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Old 15th March 2019, 22:01   #1  |  Link
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context menu shell extension Open with++

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https://github.com/stax76/OpenWithPlusPlus

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If you are looking for freeware software which site do you go to?
I like FileHippo.

I recently wanted to find Windows v3.1 SDK and found it difficult to locate until I came upon "http://devel.archefire.org", where it resides along with much other stuff.
[A Liniux style repository, some preference to what looks like Italian (or maybe Spanish/Portuguese, as well as English).]
http://devel.archefire.org/files.php?file=/

EDIT: Here the SDK (get the 7z, the other is expanded files):- http://devel.archefire.org/files.php...indows/_TOOLS_
[Edit: In the SDK, can expand files ending in "_" via 7zip, they are CAB files, without the '.Cab' extension.]
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The last couple of years I wasn't looking for software that much, the only site I visit from time to time is https://alternativeto.net where I submitted Open with++ as alternative for Open++.
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There was a problem on Win 7 causing an error on startup, it's fixed in the latest realease. It has some minor new features and cosmetics included.

https://github.com/stax76/OpenWithPlusPlus
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v2.0 is now available.

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The forum software sucks for images and code on my setup, I've resized the image to 50% and still it breaks the page layout. I wish it could be fixed, most modern forum software don't have such kind of issue.

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hey stax76,

im not quite shure what exactly i can use this for.
Also, do you have an Description in German for this?

That would be very nice..

THX

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Hello BetA13,

it does allow you to customize the context menu in Windows File Explorer. You can create your own menu items and define when they are shown, how they are shown and what they do when you click on them, the short answer is it runs a command line so basic command line knowledge is required.

StaxRip executes command line tools so working on that I learned the basics but really never embraced the command line concept, I never bothered to learn windows batch scripting and never will. Also for staxrip I needed a player with a decent command line interface and mpv was really the only player having that, so I started to learn mpv and this finally after 20 years opened my eyes on how powerful the command line is, so I started to embrace the concept and get serious on learning powershell.

When they are shown

It means you can define for which type of file or folder they are shown. You can define that the menu is shown for all file extensions or only for certain file extensions or for directories.

Example Visual Studio Code:

It's a really amazing text/code editor, there are too many file extensions for text files so it makes sense to show the menu item of Visual Studio Code for all files, even for mkv etc. To do this you enter *.* in the File Types field. Visual Studio Code allows you also to open a folder, it is useful for many types of projects and languages but also for any type of text file. It has a find in files feature that will search for a string in all files of the opened folder including all sub folders. There are tools like File Locator Pro that can do that too but why install an extra tool if you already have one that can already do the job. What will also work for this task is PowerShell:

PS1> Get-ChildItem -Recurse | Select-String regex

Trash\rename.ps1:1:$pattern = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter a regex pattern"


PS1> gci -rec | sls regex

Trash\rename.ps1:1:$pattern = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter a regex pattern"

To show a menu item for folders in Open with++ check 'Show for directories', the menu item will be shows if you right-click a folder or a folder background. My full definition for VS Code is:

Name: Visual Studio Code
File Types: *.*
Path: C:\Program Files\Microsoft VS Code\Code.exe
Arguments: %paths%
Show for directories: checked

How they are shown

This means simply either on top level or in a submenu which is called: Open with++

My most often used menu commands are:

Visual Studio Code
PowerShell
Copy Paths

Since I use these menu command very often I show them on top level instead of in the 'Open with++' submenu, other more rarely used menu command such as mkvtoolnix gui, mpc-be, mpc-hc, mpv, staxrip, virtualdub2, vlc etc. are in my 'Open with++' submenu because I use these commands not so often. What is on top level because I use it often is MediaInfo, for that I have my own frontend:

Name: MediaInfo
File Types: %audio% %video% %subtitle% %image% (that are macros defined in the options dialog, these macros are used for all menu commands that deal with audio, video, subtitle and image files)
Path: D:\Projekte\VB\StaxRip\bin\StaxRip.exe
Arguments: -mediainfo %paths%

I made some improvements to my MediaInfo frontend in recent staxrip beta builds.

