Sometimes it is advantageous to have a choice of programs to open a file. For example, occasionally you may wish to open a .txt file in Word instead of using Notepad. Or you may have two Internet browsers and want to be able to use either to open .html files. Also, it is sometimes desirable to have separate programs for different functions. You may wish to open (display) pictures with one program and do editing with another. In this case it is often convenient to have the extra functions listed explicitly in the right-click context menu.
The picture of part of a context menu shownabove illustrates the use of multiple actions for a single file type. In this example, which uses the HTM,HTML type, seven programs and eight functions are involved as listed in the table below.Note that separately listed actions do not have to actually be different types of functions. They just need to have different names. So, for example, you could "Open" a .txt file with Notepad, "View" it with Wordpad, and "Read" it with Microsoft Word, in all cases doing the same thing but using different programs. To keep track of what program is being invoked, you can use the name of the program in the description of the action. Thus for .jpg files you could name one action "Open with Internet Explorer" and name another "Open with Paint Shop Pro", where the content inside the quotes indicates the entries that will appear in your right-click menu. Similarly, for .html files, you could have both "Open with Internet Explorer" and "Open with Netscape". Click here to see a short slide show that details the steps for adding functions to the right-click context menu.
|Open||Internet Explorer||Display the page|
|Quickview||Quick View||Show code (no editing possible)|
|Read||Notepad||Simple Editing of code|
|Edit||DevPad||Editing with a number of features|
|Internet Explorer||Print resolved page (not code)|
|Edit with Dreamweaver||Dreamweaver||Powerful editor for Web development|
|Open with Opera||Opera||Display the page with different browser|
|Edit with Word||MS Word||WYSIWYG editing|