Extend context menu with "Open with..." for all files

When wanting to open a file with a different program than the one assigned by default, then one have to hold down the SHIFT-key while right clicking to access the "Open with..." option.

If frequently opening files with other programs than the default one then one can modify the registry so the "Open with..." option is available at right clicking without needing to hold the SHIFT-key down:

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \* \shell \openas \command]
@="Rundll32.exe Shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL %1"

Note that you might have to delete this key unless you want two "Open With.." when right-clicking a file with unknown type:

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \Unknown \shell \openas]

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Updated: 2 October 2008

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