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VB5 and Shell Extensions

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I'm looking for some clues as to how to write shell extensions (ala WinZip, etc.) that will add menu items to the right click menu and property pages of files of a certain type (eg files created by my program).

Note: I do not mean a simple registry hack which passes the name of the file to my program, but a _real_ shell extension.
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by:Mirkwood
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I'm afraid I can help you very much but here are my experiences with this topic.

Basicly there are different types of shell extensions.

1) Name space extensions.
      Examples are recycle bin, control panel. Almost impossible to       do with VB. (Never seen it, have does in in ATL, C++)
2) Property Sheet extensions.
      Like winzip, Word. Might very well be possible in VB, but       again never seen it. Lots of ATL examples.
3) Contextmenu extensions.
      Lots of apps do this. Rather easy to make in VB. Microsoft has a sample of this private VB site http://premium.microsoft.com/vbasic/browse.asp. Just must be registered to be able to download this.
4) Icon extensions.
      Not seen very often, altough it has some good uses. Tried to do it in VB but failed.
5) Find extensions.
      Like Outlook. Have ATL examples available. Interface is not dispatch compatible
6) File viewer extensions.
     See win98 and QuickView. Can be done in VB. Have seen some examples on the Web.

     
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by:cvidler
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I'd like to award 1,000 points to anyone who can get some VB source for a Property sheet extension and a context-menu extension. (well when I get the points.)

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by:cvidler
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Mirkwood, if you would like to add an answer I'll happily give you the 200 points now.
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I'm afraid I can help you very much but here are my experiences with this topic.

Basicly there are different types of shell extensions.

1) Name space extensions.
      Examples are recycle bin, control panel. Almost impossible to       do with VB. (Never seen it, have does in in ATL, C++)
2) Property Sheet extensions.
      Like winzip, Word. Might very well be possible in VB, but       again never seen it. Lots of ATL examples.
3) Contextmenu extensions.
      Lots of apps do this. Rather easy to make in VB. Microsoft has a sample of this private VB site http://premium.microsoft.com/vbasic/browse.asp. Just must be registered to be able to download this.
4) Icon extensions.
      Not seen very often, altough it has some good uses. Tried to do it in VB but failed.
5) Find extensions.
      Like Outlook. Have ATL examples available. Interface is not dispatch compatible
6) File viewer extensions.
     See win98 and QuickView. Can be done in VB. Have seen some examples on the Web.
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Mirkwood, if you have samples of the others in ATL or C++ I would like to have a look at them if possible.
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