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    Accessories Desktop Context Menu - Create in Windows 8

    Accessories Desktop Context Menu - Create in Windows 8
    How to Add a "Windows Accessories" Cascading Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8
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    29 Mar 2013
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    How to Add a "Windows Accessories" Cascading Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8

    information   Information
    This tutorial will show you how to add a cascading (expandable) Windows Accessories desktop context menu for all users in Windows 8.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to add or remove this desktop context menu, but all users are able to use it.

    Note   Note
    The Windows Accessories folder in Windows 8 is located at the paths below.

    Current User:
    %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Accessories

    All Users:
    %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Accessories


    EXAMPLE: "Windows Accessories" Cascading Desktop Context Menu

    Name:  Windows_8_Accessories.jpg
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Size:  56.7 KB



    Here's How:

    1. To Add "Windows Accessories" to the Desktop Context Menu

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.

    Add_W8_Accessories_to_Desktop_Context_Menu.reg

    download

    2. To Remove "Windows Accessories" from the Desktop Context Menu
    NOTE:
    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.

    Remove_W8_Accessories_from_Desktop_Context_Menu.reg


    download

    3. Save the REG file to your desktop.

    4. Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

    5. Click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted to approve the merge.

    6. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

    7. Right click or press and hold on your desktop to see the change.
    NOTE: You could press the + D keys to go to your desktop.



    That's it,
    Shawn
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    Dutchess County, NY
    Posts : 17
    Window 8 Pro with Media Center


    Nice but, I only get the Windows Accessories with the right arrow/carrot thing. Click on it nothing happens. I used the download.

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    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    Hello Jere,

    It sounds like you may not have done all of step 5 to approve merging the .reg file. If you click on "No" or "Cancel" by mistake, it will not fully work.

    Please try merging the .reg file again to see if that may be the case.
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    Dutchess County, NY
    Posts : 17
    Window 8 Pro with Media Center


    Name:  Windows Accessories right click.jpg
Views: 6583
Size:  27.9 KBSo I have done it twice. As the graphic shows, I have the Windows Accessories in my context menu, it can be highlighted but nothing happens or drops down. I have not gone into my regedit yet. It's not critical. But it always concerns me when some simple little alteration doesn't work as intended.
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    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    Ok. Let's see if we may be able to troubleshoot why it's not working for you.

    Do you get all of the prompts from step 5 when you merge the .reg file?

    If you have not already, see if restarting the computer may help. It's not required to restart, but you may have some glitch that doing so may help.

    Does your Windows 8 drive have the C: drive letter?
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    Dutchess County, NY
    Posts : 17
    Window 8 Pro with Media Center


    I don't understand. I just checked again & it's there! Everything is fine. Thanks.
    Last edited by jerendeb; 30 Mar 2013 at 17:47. Reason: Correct response
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    Posts : 20,466
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    Great news.

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