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The applications Text Converter, Image Converter, Filelist Creator, Image Resizer and Easy MP3 Player include functions to create shortcuts with files or folders and in the explorer context menu. With this, you are able to access files, playlists and configurations easily and more comfortable. You can find the settings regarding shortcuts and an overview over all current shortcuts of the proigram in the menu "Settings > Shortcuts with Files and Folders". In addition, you have to note, that under circumstances, the program has to be executed with administrator rights, to carry out the settings. Otherwise the creation of shortcuts can fail. This topic is discussed in the last section of this page, in the first and the second section, you can read a summary of all possibilities and an introduction for creating shortcuts.

An Overview over all Settings regarding Shortcuts

In all programs supporting shortcuts, you can find the settings regarding shortcuts in the menu "Settings > Shortcuts with Files and Folders". With the button "Register", you can create a shortcuts and with the button "Remove", you can delete and undo the shortcut. Behind each setting, there is a hint whether the shortcut is "Activated" or "Not activated". The following shortcuts can be created:

  • Shortcut to Playlists and Configuration Files: At the top of the window, there is the possibility to link the program with its special file type. That are the configuration files *.bkg for the Image Converter, *.tkg for the Text Converter, *.fkg for the Filelist Creator, *.rkg for the Image Resizer and *.emp for the playlists of the Easy MP3 Player. If you create such a shortcut, you can easily access playlists and configurations by opening the respective files in the explorer.
  • Send to: When right clicking on a folder or file in the explorer, you can find the menu item "Send To", with which you can send files or folders to directories or programs, for example. This setting makes it possible to show the program in this menu, so that you can send arbitrary folders and files to the software directly.
  • Shortcuts with Folders: With this setting, a shortcut to the program is shown everytime you right click on a folder on your computer. When opening the folder with the program, you are able, for example, to open a complete folder with music with the Easy MP3 Player or create a filelist containing all files of a folder with the Filelist Creator. Of course, you can also add more than one folder at the same time.
  • Shortcuts with Files: In this menu, you have the possibility to link the program with files, so that the program is shown in the explorer context menu "Open with" or in the list of suggested applications for a file. It is both possible, to register the program for all file extensions (*.*) or only with a few extensions, you can choose on your own. The shorcut with all files can be carried out at the top of this menu with "Register" or "Remove". Under this part of the menu, you can write an arbitrary number of file extensions in the box. This extensions can be registered with "Register". The file extensions have to be separated with commas and must be written in the form txt,log,jpg,wav and so on. When opening the shortcut settings for the first time, you can find some file extension examples in this box, for example mp3,wav,ogg,wma for the Easy MP3 Player. This example makes it easier to register file extensions, often used with the regarding programs, but you can also delete this suggestion to type in your own extensions. To remove the extensions made with this function, you have to type the file extensions to be removed in the box. Then you can click on "Remove" and the file extensions will be removed.

Refresh Shortcuts

A shortcut with a file or a folder redirects the files to be opened to the respective software. Of course, this works only as long as the program is not moved to another place on your computer. Because all programs introduced on this page are portable, it is possible to remove the program files to another folder, you can rename the folder of the programs or you can use more than one copies of the program in different directories.

All of this renaming and removing actions have the disadvantage, that all registered shortcuts do not work anymore, because your computer can not find the application after changing the path or filenames. In this case, you can simply go to the menu "Settings > Shortcuts with Files and Folders". Now all of the shortcuts should be labeled as "Not activated" althought they exist or they seem to be active, but they are redirecting to a wrong application path. With other words, they are not linked with the application, you are currently running.

If you click on "Remove" now, the shortcut will be deleted in every case, even if it do not link the current application, you are running at the moment. So, you can remove the registered shortcuts without having started the respective program in the correct folder.

If you click on "Register", the old shortcuts is overwritten and the new application is written in the shortcut instead of the old one. So you can recreate all shortcuts after changing the path very quickly and easily.


Execute Application with Administrator Rights

To create shortcuts for your application, it is neccessary to create a key in the registry of Windows. In this registry, the shortcuts of all the software installed on your system are stored. To create such entries in the registry, the program making the changes have to be executed with sprecial rights, administrator rights. In general, this applies especialy to users working on Windows 7 or Windows Vista, because applications run on Windows XP often have administrator rights on their own. You can get a cue whether the program is running as administrator when looking at the top of the window in the menu "Settings > Shortcuts to Files and Folders". Here is either displayed "The Program is running as an Administrator" or "The Program is not running as an Administrator".

First, you should try to create the shortcuts you want to create normally as described above by using the menu "Settings > Shortcuts to Files and Folders". If the shortcut status changes, it will not be neccessary to do anything else on your system. If the status do not change and the shortcut will not be created, you have to execute the application with administrator rights, to make the changes. This is only neccessary whenever you want to make changes on the shortcuts. After you have carry out all shortcuts, the rights are not neccessary and you can work and execute the software as before.

There are a number of possibilities to execute the program with administrator rights. The easiest way is to use the button "Restart Program as Admin" in the shortcut settings window. By doing this, the current program is closed and restared with advanced rights. Maybe, after that a message from window appears, in which you have to permit the program to start itself with the advanced rights. Please not, that all settings of the program that are not saved will be lost, because the program is staring completely new. After starting the program in this way, you should carry out all of the shortcut settings. If this does not work on your system, you should right click on the program and choose a option like "Run this Application as Administrator" or something like that. If this function is not available, you can go to the settings menu when right clicking on the program. Another possibility is to run the program in compatibility mode to Windows XP, which also can work. If all of the possibilities do not work on your computer, you should have to log in as another user with more rights than the current one.