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I originally just wanted to change the context menu item:

Edit with Vim

to

Edit with gVim Easy

and adjust the respective command appropriately.

But since I found out, some DLL is responsible on the Wiki, I decided to leave the original item in place and create a new, separate one.


Requirements to summarize:

  • gVim has to be run in Easy mode

  • The context menu item should have an icon

  • I would like not to define file types, let's make it for all files

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Before you do this, ensure you have the right path to the executable on your system!


It is as easy as saving the following code with minor adjustments for your personal needs into a file with .reg extension and running it, for this you will need administrator privileges:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\gVim]
@="Edit with &gVim Easy"
"Icon"="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Vim\\vim81\\gvim.exe"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\gVim\command]
@="\"C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Vim\\vim81\\gvim.exe\" -y \"%1\""

Parsing

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\gVim]
  • The asterisk (*) means it applies to all files

  • You can name it as you wish, I named it gVim, this won't be visible anywhere

@="Edit with &gVim Easy"
  • This on the contrary will be visible in all files' context menu

  • You can name it as you wish, just add the ampersand (&) at some place, this will be the context menu keyboard key

"Icon"="C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Vim\\vim81\\gvim.exe"
  • This is the path to an icon-containing file, which I just wanted there, it is completely optional
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\gVim\command]
  • This is self-explanatory sub-menu command
@="\"C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Vim\\vim81\\gvim.exe\" -y \"%1\""
  • Finally the executed command, you may adjust it with or without the easy mode switch (-y)

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