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Hi forum,

I have added "NP++" to the Win 11 new context menu but I don't know how to change its icon. I had tried some tweaks (create "Icon" key and subkey, linked dll instead of exe as icon...) but didn't work. Any suggestion?

Adding new entry was helped with this guide:

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Somebody somewhere has made such a cool app. Why Microsoft can't do it and integrate two menu styles (old and new)?!

 

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... integrate two menu styles (old and new)?!
Naw! One or the other! Not both! Too messy! Preferably the classic!
 

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To be honest, I'm growing quite weary of jumping through hoops in an effort to preserve what was once functional and familiar!

I feel like a fecking dolphin at SeaWorld!!!
 

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Somebody somewhere has made such a cool app.
Thanks a lot for sharing this nice discovery. 👍
It's good to note that it's a portable app, working on every OS (W7 > W11).


Why Microsoft can't do it and integrate two menu styles (old and new)?!
I guess it's more a commercial purpuse.
The new skin given to File Explorer is precisely what justifies the existence of Windows 11, to impose the TPM 2.0 chips.
Less than 2 years ago, Microsoft's plan was to call the OS simply "Windows", on which you can install whatever is compatible with your hardware. And we could hope for a wider personalization.
But all that smells too much of Linux, and therefore very bad for keeping business monopolies.
Money, money, money.

Perhaps your question has alresdy been a request in ExplorerPatcher. (Forum's thread / GitHub closed issues & discussions).
Otherwise you could submit it to the Shell 1.6 developers (GitHub issues).
 

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Naw! One or the other! Not both! Too messy! Preferably the classic!

The new one but...! If it becomes like (less space between items and narrower):

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To be honest, I'm growing quite weary of jumping through hoops in an effort to preserve what was once functional and familiar!
I feel like a fecking dolphin at SeaWorld!!!

I had the classic one activated (by registry tweak/trick). About three months ago, I decided to switch to the new one (new Menu) and practice getting used to it (because of our unknown UI's future). I am dying to bring NP++ (portable), Everything (portable) and 7Z to the new Menu, by asking their authors. All say they would consider that whenever they switch to Win 11! Just Igor (7Z author) had a significant answer (thanks to him from here for his great app with its great UI). They (the Shell app's authors) did the exact thing I need, see SS above (my new right click menu), I love it. What this tiny (portable ) app did for me? But I don't use it!!

Thanks a lot for sharing this nice discovery. 👍


:thumbsup: I am glad it works for you. If you like you can consider reading this full (somehow) Q&A about new Menu (adding Code to the Right Click):



It's good to note that it's a portable app, working on every OS (W7 > W11).

That's the reason I don't use it (Shell). It's an app and has to be work as an BG process. It doesn't implement in Registry and doesn't work as an OS patch, it works as an app. I like it to be part of OS. I appreciate their work. That's great. I love it (its UI).

I guess it's more a commercial purpuse.
The new skin given to File Explorer is precisely what justifies the existence of Windows 11, to impose the TPM 2.0 chips.
Less than 2 years ago, Microsoft's plan was to call the OS simply "Windows", on which you can install whatever is compatible with your hardware. And we could hope for a wider personalization.
But all that smells too much of Linux, and therefore very bad for keeping business monopolies.
Money, money, money.

Exactly! You can read more about those limitations (the same link above). It seems, Microsoft has decided to make UI personalization more limited, and implements its democracy!

They work Binary like their OS. Every morning there are just two options in front of them:
1- If the last night everything was good, then everything in our OS design (OS Core and UI) will go well as before. We take care of Win 11 forever.
2- If the last night nothing was good, then we will destroy everything, and will start again (OS core and UI). We will develop Win 12, 13, Win N …

Yeah, $ is everything and everywhere (except my pocket and wallet, they are under my rug)! HP & MS, Lenovo & MS, AMD & MS, Adobe & MS partnership. The HW companies have to sell more, how?! The recent one (Adobe & MS) had a huge impact on Adobe apps' function on Win 11 (they were terrible, and they've got more terrible now, specifically Photoshop, I don't know if you are aware of it or not, the RAM issue, there are massive complaints about that on Adobe forum, and just guess what are they advising?! They say upgrade your HW!!!)

Perhaps your question has alresdy been a request in ExplorerPatcher. (Forum's thread / GitHub closed issues & discussions).
Otherwise you could submit it to the Shell 1.6 developers (GitHub issues).

Many thanks :thumbsup:. I have already read it. I am not a fan of ExplorerPatcher.
 
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I prefer the classic menu where I can control what and where to add what I wish...
I don't care for the glyphs either, I'd rather see real program icons.

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Your Menu (UI) is the new one with classic items on it! I like it this way (real icons, not glyphs), except for the OS original items with their duo-colour glyphs. AFAIK, our brain responds faster to the real icons than the monochrome glyphs. It can distinguish the specific app faster by seeing its original colourised icon instead of a monochrome glyph. As you can see (in my SS), NP++, Everything and 7Z have their icons on Menu (I have changed Everything's icon).
 
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Your Menu (UI) is the new one with classic items on it!
Oops! No, it's the menus modified by StartAllBack..., I had one setting wrong...

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It's the menus modified by StartAllBack...
I got it. I mean, I knew the Menu (its UI) had been modified by a third-party app (StartAllBack, I am not familiar with). As I realized, it is something between the Classic and the New! It's not left nor right, just in the middle of the road. It doubts about it to select the right one!

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The specific thing I like about the new Menu is the high-traffic functions row! I love this one, the most practical, functional UI design in the new Menu, the best design engineering Microsoft has done yet :thumbsup:. It helps me a lot. I use the "Rename" function a lot (more than a lot). By bringing those most common commands to the top of the Menu as a separate single row (and next to each other), I can do it faster than ever.

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"The most common commands – cut, copy, paste, delete, and rename – are far from the mouse pointer, touch point, or pen", Microsoft said (link below, and I am totally agree with them):

 

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