Context Menu Utilities

A selection of Windows (Vista/XP) context menu utilities I created and use daily!


Paste_from_clipboard (XP)

A great way to instantly save clipboard content after a 'copy' or 'print screen' command directly to your favourite folder.

A super handy context menu utility which creates a new TXT | BMP file in the selected folder depending on what data is currently available on the clipboard.

Instructions
Right click on any folder or file within a folder to select the Paste_from_clipboard context menu utility.
  • If an image is currently on the clipboard: The utility creates individual BMP image files with the following naming convention "Clipboard_Image (number).bmp" into the current selected folder. Each new paste_from_clipboard command will create new a bmp file with a new consecutive number.
  • If plain text is on the clipboard: The utility creates a single Clipboard_Text.txt file in the selected folder and writes the plain text from the clipboard to this file. All subsequent paste_from_clipboard actions will append new clipboard text to the same Clipboard_Text.txt file.
Setup
1) Extract both files from the ZIP (paste_from_clipboard.exe, paste_from_clipboard.reg) to C:\Colin_Ord\paste_from_clipboard\
2) Navigate to C:\Colin_Ord\paste_from_clipboard\ and double click the 'paste_from_clipboard.reg' file to install. 'Okay' the two popup windows to place the nescessary commands into the registry.
3) The 'paste_from_clipboard' Context Menu command will appear instantly by right clicking on any folder or file in that folder.
4) You can edit the paths in 'paste_from_clipboard.reg' to install the utility in a different location.
5) Command line example: paste_from_clipboard.exe [drive:path][filename]
paste_from_clipboard.exe c:\program files\ will save a text or bmp file, with the contents of the clipboard, into the "Program Files" folder.

paste_from_clipboard.zip


Copy_Paths (XP, Vista)

Three filename context menu utilities to help with daily file organisation needs.

Select individual filenames, file paths or full path location of any file or folder.
  • copy_filename_to_clipboard.exe only copies the file name and extension e.g. "file.exe"
  • copy_complete_path.exe copies only the file path. The filename and extension are stripped from the text e.g. "C:\Program Files\"
  • Copy_file_location_to_clipboard.exe copies the complete path and filename to the clipboard. e.g. "C:\Program Files\file.exe"
  • Copy_Paths.reg registry file
Setup
1) Extract all four files from the ZIP to C:\Colin_Ord\Copy_Paths\
2) Navigate to C:\Colin_Ord\Copy_Paths\ and double click the 'Copy_Paths.reg' file to install. 'Okay|Yes' the two popup windows to place the nescessary commands into the registry.
3) The 'Copy Paths' Context Menu commands will appear instantly by right clicking on any folder or file in that folder.
4) You can edit the paths manually in 'Copy_Paths.reg' to install the utilities in a different location.

Copy_Paths.zip


Up_Folder (XP, Vista)
Missing the old XP file explorer 'up folder' icon in Vista? This context menu utility adds the functionalty to 'go up' the folder tree in the Windows Vista File Explorer.

Instructions:
Right click on any file or folder icon to enable this context menu utility. Simply click the Up_Folder command to navigate back up the folder tree.

Setup
1) Extract both files (up_folder.exe, up_folder.reg) to C:\Colin_Ord\Up_Folder\
2) Navigate to C:\Colin_Ord\Up_Folder\ and double click the 'Up_Folder.reg' file to install.
'Okay' the two popup windows to place the commands in the registry.
3) The Up_Folder Context Menu command will appear instantly by right clicking on any folder or file icon.
4) The 'Up_Folder.reg' paths can be manually edited to install the utility in a different location.

Special feature
This utility simply simulates the ALT+UPARROW key combination in file explorer to navigate up the folder tree.

Hint

Activate the file explorer 'folder view' for best results.

Up_Folder.zip


Duplicate_Explorer.exe
(XP, Vista)
Similar to 'Explore' on the context menu above but available in 'all' file dialog windows which have context aware menus or the 'Explore' command missing.

Open a new instance of the Windows File Explorer with the folder path associated with that item highlighted.

Setup
1) Extract both files (Duplicate_Explorer.exe, Duplicate_Explorer.reg) to C:\Colin_Ord\Duplicate_Explorer\
2) Navigate to C:\Colin_Ord\Duplicate_Explorer\ and double click the 'Duplicate_Explorer.reg' file to install.
'Okay' the two popup windows to place the commands in the registry.
3) The Duplicate_Explorer Context Menu command will appear instantly by right clicking on any folder or file in that folder.
4) You can edit the paths in 'Duplicate_Explorer.reg' to install the utility in a different location.

Hint
Windows Shortcut icons - Duplicate_explorer opens a new file explorer window with the actual location of the application (folder) highlighted. e.g. a quick way to find application folders from the shortcut icons on your desktop!

Duplicate_Explorer.zip

Disclaimer

If you choose to download and use the Context Menu Utilities you do so at your own risk.

The Context Menu Utilities on this page are freeware for commercial or private use.

License is granted to freely distribute the Context Menu Utilities on websites, with magazines etc as long as no cost is associated with its use or download. (It would also be nice to receive feedback on how you find using the software etc).
Contact

Page updated: 6th December 2009
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