I am running Windows 7 Professional. I have used the context menu for each of several file types to specify vim in the "open with" field. There are times I want to open the selected file with vim and times I want to open it with gvim. So I have both vim and gvim in the context menu when I right-click a file. The problem is that both vim and gvim have the same icon and the same program description -- "Vi Improved - A Text Editor", so they are indistinguishable in the list of programs from which to choose in the "open with" field. And whichever one I last used is the one that appears first, so I can't just select based on their relative position in the list. Is there a way that I can edit the description on each executable to make it distinct?
This requires you to edit the registry.
regedit.exe and navigate to the file extension under
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT. Text files for example would be
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > .txt
(Default) data set will define the file type,
txtfile in this example.
The next step is to navigate to the shell section of file type entry under
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > txtfile > shell
Create a new Key (right click on shell > New > Key) and name the key the text you'd like to see (Open Text with console vim). Make a new key under this and name it
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > txtfile > shell > Open Text with console vim > command
(Default) value to the command line string you'd like to execute. Use
%1 to represent the file argument
cmd /K "C:\Vim\vim.exe" %1
If you want to open a file in gvim you can ditch the
cmd /K stuff and just run the command directly
Now when you right click on any .txt file you'll see a new menu option.
Unfortunately you'll have to create this entry under every file type you want a special menu for. If you are defining new extension types you can always group the file type together by setting the
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > .txt contains the same
(Default) value as