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Add search engine option to windows explorer context menu

  1. #1

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    windows 8.1

    Add search engine option to windows explorer context menu


    I am using windows 8.1 and i wonder whether there is any possibility of adding custom search engines to the windows explorer's context menu.

    For example, let's say someone wants to check out the plot and rating of a downloaded movie.
    He would have to visit and search for that movie...
    ..or just right click the file and click "search to (his desired search engine)".

    Is this possible? How could i do it?

    It should look like this....
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails context menu.jpg  

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    Windows 8.0 x64

    I can find Raise The Red Lantern in imdb using
    Find - IMDb

    So that makes me think you need a program to split the filename by word separators. It should look for Caps as start of word, or space as end of word. Then it could use ShellExecute to launch the default browser. The placeholder for right clicked file is "%1" but I don't think you can substitute that in the menu string. I think is it static. So the menu should say something like
    Search IMDB
    or Search Internet Movie Database

    To set up see any guide for Adding Command to All Files Context Menu

    having done that I get this link
    windows 7 - How can I add a program to the context menu of all files? - Super User

    Now you just need a program that checks for "multiple words" in the file name title and launches the browser using the search string. That should only be a few lines of code.

    Someone adept at Regular Expressions may volunteer how to split out the filename into words using spaces or Caps as delimiter. Just about any Windows programming language can call ShellExecute() API once you have the browser search string to feed it.
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Add search engine option to windows explorer context menu

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