How to Add New Options to the System Menu in Windows 10 and 11

Xiaobai Software  2022-07-16 18: 41  read 40 views

Many software windows that you can maximize and minimize have a system menu.You can view the system menu of a software window by right-clicking on its title bar.The default system menu includes restore, maximize, minimize, move, and size window options, just to name a few.

However, you can get freeSmartSystemMenuThe software greatly expands the system menu.The program expands the system menu with 18 new options.Next, let's take a look at how to use it in Windows 11/10SmartSystemMenuExpand the system menu.


How to Extend the System Menu of Windows Applications with SmartSystemMenu

SmartSystemMenu是一个轻量级的应用程序,兼容64和32位Windows 11、10、8和7平台。它是一个便携式程序,你不需要安装。不过,你需要解压SmartSystemMenu的ZIP档案。

1. Open Softpedia's SmartSystemMenu page.

2. Click Download Now to select the Softpedia Secure Download (US) option.

3. Next, you need to open File Explorer (press Win + E) and the ZIP file of the downloaded folder SmartSystemMenu.

4. Right-click the file to select the Extract All option to unzip the ZIP archive.


5. You can change the default path of the extracted folder by clicking the Browse button.Then choose a folder to extract the ZIP.

6. Check Show extracted files settings to select this option, then click Extract to continue.


7. Double-click SmartSystemMenu.exe in its extracted folder.

8. To view the expanded system menu, open the Notepad application.To start it, press Win + S, enter Notepad in the search box, and select Text Editor.

9. Right-click on the title bar of Notepad to open the extended system menu shown in the screenshot below.


Now, you can try out the revamped system menu in Notepad.With SmartSystemMenu running in the background, you can choose from many useful new options on this menu.Seven of these options are submenus from which you can choose their alternate settings.

For example, you can make a window transparent by selecting the "Transparency" submenu.Choose a percentage value on this menu to set the transparency level.Or you can select Custom to enter a transparency value.


You can minimize windows to the system tray.To do this, select the System Tray submenu and Minimize to Tray option.You will then see a small icon in the system tray of a minimized window, which you can click to reopen the window.


The Priority submenu includes priority settings for running programs, which you can usually only choose from the Details tab in Task Manager.There you can choose from six priority options to change the system resource allocation of the window software.


You can choose different options from the "Align" submenu to align the windows.The menu includes nine options for aligning a window along the top, center, or bottom.You can also press the Alt + Num hotkey to select these alignment options.

Do you need to capture screenshots of software windows?If so, the new save screenshot option on the extended system menu will come in handy.Select this option to save BMP screenshot images of the active software window to a folder.

Always on Top is another useful new option on the extended system menu.Selecting this option will keep the software window of your choice on top of any other window.

If you do not save, your selected window options will be reset.To save all of your selected window settings for a specific program, click the Save option.Then, after you restart the software for a window, any options you choose for that window will keep your configuration.

Setting SmartSystemMenu to start automatically will save you from having to run the program manually after restarting your computer.To do this, right-click the SmartSystemMenu system tray icon and select Autostart programs.Select this option to add the program to startup items.


How to Add Program Shortcuts to the Smart System Menu

SmartSystemMenu adds a convenient "Start Program" submenu to the system menu.This submenu allows you to add software shortcuts to the system menu.You can add new shortcuts to the Start Programs menu through the SmartSystemMenu settings window, as follows:

1. Right-click the SmartSystemMenu's system tray icon and select Settings.

2. Select the "Menu (Startup Programs)" tab.


3. Press the "Add Launcher" button.

4. Click the ellipsis button in the Filename box.

5. Select a program to start the shortcut and click the Open button.

6. Enter a name for the program in the Title box.

7. Click OK in the "Start Program" window.

8. Next, click OK in the Settings window.

9. In the pop-up "Note" dialog box, select "OK".

10. To apply the new options, you need to restart SmartSystemMenu.Right-click SmartSystemMenu in the system tray and select Exit.

11. Then restart the SmartSystemMenu program and open a software window.

12. Right-click the title bar of the window and select "Start Program" on the system menu.


13. You will now see the new software shortcuts you added on this submenu.Click the shortcut to open its software from the system menu.

How to change the menu layout of SmartSystemMenu

You can also change the layout of the system menu through SmartSystemMenu options.To do this, open the SmartSystemMenu settings window from the program's system tray icon.Then click the Menu tab to see the options shown below.


You can change the order of system menu options in this tab.Select an option to change position, then click the arrow buttons to move it up or down in the menu.To remove options you don't use, uncheck their checkboxes.

Here you can also assign keyboard shortcuts to menu options.Click the option's ... (ellipsis) button to assign a hotkey.Then select the three keys as hotkeys in the drop-down menu and click OK to exit.Select "OK" to close the settings, then restart SmartSystemMenu.


Using SmartSystemMenu to Improve the Efficiency of System Menu

The default system menu for software windows is a bit basic, to say the least. SmartSystemMenu transforms the menu with all the new options it adds.With so many new options and submenus, the extended Windows 11 system menu provided by SmartSystemMenu is much more useful than the default menu.


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