Add Useful Commands to your Start Menu, incl. “Run” Sub-Menu – Classic Shell

  1. Right-click the Start Menu, select ‘Settings’
  2. Click “All Settings” at the bottom
  3. Click the “Customize Start menu” Tab
  4. Right-click “RunItem” in the left Column
  5. Click “Edit Item”
  6. Check the button “Split Button Item” at the bottom
  7. Click OK
  8. Right-click “RunItem” again
  9. Click “Create Sub-Menu”
  10. Click where it says “<empty menu>”
  11. Scroll to the bottom of the right column and double-click “Custom Command” 20 times, to create 20 menu items underneath “Run Item”
  12. Right-Click the first New Item & click “Edit Item”
  13. In the “Command” box, type: cmd
  14. In the “Label” box, type: cmd
  15. in the Icon Box, browse to the proper Icon, located in shell32, or browse to the system32 folder, or another icon of your choice
  16. Click OK
  17. Right-Click the first New Item again, & click “Rename Item”
  18. Give it a name with no spaces & no punctuation (for “services.msc”, type “Services_Msc”, and for “ipconfig /all” type “Ipconfig_All”, etc.. )
  19. Repeat steps 12 to 18 with all of the New Item buttons, using the commands below (add any custom commands you like):
    • msconfig
    • cmd
    • regedit
    • appwiz.cpl
    • charmap
    • magnify
    • compmgmt.msc
    • devmgmt.msc
    • dfrg.msc
    • diskmgmt.msc
    • gpedit.msc
    • services.msc
    • cleanmgr
    • chkdsk
    • osk
    • ipconfig /release
    • ipconfig /flushdns
    • ipconfig /renew
    • ipconfig /registerdns
  • For Items that need the Command Prompt Window Left Open:
  • In the “Command” box, type: cmd /k <command>
  • In the “Label” box, type the name of the command, for example:
    • Command Box: cmd /k sfc /scannow
    • Label Box: sfc /scannow
  • or
    • Command Box: cmd /k ipconfig /all
    • Label Box: ipconfig /all
  • To Create Items with Administrator Privileges or Advanced Security Settings:
    • Save Shortcuts to all such programs to a Shortcuts folder on your computer
    • Rename you Shortcuts to something like “cmd Administrator”, etc..
    • Create a new Item under the Run Command
    • Right-Click it and select “Edit Item”
    • In the “Link” field, browse to your Shortcuts Folder
    • In the “Label” Field, type something like “Run as Administrator”
    • Dont select “Split Button” unless u want it to open the folder on click as well
    • Click OK
    • Right-Click it and select “Rename Item”
    • Name it something like “Run_Admin”
    • Click OK
    • Click OK to close & apply Settings
  • You can also create a folder with Shortcuts to all of your common Bat files on a permanent location on your computer, then create a new MenuItem which links to that folder of Bat Shortcuts, the same as the ‘Run as Administrator’ folder described above… shortcuts allow you to customize the icons..It will show a fly-out submenu to all of your bat files

    For example, a “Refresh Network Settings” bat file, with the following saved as ‘Refresh Network Settings.bat’:

    echo off
    cls
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /flushdns
    ipconfig /renew
    ipconfig /registerdns
    exit

  • To add Task Scheduler to the Run Sub-menu:
    • Add a New Item in the Run Sub-menu
    • Right-Click > Rename Item > TaskScheduler
    • Right-Click again > Edit Item:
      • Command: %windir%\system32\taskschd.msc /s
      • Label: Taskschd
      • Icon: %SystemRoot%\System32\miguiresource.dll, 600
    • Click OK
  • Add a Recycle Bin Button to the Start Menu:
    • Command:
      • ::{645ff040-5081-101b-9f08-00aa002f954e}
    • Label:
      • Recycle Bin
    • Icon:
      • shell32.dll, 33
  • Add Shortcuts to Specific Sound & Microphone Properties Tabs: 

    Audio Properties:

    • Custom Item > Rename > AudioProperties
    • Edit Item:
      • Command:
        • Playback Tab:
          • %windir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,0
      • Label:
        • Audio Properties
      • Icon:

        • see below

    Microphone Properties:

    • Custom Item > Rename > MicProperties
    • Edit Item:
      • Command:
        • Recording Tab:
          • %windir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,1
      • Label:
        • Mic Properties
      • Icon:

        • see below

    Other Tabs in the Audio Device Control Properties:

      • Sounds Tab:
        • %windir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,2
      • Communications Tab:
        • %windir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL mmsys.cpl,,3
  • Add a Button to the Windows Backup And Restore Control Panel, so after you click this button, all you need to do is click “Back-up”
    • Command:
      • %windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{B98A2BEA-7D42-4558-8BD1-832F41BAC6FD}
    • Label:
      • Back-Up
    • Icon:
      • sdcpl.dll
      • 1
  • To Create Buttons for System Restore Points:
    • Creating Instant Restore Points:
      • Download this VBscript for Creating Instant Background Restore Points
      • Save the VBS file to a permanent place on your Computer where you save all of your VBsripts
      • Classic Shell New Item:
        • Link: complete location & name of the .vbs file (if you use File Menu Tools, Just Right-click the .vbs file > FileMenu Tools > Copy Path, then Paste it into the Link Field
        • Label: Instant Restore Point
        • Icon: type “srrstr.dll” and select 101, or See Below
    • Creating Restore Points with Naming Dialog & Confirmation:
      • Download this VBscript for Creating System Restore Points with Naming Prompt & Confirmation
      • Save the VBS file to a permanent place on your Computer where you save all of your VBsripts
      • Classic Shell New Item:
        • Link: complete location & name of the .vbs file (if you use File Menu Tools, Just Right-click the .vbs file > FileMenu Tools > Copy Path, then Paste it into the Link Field
        • Label: Create Restore Point
        • Icon: See Below
    To create a button to the System Restore Tab in the System Protection Control box:
    • Command:
      • control.exe sysdm.cpl,,4
    • Label:
      • Open Restore
    • Icon:
      • See Below
  • Add a Button to Empty Recycle Bin on All Drives to Start Menu:

    **Permanently Deletes all Items in Recycle Bin without Warning Prompt

    Requires placing nircmd in your System Folder

    • Command:
      • nircmd.exe emptybin
    • Label:
      • Empty Recycle Bin
    • Icon:
      • Imageres.dll
      • 54

    Here are some Images for Making Your Own Icons:

     

     

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