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------------- DOCUMENTATION ------------- -------- CONTENTS -------- 1. Introduction 2. Rationale 3. Disclaimer 4. License 5. Acknowledgements 6. Release notes 7. Creating context menu entries 8. Showing the context menu 9. Configuring context menu entries 10. Supported configuration options 11. To Do ------------ INTRODUCTION ------------ MyExplorerContextMenu introduces a custom context menu for files and folders in Windows Explorer that gives direct access to the functions that you need to perform regularly on files and folders (and without requiring installation). The advantages over adding to the Windows Explorer context menu: - No clutter, only the context menu items that you want. - No adverse effect on Windows Explorer or Windows Explorer context menu performance. - No registry changes required. - No installation required. - Works portable; can be run from USB sticks, etc. without installation. - Much simpler to add, maintain and configure custom menu entries. - Very low memory usage. - Separate process from Windows Explorer. --------- RATIONALE --------- The context menu of files and folders is a very convenient and intuitive way to perform tasks on the selected files and folders (delete, move, rename, upload, compress, unzip, etc.). Microsoft realized very early that it could be useful to be able to add custom context menu entries. For this reason they introduced mechanisms to add to the standard context menu of Windows Explorer. Unfortunately the mechanisms for adding custom menu entries are relatively hard to set up, for simple users and programmers alike. Another downside is that the default context menu of Windows Explorer contains entries from Windows and possibly from many other tools, so it can end up being bloated and cluttered. And buggy context menu extension modules for Windows Explorer can cause Windows Explorer to crash or hang for a long time (or forever) when trying to open the context menu. They can also cause high (and hard to analyze) memory consumption of Windows Explorer. ---------- Disclaimer ---------- This software is provided as is without any guarantees for anything, use at your own risk. ------- License ------- Public domain. Do whatever you like with it. ---------------- Acknowledgements ---------------- This project uses AutoHotkey_L: ------------- RELEASE NOTES ------------- v0.2 ---- * Fixed "Open Command Prompt here..." entry to handle folders with whitespace characters. * Added: About dialog. * Added: About and homepage tray menu entries. * Fixed: Removed declaring access to global variables via "global" at a label - which is not supported anyway. This caused errors at startup with AutoHotkey_L v1.1.4.1. * Changed: Remove product version number from tooltip to avoid that a new version number causes the tray icon to be hidden by Windows (after configuring the previous version to be always shown). * Changed: Simplify tray tooltip contents because of truncation of longer text. * Changed: Internal: Use hotkeys instead of hotkey command. Switch to hotkey command later for reconfigurable hotkeys. v0.1 ---- * Key combination Win+c: Show context menu populated by *.cmd files in menu_items folder. * Configuration option "__all_exts": Show for all extensions * Configuration option "_<ext>": Show only for configured extensions * Configuration option "__only_files": Show only for files * Configuration option "__only_dirs": Show only for folders * Configuration option "__multiple": Show for multi-selection * Configuration option "__separator_above": Additional separator above menu entry * Configuration option "__separator_below": Additional separator below menu entry * Configuration option Support entry icon * Example menu entry "Command prompt here..." to open command prompt (cmd.exe) in selected folder (or folder of the selected files) * Tray context menu entry for browsing menu entries. * Tray context menu entry for editing the script. * Key combination Contrl+Shift+r: Reload script convenience for development. ----------------------------- Creating context menu entries ----------------------------- Place your batch files with .cmd extension in... "<myexplorercontextmenu_dir>\menus\menu1" have them included as entries of your custom context menu. When one of the context menu entries gets activated the associated batch file will be executed. See... "<myexplorercontextmenu_dir>\menus\menu1\Command Prompt here....cmd" ...for an example. The following environment variables are available: - A_AHKPATH: "The full path and name of the EXE file that is actually running the current script." - A_SCRIPTDIR: "The full path of the directory where the current script is located." - A_SCRIPTNAME: "The file name of the current script, without its path, e.g. MyScript.ahk." - A_SCRIPTFULLPATH: "The combination of the above two variables to give the complete file specification of the script, e.g. C:\My Documents\My Script.ahk" ------------------------ Showing the context menu ------------------------ Select one or more files or folders in a Windows Explorer window and press the key combination Win+c. -------------------------------- Configuring context menu entries -------------------------------- The configuration of menu entries is mostly done by creating empty files with the name of the menu entry batch file and a file name postfix that is setting specific. The configuration files must be located in the same folder as the menu entry batch files. Example for menu entry "My menu entry" to support all file extensions: "<myexplorercontextmenu_dir>\menus\menu1\My menu entry.cmd" "<myexplorercontextmenu_dir>\menus\menu1\My menu entry.cmd__all_exts" ------------------------------- Supported configuration options ------------------------------- - "_<extension>" - Add supported extension Configuration file name pattern: "<menu_entry_batch_file>_<extension>" Examples: "<myexplorercontextmenu_dir>\menus\menu1\My menu entry.cmd_bmp" "<myexplorercontextmenu_dir>\menus\menu1\My menu entry.cmd_png" "<myexplorercontextmenu_dir>\menus\menu1\My menu entry.cmd_ico" - "__all_exts" - Show for all extensions Configuration file name pattern: "<menu_entry_batch_file>__all_exts" Example: "<myexplorercontextmenu_dir>\menus\menu1\My menu entry.cmd__all_exts" - "__multiple" - Show for multiple selected files/folders Configuration file name pattern: "<menu_entry_batch_file>__multiple" Example: "<myexplorercontextmenu_dir>\menus\menu1\My menu entry.cmd__multiple" - "__only_dirs" - Show for folders only Configuration file name pattern: "<menu_entry_batch_file>__only_dirs" Example: "<myexplorercontextmenu_dir>\menus\menu1\My menu entry.cmd__only_dirs" - "__only_files" - Show for files only Configuration file name pattern: "<menu_entry_batch_file>__only_files" Example: "<myexplorercontextmenu_dir>\menus\menu1\My menu entry.cmd__only_files" - "__run_visibly" - Running menu entry batch file visibly: Configuration file name pattern: "<menu_entry_batch_file>__run_visible" Default is to run the menu entry batch file invisibly. Example: "<myexplorercontextmenu_dir>\menus\menu1\My menu entry.cmd__run_visibly" - ".png" - Setting menu entry icon: Configuration file name pattern: "<menu_entry_batch_file>.png" Example: "<myexplorercontextmenu_dir>\menus\menu1\My menu entry.cmd.png" - "__separator_above" - Add separator menu entry above menu entry: Configuration file name pattern: "<menu_entry_batch_file>__separator_above" Example: "<myexplorercontextmenu_dir>\menus\menu1\My menu entry.cmd__separator_above" - "__separator_below" - Add separator menu entry below menu entry: Configuration file name pattern: "<menu_entry_batch_file>__separator_below" Example: "<myexplorercontextmenu_dir>\menus\menu1\My menu entry.cmd__separator_below" ----- To Do ----- - Support configuration of context menu entries: -- Disabled - GUI configuration tool
Source: readme.txt, updated 2011-11-06