Feature Request - Command Line Arguments

  • John McCurdy

    John McCurdy - 2012-10-05

    I recently discovered Classic Shell when I needed a start menu for Windows 8,
    and I've quickly fallen in love with it and with the ability to add custom
    menu items. However, a serious limitation is that when I create a shortcut or
    "link" to a file, there is no way to include command line arguments for that
    file. They are just ignored, and the only workaround I can find is to create a
    link to a batch file that launches the program instead. But that's a lot of
    needless work.

    This is a serious limitation, because a lot of programs need command line
    arguments to run correctly. Are there plans to add this ability?

  • Ivo Beltchev

    Ivo Beltchev - 2012-10-05

    If you want command line arguments, use the Command setting, not the Link
    setting. You will have to provide your own label and icon though.

  • xpclient

    xpclient - 2012-10-06

    Maybe it's a good idea to mention this in the tooltip help for "Command:". It
    is not clear to new users what to use "Command:" for and what to use "Link:"

  • John McCurdy

    John McCurdy - 2012-10-10

    Thank you! That solved my problem.

    And as xpclient said, it's not clear at all in the documentation.

  • Ivo Beltchev

    Ivo Beltchev - 2012-10-10

    Currently the documentation says:
    custom executable string - this can be a name of a program and its arguments, or even a URL (like http://www.google.com). Environment variables like %SystemRoot% are supported

    How can this be any more clear?

  • xpclient

    xpclient - 2012-10-11

    I meant in the Tooltip help. It could say this to help the user DECIDE
    between Command and Link.

    Use the 'Command:' field if you wish to add a custom command with parameters
    in your Start Menu. The command determines what the item does when clicked.

    Use the 'Link:' field if you wish to add a shortcut to a file or a folder.
    Folders open as sub-menus. You can use environment variables. Note: Buttons
    with sub-menus cannot have link.


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