Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Adding Website link to Start panel

Start panel, Adding link to Start panel
Suppose, a visit a website frequently. If you add link of that site in your start menu, you'll access it  so fast. By editing registry, you can add link of your favorite site in the start menu.  If the site is yours, you can also add a registry file so that user of your site can easily add that link to their own computer. To do this, just follow these steps-

1. Go to Start>Run &  type "regedit".
2. Registry-Editor will launche.Now expand the  folder named-"HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT" then CLSID.
3. Scroll down until "{2559a1f6-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}" is found. Expand This.
4. Right click to-"(default)" under "{2559a1f6-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}", & click "modify".
5. Write "Techtips-World" on "value data" section & then click "OK".
6. Then you have to set icon which will shown on start menu before the name. For this, make a folder. Select "{2559a1f6-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}" folder once again then right-click on it. Now select "New" & then "Key". Now subfolder of "DefaultIcon" is created.
7. Right click on "DefaultIcon" folder which is just created by you. By expanding "new" & selecting "string value", make a new string-value. Rename that created value with "(Default)". This is the location of  icon which you decide to set.
8. Here I use the icon that is located on "shell32.dll".To use these icons, right-click the new (Default) string value that you created and select modify. Then type -%SystemRoot%\\system32\\shell32.dll,-47 in the value box and click OK to save. The 47 in that line is the index of the icon that I wanted to use for my link to Techtips-World. If you want to use a different icon, replace the 47 with the icon index number you want. You can use any icon that you want. If you want to use an icon that is made or downloaded by you, enter the full path of the icon in place of mentioned above.
9. Now that the shortcut is set up, specify what it is supposed to do. To do this, expand the Instance folder that is inside the {2559a1f6-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0} folder and then expand the InitPropertyBag folder.
10. Inside the InitPropertyBag folder, you will be making the last changes for this hack. To start off, you will want to create a new string value and call it Command. You can create this by right-clicking the InitPropertyBag folder and selecting New, and then String Value.
11. Right-click the new string value that you created and select modify. Key in Techtips-World in the value data box and click OK. This value will be the text that is displayed on the Start Panel.
12. Now you are almost finished. Create one more string value in the InitPropertyBag folder and name it Param1. Then right-click the string value, select Modify, type http://techtips-world.blogspot.com/, and click OK to save.

You are now finished! Once you log off and log back on, the changes will be activated. If you wish to make a shortcut that points to a different Web site, just replace all of the Techtips-World’s to the name of the site that you want it to point to. Also you will have to modify the value of the Param1 string value to hold the address of the new Web site. Be sure to always include http:// in front of your URLs so that the shortcut works properly.

Also, as I mentioned before, if you own a Web site, creating a Start panel button would be a cool feature to give your visitors. You can create a registry file of your registry that you can distribute to other users. Then, all they have to do is double-click the file and click Yes on the import screen. To make a registry file, just select the {2559a1f6-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0} folder and right-click it. Then select Export from the menu and save the file. The file should only be a few bytes, so it will be easy to distribute the file on the Web. Keep in mind that this registry file will only work on Windows XP machines, so be sure to relay that information to visitors of your Web site if you choose to offer your registry file up for download.