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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Shell Extensions - Index

, 1 Jun 2002
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An index of all the articles in the Idiot's Guide

Since the Idiot's Guide series has become quite large, here is an index of all the articles that gives a quick blurb about each one, so you can quickly find the articles that interest you.

Some other dedicated folks are writing translations of the Guide. Here are the published translations:


Part I - A step-by-step tutorial on writing shell extensions

 [Part 1 screen shot - 9K]

Part I is a simple overview of shell extensions, and discusses how to debug them. The sample extension illustrates adding items to the context menu for text files.

Part II - A tutorial on writing a shell extension that operates on multiple files at once

 [Part 2 screen shot - 5K]

Part II demonstrates how to write a context menu extension that operates on all of the selected files at once. The sample project is a utility that adds registration and unregistration commands to the context menus for DLLs.

Part III - A tutorial on writing a shell extension that shows pop-up info for files

 [Part 3 screen shot - 6K]

Part III demonstrates the QueryInfo extension that customizes the infotip for text files. It also explains how to use MFC in a shell extension.

Part IV - A tutorial on writing a shell extension that provides custom drag and drop functionality

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Part IV shows how to add items to the menu displayed when the user drags and drops with the right mouse button in Explorer. The sample project is a utility that makes hard links for files. (Note: the extension is functional only on Windows 2000, but you can still compile and run the extension on previous versions of Windows. See the article for instructions.)

Part V - A tutorial on writing a shell extension that adds pages to the properties dialog of files

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Part V demonstrates how to add new pages to Explorer's Properties dialog. The sample project adds a page on which you can edit the created, modified, and last accessed times of files.

Part VI - A tutorial on writing a shell extension that can be used on the Send To menu

 [Part 6 screen shot - 9K]

Part VI discusses a drop handler extension that gets added to the SendTo menu. The sample project is a clone of the Send To Any Folder power toy.

Part VII - A tutorial on using owner-drawn menus in a context menu shell extensions, and on making a context menu extension that responds to a right-click in a directory background

 [Part 7 screen shot - 6K]

Part VII tackles two topics suggested by readers: owner-drawn menu items and the context menu for the background of directory windows. The sample project contains two extensions: a bitmap viewer (pictured above) that puts a thumbnail of BMP files in the context menu, and a simple extension that adds items to the context menu of directory backgrounds.

Part VIII - A tutorial on adding columns to Explorer's details view via a column handler shell extension

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Part VIII demonstrates how to add columns to the details view of Explorer on Windows 2000. The sample project adds a few columns that show ID3v1 tag data in MP3 files.. (This extension works only on Windows 2000.)

Part IX - A tutorial on writing an extension to customize the icons displayed for a file type.

 [Part 9 screen shot - 24K]

Part IX shows how to customize file icons on a file-by-file basis. The demo project is an extension that shows 4 different icons for text files, depending on the size of the file.

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Michael Dunn
Software Developer (Senior) VMware
United States United States
Michael lives in sunny Mountain View, California. He started programming with an Apple //e in 4th grade, graduated from UCLA with a math degree in 1994, and immediately landed a job as a QA engineer at Symantec, working on the Norton AntiVirus team. He pretty much taught himself Windows and MFC programming, and in 1999 he designed and coded a new interface for Norton AntiVirus 2000.
Mike has been a a developer at Napster and at his own lil' startup, Zabersoft, a development company he co-founded with offices in Los Angeles and Odense, Denmark. Mike is now a senior engineer at VMware.

He also enjoys his hobbies of playing pinball, bike riding, photography, and Domion on Friday nights (current favorite combo: Village + double Pirate Ship). He would get his own snooker table too if they weren't so darn big! He is also sad that he's forgotten the languages he's studied: French, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese.
 
Mike was a VC MVP from 2005 to 2009.

Comments and Discussions

 
QuestionIs it possible that the explorer load my extension dll after windows startup Pinmemberdkuser6-May-13 0:34 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberPraveen P N14-Apr-13 3:46 
QuestionShell Extension instantiated twice when Explorer Tree is right clicked. PinmemberMember 42776548-Jun-12 23:12 
QuestionPart 1 is 404 PinmemberCuchullain1-Dec-11 3:59 
QuestionHow I can insert a menu item to the context menu(pop-up menu) when no file(s)/dir(s) selected for the explorer? Pinmemberzhoufanglong12-Aug-10 20:30 
GeneralAdd button to Windows Explorer's existing toolbar PinmemberJahangirRazaShah18-Jun-10 2:34 
GeneralRe: Add button to Windows Explorer's existing toolbar Pinmemberzhoufanglong12-Aug-10 20:40 
QuestionCan we Implement "Show in Groups" Pinmembergurjant singh7-Oct-09 20:02 
QuestionNew Image File Type Showing Thumbnails? Pinmembersilentbutdeadly6-Apr-09 18:40 
QuestionCan we split the browser PinmemberJaved Akhtar Ansari21-Sep-08 19:06 

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