99 percent of a time I am using some flavor of Unix on my desktop with Fluxbox as window manager of choice.
I want to make remaining 1 percent I spent on Windows as painless a possible.
I really love customizable desktop context menu in Fluxbox and I would love
to have it on Windows.
I want to completely replace standard desktop context menu in Windows 7
and I am looking for an application that will handle this.
I am not interested in registry hacking.
In the past I used bb4win and bblean and their derivatives but I consider them lacking in stability and functionality so I resent them too.
Ideally, the program I am looking for would allow me to graphically define multilevel menu,
where single menu action could be starting a program (like running a Web Browser) or performing standard Windows action (like locking a screen or shutting down the system).
I am only interested in replacing right click menu for desktop, I do not care for right click menu in folders.
Thank you for your suggestions.
Now I see I was not specific enough.
One thing I require is complete freedom in deciding what items are available at each level
of menu, also at top level, so ability to put arbitrary items in submenu of main menu is not enough, I want also to choose members of main menu.
Acceptable solution would be program like one of bb4win or bblean but as simple and as non-intrusive as possible. Both bb4win and bblean are very buggy and quite clunky,
so something way more polished than those two would be required.
I did not mention that, and that is my bad, I want a free (as in “free beer”) solution.
Thank you, and sorry for the noise.
FileMenu Tools (http://www.lopesoft.com/en/filemenutools) is a gui application that might get you most of the way. It has pretty good options in terms of adding menu items (and you can do anything you can run from the command line), and it can let you hide a number of application specific menu items, but it might not get you everything.
A “right click menu added utility”
There is a List of other utilities here Edit right-click context menus in Windows 7
A utility like this one could add stuff to the right click menu, although registry adding some things really would not be that hard. HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDesktopBackgroundShell
And to Undo:
To remove a Lot of things from the context menu now, this would be a good tool.
You could save a configuration with this providing a backup method, although I would also be backing up the whole system disk as a total means of recoverability.
Then knowing how to batch some,
rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState and getting a few utility items, when needed for the rest. mabey AutoHotKey if you really had something special to have to accomplish like locating windows, sending keys, and IDing things.
There might be better tools out there, and there will alway be some limitations due to hard coded things.
Rarely Items in the context menu have been known to completly lock up the computer, And you can’t know for a fact what MS might do, or some program addition that that could cause that. Context menu items, also Slow down getting to the right click as more junk is added there.
The items in the context menu are accessed some way when the menu comes up, and doing this perfect and not changing it or the rest of the system Under it when it is there could be critical.
I would not do it. They have had enough problems there, without me adding to them. Any fully seperated program, drag and drop box, toolbar with menus, hotkeys , hot corners, or anything could be way more foolproof and stable in bad situations.
You should try Right Click Enhancer Professional. There is demo version available at http://rbsoft.org/downloads/right-click-enhancer. There is 4 shortcuts limit, but you can buy full version for $9.99 if you like it. It has all the features like export functionality, reordering of right click entries in sub menu, creating sub menus.