Currently I'm working hard on improving my PowerShell knowledge so I have a PowerShell menu command on top level, to show it I right click a folder or folder background and select the command in the menu. Windows has that built in by pressing shift key. The definition for my powershell menu command is:

Name: PowerShell
Path: powershell
Arguments: -nologo
Show for directories: checked

That's all because 'Open with++' will set the working directory to the directory of the selected files or folders. If you want to use ancient legacy tech that never was any good then you can show the command prompt with:

Name: CMD
Path: cmd
Show in submenu: checked
Show for directories: checked

Windows Terminal Preview can be used like so:

Name: Windows Terminal
Path: wt
Show for directories: checked

Windows Terminal does unlike cmd and powershell not start with the proper working directory but it has a setting to make it work: "startingDirectory" : null

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/wi...ot:overviewtab

Very often the file or folder paths have to be copied to the clipboard, this is especially true if you code, because of that Windows has that built pressing shift before you open the context menu, I don't want to use the shift key all the time so I have my own menu command:

Name: Copy Paths
File Types: *.*
Path: powershell
Arguments: -file "D:\Projekte\PS1\copy paths.ps1" %paths%
Show for directories: checked
Run hidden: checked

'Run hidden' prevents the terminal to be shown, for this task it's not that useful. The -File switch of powershell tells powershell to run a powershell script, when the -File switch is used powershell will exit afterwards, this can be prevented with -noexit switch or in code with things like Pause or Read-Host. The %paths% macros will expand to the selected files and folders, in powershell it can be accessed with the $args variable. The full code needed for the Copy Paths menu command is pretty simple:

Code:
Set-Clipboard ($args -join "`r`n")
What they do when you click on them

It runs a command line, for that you define a Path and Arguments. ShellExecuteEx is used to run it. The shell extension is done with C++ as dotnet is not suitable for it. The selected files and folders are available in the %paths% macro, it expands to "file1" "folder1" etc. It expands environment variables in the Path and in the Arguments. You can define 'Run as admin' or if you only sometimes need something running as admin you can press shift or control.

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Oh dear... Thanks for the description
I do not understand it all, but i think i do know what you use it for now..
The example with staxrip was good..
I think i can use this for some stuff...

Thank you for this deep description with some examples, that really helped me understand it a bit better.

Downloading now...
Tomorow im gonna take it for a testdrive :P

Thanks again for taking the Time and explaining it in that depth...


Best Regards...
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You are welcome. What is the same topic is sometimes you want to delete context menu items that are defined in the Registry either by Windows or by an installed app. While it can be perfectly achieved with regedit it makes sense to do it with a powershell script. It's a relative easy task that is well suited to practice powershell. An example would be deleting the 'Edit with Paint 3D' menu item that is defined for jpg files. This can be achieved in one line:

Remove-Item "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Classes\SystemFileAssociations\.jpg\Shell\3D Edit" -Force -Recurse

Saved in a powershell script (*.ps1) it can be executed every time Windows was installed. By default, ps1 files are opened with Visual Studio Code on my system, I find that the easiest way to execute a powershell script is using Open with++, for that I defined a menu command:

Name: Execute
File Types: ps1
Path: powershell
Arguments: -nologo -noexit -file %paths%

Also related is editing the New Menu, for that I coded a simple GUI app. This app is based on a brand-new and exciting platform called .NET Core 3.0, it is the successor of the .NET Framework, a brand that was discontinued in favor of the Core brand. Downside for users is that it's not yet part of the OS, but it will be in the future.

https://github.com/stax76/ShellNew
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There was a bug in the search/filter feature, so I released a new version. I've also greatly improved the help content of the start page.

https://github.com/stax76/OpenWithPlusPlus
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v3.0 fixes the terrible Win+X menu bug.

And the help content of the start page was further improved.

This tool is now complete.

https://github.com/stax76/OpenWithPlusPlus
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Thanks for the Update

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