
  • Folder
  • Web Address
  • Any type of file

After selecting the desired item, provide required details such as program's EXE file path, website URL, file name, etc. By default, the program icon is automatically selected from its EXE file but you can also select a custom icon. The program also allows you to customize the shortcut name which will be displayed in context menu. For website shortcut, you can also ask program to automatically retrieve its favicon which will be displayed in Desktop context menu.

This small utility also allows you to select the position of the new shortcut in Desktop context menu. You can select any of following positions:

  • Top
  • Middle
  • Bottom


If you select "Show only when SHIFT key is pressed" option, the new shortcut will only be shown in Desktop context menu when you press SHIFT key while right-clicking on Desktop. It'll not be visible normally. So you can enable this option for those shortcuts which you don't use regularly or want to hide from others.

You can also tell the software whether the new shortcut should be added to Desktop context menu only or should the software add the new shortcut to folder context menu as well. If you select the 2nd option, the shortcut will also be visible when you right-click on a folder.

Once a new shortcut is added, you can remove it later using 2nd tab. Simply select the desired item from the list and click on "Remove" button.

This software comes in 2 languages: English and Portuguese.

This software is highly customizable and works perfectly without any problem. The best thing is that its portable so you don't need to install it. Simply run the EXE file and add desired shortcuts in Desktop context menu.

It can be used in both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows editions. You can download it using following link:

Download Link

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  • is not there any way to add a parent and sub item like
    Start > Dreamweaver
    Flash etc...
    Have got it ?

  • VG

    ^^ Check following:


  • I discovered your website this morning and am only sorry I didn't know about it before. Have already downloaded 4 programs! I'll be a regular visitor. Thanks guys.

  • VG

    ^^ Thanks for your visit. I'm glad you liked this website. :)

  • Hi! thanks for the app.

    Is it possible to add "search with google" to the windows 7 context menu for any texts on windows as I can directly search from desktop or windows explorer or even from office documents on my browser?

    I have been searching this for some time but could not come accross yet. I wonder why anybody hasn't done it yet since it would be great especially while working on documents.


  • VG

    ^^ I think it might be done but will require some programming skills to get selected text and then pass it to the command to open it with Google. I'll try to implement it but cant promise.

  • Thanks for the answer and efforts. Will be waiting and good luck on programming.

  • Thanks for another Sweet Treat.
    I notice how often you introduce tools and ideas from others.
    No wonder you are so successful: You share!

    Thanks again!

  • "Add to Desktop Context Menu and to Folders Context Menu" is not given as an option when I run it. In fact the button "Add to Context Menu" is covering a bit of the first option ("Add only to Desktop Context Menu") so perhaps it is completely covering the second option?

    Every one of the four tab sub-screens seems to be cut off at the bottom.

    Am using Windows 7 Basic Theme. "Windows Classic" and "Windows 7 Aero" themes are a little bit better but I still cannot see that second option.

  • I just tried using the tab key to see if I could jump from the first option to the second (invisible?) option but the focus just jumps to "AskVG.com" so the second option is not just "invisible" it is non-existent :(

  • Hello!
    is there any similar software for windows XP. So that I can use icon beside desktop context menu in windows xp.

    Thanks for your great program!

  • VG

    ^^ You can check following:


  • Very nice idea, thanks.

    Could you advise where the entries are kept in the registry as Autoruns does not find them. I'm just concerned if I need to uninstall your Right Click Context Menu Adder, I would leave behind things in the registry etc. Have you a cleanup tool for post uninstallation?


  • VG

    ^^ You can remove the entries using "Remove items from menu" tab. If you want to know where are the entries are stored in Registry, check out following tutorial:


  • Thank you so much! I've been looking for just this tool to customize my Windows 8 context menu!

  • Very nice and helpful app for dummies (like me). Something more how can I manage to put separate with lines the apps I 've create?

  • Hello, I just wanted to say that I have been looking for this type of software for many a year and have never came across it before. It is what I have been looking for all these years.
    Keep up the good work.

  • Love the program - makes customization easier..a few suggestions?
    The ability to split programs & folders (with horizontal line?)
    Ability to reorder icons
    (And last), add a folder, with a fly-out option

  • This concerns a problem I'm having with Right Click Context Menu Adder 2.0. I've downloaded it from various websites and when I open it it's missing:

    . Add to Desktop Context Menu and to Folders Context Menu (the Add To Context Menu link is blocking/hiding it)

    . Position on Menu

    I would sure appreciate your help- I've read some many positive reviews about this great piece of software. Thank you.

    P.s. Running Windows 8 Pro 64 bit on a custom system.

  • VG

    ^^ It seems to me that you are using custom DPI settings in your Windows which is causing this text overlay problem. Restore default DPI settings and I think it should solve your issue.

  • This software is very useful.
    But when I add Folder Menu, there is no Sub folder feature.
    I hope this feature available in next version.

