Your Menu is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that lets you add programs to the Windows context menu for quick launching.
The Windows Explorer context menu provides a quick way to start frequently-used applications. While that's not it primary purpose -- file management is -- it can still be a quick way if you use the system regularly.
Although there are quicker ways to access applications, such as placing program links in the Windows 7 taskbar or a third-party program launcher, the context menu is accessible directly from within the Windows Explorer interface and does not require additional software to run in the background.
Program links in the Windows Explorer context menu - commonly referred to as the right-click menu - can be edited in the Windows Registry. Users wary of hand-editing the registry can use the Your Menu application to generate new program links easily.
One outstanding feature of Your Menu is the fact that the program generates a Registry file giving you full control over the process. Instead of applying the changes right away in the background, this allows you to verify that only those changes are made to the Registry.
Your Menu allows users to add both single commands and submenus to the context menu. Single commands are usually links to executable files, such as Thunderbird or Firefox. Submenus contain several links. Note that Your Menu refers to submenus as "cascading commands". Each single command and cascading command also has an associated Menu Name.
A click on the "Generate REG file" button creates the file that needs to be executed to add the new entries to the Windows Registry. There is also an undo file to later remove the context menu entries from the Registry. Upon execution, the entries become available immediately. There is no need to restart or kill the explorer.exe process to see the changes to the context menu.
A click on a newly added link will automatically launch the program. Your Menu is a free program designed for the Windows 7 operating system. It is compatible with both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the operating system, and also with older and newer versions of Windows.
Update: The developer website is no longer available. We have uploaded the latest working version of the Your Menu application to our own server. You can download the program with a click on the following link: YourMenu1.zip
Note that we do not support it in any way.
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