You can add personal context menu commands for file types like PowerShell files. These context menu commands appear when you right-click a .ps1 file. They are specific to your account, and you don’t need admin privileges to set them up.

Here is a script that does it for you. Just adjust the first two variables: specify the command as it should appear in the context menu, and the command to execute. In the command, use “%1” as a placeholder for the path to the PowerShell script path that was right-clicked:

# specify your command name
$ContextCommand = "Open Script with Notepad"
# specify the command to execute. "%1" represents the file path to your
# PowerShell script
$command = 'notepad "%1"'


$baseKey = 'Registry::HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.ps1'
$id = (Get-ItemProperty $baseKey).'(Default)'
$ownId = $ContextCommand.Replace(' ','')
$contextKey = "HKCU:\Software\Classes\$id\Shell\$ownId"
$commandKey = "$ContextKey\Command"

New-Item -Path $commandKey -Value $command -Force
Set-Item -Path $contextKey -Value $ContextCommand

Once you run this script, there is a new context menu command called “Open Script with Notepad”. You can hook up and design any command, including GitHub or backup commands for your scripts.

Important: Your custom commands will not show in the context menu when you chose a non-default application for OpenWith. The commands only appear when Notepad is your default OpenWith application.

To remove all custom context menu extensions, run this:

$baseKey = 'Registry::HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.ps1'
$id = (Get-ItemProperty $baseKey).'(Default)'
$contextKey = "HKCU:\Software\Classes\$id"
Remove-Item -Path $contextKey -Recurse -Force

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