  • Hi,

    Firstly - thanks for putting this compendium of information together! I'm trying to add a file type using the Right Click Context Menu Adder 2.0. When I select the "Any type of file" radio button the GUI doesn't change and I don't see a field to enter the file extension. I can select the program, but that only adds a shortcut to the program in the context menu, it doesn't add a file under "new" in the context menu.

  • VG

    ^^ The program will add the shortcut to Desktop context menu only.

  • Hallo i want to translate it to dutch so i have translated the file i have saved as dutc.txt but the program stays in english can you help me?

  • Chosen *.exe antispyware programme does not always appear in context menu when a file folder is right clicked. Adder 2.0 seems to be selective as to when chosen added item appears in context menu.

    For example, I right clicked on the downloaded Context Menu Adder 2.0 folder and my chosen antispyware executable file did not appear in the context menu, but it does appear if I right click on other programme folders.

  • Hi, tried the 2.0 version. First, awesome it's free! Second, awesome it's askvg! Third, not so awesome it can only handle desktop menus from what I could gather in the less then 3 minutes it was running. Fourth, There were some weird white lines over the tab text, as if a child tec ghost was using a color pencil on-the-fly. TinyPic link oi59.tinypic.com/m91v88.jpg

  • Whenever I right click on the highlighted name of a text (.TXT) file, the context menu includes the line, "Open with" and a submenu appears listing several suggestions. However, whenever I right click on the highlighted name of a batch (.BAT) file, the only line at all similar is the line, "Open with Notepad++" I would like to create a line that would do much the same thing, but open any highlighted file (including a batch file) with my favorite editor, which is The SemWare Editor Professional, so it would read, "Open with TSE" From my reading of your blog, it seems that your very awesome program could create a line to invoke the editor, but not to have the editor open the highlighted named file like Notepad++ does. Correct me if I have misunderstood your description of the possibilities.

  • VG

    ^^ Following steps will help you in adding the option:

    1. Open regedit and go to:


    2. Create a new key "Open with TSE" under Shell.

    3. Now create another new key "command" under "Open with TSE" key.

    4. Select command key and in right-side pane, change value of (Default) to the path of your TSE app followed by "%1"

    For example, if the TSE program is installed in C:\Program Files\TSE\ folder, then value of (Default) would be:

    C:\Program Files\TSE\TSE.exe "%1"

  • Hello! How can i add automatically my app to right-click menu when it is installed?

  • I can add and delete programs/Urls when I rightclick desktop. Using Windows 7 - 32. How do I add and subtract programs/Urls (the same way) when rightclicking an icon ON desktop like a folder or TEXT file there? Thanks, VG.

  • VG

    ^^ Try following:


  • Thanx for this little app, haven't taken it for a spin yet, but it seems cool. I am requesting the same as mtolgae:

    adding a "search with google" option for inside windows' native context menu when highlighting text, right along with cut, copy and paste. It such a simple thing and so lacking when compared to what we can do in our browsers nowadays

  • re Version running on Windows 7 Pro:

    ************** Exception Text **************
    System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
    at RightClickContextAdder.Form1.BrowserPredefinido_2()
    at RightClickContextAdder.Form1.Form1_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e)
    at System.EventHandler.Invoke(Object sender, EventArgs e)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Form.OnLoad(EventArgs e)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.CreateControl(Boolean fIgnoreVisible)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.CreateControl()
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmShowWindow(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)

    ************** Loaded Assemblies **************
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5485 (Win7SP1GDR.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/Microsoft.NET/Framework64/v2.0.50727/mscorlib.dll
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Program%20Files%20(x86)/Utilities/Right%20Click%20Context%20Menu%20Adder%202.0.exe
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 8.0.50727.5483 (Win7SP1GDR.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/Microsoft.VisualBasic/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5485 (Win7SP1GDR.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5491 (Win7SP1GDR.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Windows.Forms/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5495 (Win7SP1GDR.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Drawing/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5483 (Win7SP1GDR.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Configuration/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5494 (Win7SP1GDR.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Xml/
    Assembly Version:
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5488 (Win7SP1GDR.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Runtime.Remoting/

    ************** JIT Debugging **************
    To enable just-in-time (JIT) debugging, the .config file for this
    application or computer (machine.config) must have the
    jitDebugging value set in the system.windows.forms section.
    The application must also be compiled with debugging

    For example:

    When JIT debugging is enabled, any unhandled exception
    will be sent to the JIT debugger registered on the computer
    rather than be handled by this dialog box.

  • VG

    ^^ Install Microsoft.NET Framework 2.0 or 3.5 SP1:


  • Hi VG! I just discovered with the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14361 that Right-Click Menu Adder 2.0 no longer works. The program will open, I'm able to populate the Context Menu with items, but when I right-click and select the item from the context menu, it appears to crash File Explorer—the screen flashes for an instant, the taskbar goes blank and the item I clicked on does not launch. Thought you might like to know... hope you'll be able to do an update soon as this is a most important tool! Thanks so much! :)

  • VG

    ^^ That issue has nothing to do with this tool. Many people have reported context menu issues in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build. I hope Microsoft will fix the issue via an update or in next build.

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