How to add icon to context menu (right click drop-down)

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    W10 Windows 10 Home 10.0.1863 Build 18363.
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    How to add icon to context menu (right click drop-down)


    using windows 10 version 2004 OS Build 19041.330

    Hello:
    I have spent the last few hours searching how to add icon to context menu (right click drop-down).
    I found lots of regedit suggestions but none worked with my version of W10.

    What I want to do is place an icon on the item "Search Google for..."
    Please note in my snapshot that there are icons for some of the drop-down items.

    I think it would make it easier to quickly find if "Search Google for..." had an icon in front of it.

    Thanks
    Terry in Alberta
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  3. Posts : 21
    W10 Windows 10 Home 10.0.1863 Build 18363.
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    Thanks for responding so quickly , Compumind.
    I found the same advice earlier on a similar web page. It didn't do the trick. Must be a different version of W10 that the person who wrote this webpage on the link you sent.

    Here is a snap of what I get when I go to the suggested settings in regedit:

    How to add icon to  context menu (right click drop-down)-capture.jpg

    Note no choice to edit, no google setting
    Thanks Y (Terry)
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    That's your browser's context menu.

    How to add icon to  context menu (right click drop-down)-browser.jpg

    I can find an addon.


    How to add icon to  context menu (right click drop-down)-context-search.jpg


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  5. Posts : 21
    W10 Windows 10 Home 10.0.1863 Build 18363.
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    context menu


    I am sorry Callendar, I do not understand. My context menu when I right click doesn't look anything like the detailed image that you sent.
    Mine looks like this: How to add icon to  context menu (right click drop-down)-dropdown.png
    Regards, Yreet (Terry)
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  6. Posts : 15,997
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
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    Hello @yrret,

    yrret said:
    I have spent the last few hours searching how to add icon to context menu (right click drop-down).
    I found lots of regedit suggestions but none worked with my version of W10.

    What I want to do is place an icon on the item "Search Google for..."
    Please note in my snapshot that there are icons for some of the drop-down items.

    Does this help? => How to Add Change Icon to Context Menu of New Libraries in Windows 10.

    I have customised my Context Menu and given each item an icon that I preferred. For example, you can either use the default icon, or something like this small snippet from a .reg file once you have found a .ico that you want to use . . .
    Code:
    "MUIVerb"="View Owner"
    "Icon"="C:\\Users\\System-Admin\\System-Admin_Icons\\MyViewOwner.ico"
    "Position"="Top"
    I hope this helps!
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  7. Posts : 21
    W10 Windows 10 Home 10.0.1863 Build 18363.
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    context menu


    Hi Paul Black:
    Thanks, but, you are way over my registry editing skill level.
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  8. Posts : 3,953
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    @yrret -

    Be very careful in the registry. Glad that @Callender pointed that out. Whew!

    Make a backup of your registry in any case.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/322756/how-to-back-up-and-restore-the-registry-in-windows


    Better to be safe than sorry!

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  9. Posts : 11,357
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    Terry,

    There is a fundamental misconception running through this thread.
    - You are not trying to alter your context menu.
    - You are trying to alter a context menu set up by an application.
    - The two subjects are different.
    - Most of the advice you have been receiving is about adding or altering your own context menu in File explorer [which is not the context menu in question - see Callender's post #4].

    I suggest that you can only do what you want if somebody else has done it before and has documented the job sufficiently clearly for you to be able to follow their procedure. If there is a solution, it is bound to involve sophisticated alterations to the Registry or Google's files.
    - If that context menu entry was created by some third-party utility / add-on then try looking in their support site.
    - You could try a general internet search on the subject or a search in Google support or a search in Google's user forums {if there are any} but I do not expect that you will find a solution even if you waste half your life looking.
    - Given your earlier comment about Registry editing, I think it would be a waste of your time to continue looking into this unless Callender's post takes you forward in some significant way. Get on with your life instead.
    - Addn - Somebody else has said that they think I'm doing you down. I am not. I am suggesting what I think is your best course of action.

    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 07 Jul 2020 at 22:54.
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  10. Posts : 3,953
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    Try3 said:
    - You are not trying to alter your context menu.
    - You are trying to alter a context menu set up by an application.
    - The two subjects are different.
    Grain of truth but that's what customizing is. You have to be careful!
    Too much work for the smallest gain, in this case.

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