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Add "Publish to Github" to context menu

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Where to create context menu entry?

Opens on a file

Opens on a directory

DIRECTORY_BACKGROUND 	HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Directory\Background\shell 	
Opens on the background of the Directory

Opens on the drives(think USBs)

The python script for commiting

import subprocess
import os
import re
import unicodedata


def slugify(value, allow_unicode=False):
    Convert to ASCII if 'allow_unicode' is False. Convert spaces or repeated
    dashes to single dashes. Remove characters that aren't alphanumerics,
    underscores, or hyphens. Convert to lowercase. Also strip leading and
    trailing whitespace, dashes, and underscores.
    value = str(value)
    if allow_unicode:
        value = unicodedata.normalize('NFKC', value)
        value = unicodedata.normalize('NFKD', value).encode('ascii', 'ignore').decode('ascii')
    value = re.sub(r'[^\w\s-]', '', value)
    return re.sub(r'[-\s]+', '-', value).strip('-_')

git init
git add .
git commit -m "Auto Publish"
git push –-set-upstream master

if os.path.exists(os.path.join(os.getcwd(),'.git')):
    print("ERROR: Git repo already exits")
current_folder_name=slugify(current_folder_name)'git init -b main')'git add .')'git commit -m "Auto Publish"')
cmd='git push --set-upstream'+USER_NAMESPACE+'/'+current_folder_name+'.git main'

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Run Batch script]
@="&Run Batch script"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Run Batch script\command]
@="\"H:\\BATCH_FILE_PATH\\context-batch.bat\" \"%1\""

This only adds a context menu item for all directories/folders in Windows. If you want it showing for each and every file instead, you can use this:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\Run script]
@="Run &script"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\Run script\command]
@="\"H:\\BATCH_FILE_PATH\\context-batch.bat\" \"%1\""

Alternatively, you can add your batch script to the Send To item list by creating a shortcut to your batch script and placing it under %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo (or enter shell:sendto into the address bar)

If you want your script to show in the context menu that appears when you right click on the empty space within a directory (directory background?) you can use the following REG file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\Run Batch script]
@="&Run Batch script"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\Run Batch script\command]
@="H:\\BATCH_FILE_PATH\\context-batch.bat \"%V\""

You don’t need the “Icon”="%SystemRoot%\System32\shell32.dll,71" line. It simply adds an icon to your context-menu.

Further moving….

Creating a singular context menu option

Before we get into the fancy stuff, let’s create a basic option. I will use the Directory Background location as an example. Our basic, unedited context menu might look something like this:

Let’s add an option called Open Command Prompt to open a command prompt in our current directory. The location for the Directory Background is HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell, so let’s navigate there.

The steps to make a basic command in the registry are as follows:

  1. Create a new key under the shell key.
  2. Name the key what you want the command to be shown as, for me it will be “Open Command Prompt”
  3. Right click the created key and add a new key called command(The sub key must be named command for it to work)
  4. Change the default value of the command key to the code that should be ran when the command is selected(ex: cmd.exe)

Now we have an entry on our context menu that opens on the background of directories and opens a command prompt to the current location.

For the perfectionists out there, if you want to add an icon to the context menu entry, do as follows:

  1. Add a new key of type String Value called Icon to the base key
  2. Set the value of the key to the path to the image in ICO format

Creating cascading context menus

Now that we have the basics covered, let’s get into some more advanced usage and create a cascading context menu.

A cascading context menu is a context menu that branches off into multiple options, possibly multiple times. Let’s create a context menu option that opens a list of programs as an example:

  • The name of the command will be Show Utilities
  • It will cascade twice(two extra menus)
  • It will open in Directory Backgrounds.

Steps to making a cascading Context menu

  1. Create the base key in the same location as the Basic Command. The name of they key does not matter(It will not be the name of the option in the context menu)

  2. Make sure the (default) key is at (value not set)

  3. Add a new String Value to the key just created(type REG_SZ) and call it MUIVerb (type it exactly). Set the data of this variable to the name you want the base key to appear as on the context menu.

  4. Add a new String value to the key and call it subcommands. Leave the value blank.

  5. Create a key named shell in the key we just made:

  6. If you want to create another sub menu, repeat steps 1–5 in the created shell key. If you nest multiple menus, you’ll have multiple shell keys. I’ll leave an example at the end.

  7. To create a command that can be selected, it’s identical to creating a single context menu option but in the key we just created. Create a key in the shell key and name it what you want the option to appear as, I will call mine cmd for command prompt. In the created key, make another sub key called command and set the data of the command key to the command you wish to run upon selection.

  8. Repeat steps 1–6 and 7 as many times as you wish.

Ohidur Rahman Bappy
Ohidur Rahman Bappy
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