Windows 8

Shutdown Windows 8 from context menu

This table shows all the keys and string values

Adding the commands

Now that we have created our cascading menu structure, we'll add the commands for each item on the menu. If you have chosen to eliminate some of the items from the SubCommands string above, you'll adjust your steps accordingly.

To begin this portion of the technique, locate and right-click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE key and select the Find command. When you see the Find dialog box, type CommandStore in the text box, make sure that only the Keys check box is selected, and then click the Find next button.

When you arrive at the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\CommandStore key, double click on it to expand its tree. Then, double click on the shell key to expand its tree. Now, pull down the Favorites menu, select the Add to Favorites command, type CommandStore in the text box, and click OK. Now, you can get back to the CommandStore key from the Favorites menu any time you need to while you are creating your cascading menu.

At this point, you are going to add two keys to the shell key for each one of the commands that you want to appear on your menu. The first key will be a name from the SubCommands value in the Shut Down key. Inside this first key, you'll then add two string values: Default and Icon. Below the first key, you'll add a subkey named command. Inside this key, you'll add one string value: Default. The keys that you will create and the string values that you will add are shown in table in Figure H. I know that this may sound confusing at first, but bear with me and it will become clearer as we work through an example.

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11 comments
jrosnow
jrosnow

 When searching for the CommandStore, make sure you have the right path.  The first search I did defaulted to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\15.0\ClickToRun\REGISTRY\MACHINE\Software|Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore.

lee_h_shannon
lee_h_shannon

The face that this article exists says it all about the Windows 8 interface.

pradipsagdeo
pradipsagdeo

I have Win7 on my desktop and Win 8 on the laptop. It took me a few seconds to figure out that Win+D brings up the familiar desktop and how to shut down Win 8 by moving the pointer to the lower right corner and bring up the menu that has the shut down button. It has been a reflex action for me now, like driving and occasionally changing the radio station at the same time. Are we so inept these days that a relatively minor change throws us off badly? Thanks. Pradip

Steve__Jobs
Steve__Jobs

*cough* where is the link to the REG file?

sangraal
sangraal

In business nowadays there seems no accountability considered of mindless decisions that bring out poor results and these decisions are even affecting everyone in business and at home! I do not blame Microsoft for their stupid operating system interface. Bu8t, the new decisions makers that I know are there and are in high positions. They fired a fall guy that utilized their own orders efficiently and soon they will have nowhere to turn. It is a shame that innovation is a thing of the past because useless business executives maintain thoughtless control over engineering aspects instead of the individuals trained to do so. It may be a plan to bring the giant down for all we know... btw the start menu is not the only re engineering I've had to do with my installs and it is quite frustrating

arcov
arcov

This is probably better then the start menu, the only thing needed is a free area on the desktop

codemonkey1
codemonkey1

Nice but. Installing stardock star8 is mobetta

MarkWAliasQ
MarkWAliasQ

Not sure how that pans out on a touch screen.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I read a lot of posts asking why people aren't using the same shortcuts in W8 that they did in previous versions. It isn't that people have forgotten them. It's that, unlike we geeks and professionals, the average user never knew them. Mice hit their desks back in the late '80s and early '90s and that's how they learned to interact with Windows. They thought it was easier to look for a visual cue than to memorize keystrokes. I agree with them.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

The link is in image 13 - maybe easier to find in the blog version.