Adding commands to common context menus

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    Question Adding commands to common context menus

    What sequence of function calls or manual steps could I take to add a command to an existing Windows context menu?

    For example, clicking within a text box with the secondary mouse button summons a menu with the familiar Cut, Copy, Paste, and Delete commands. How could I add a new command of this type programmatically or manually?

    Thanks for your assistance.

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    Welcome to the forums!

    The general consensus suggests that this is not easily possible. The usual solution is to subclass the edit control, handle WM_CONTEXTMENU and replace the built-in menu with your own. A partial example of this approach is given here.

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    Alright, but what if my program doesn't own the edit control in question? (I want to affect the context menu containing Cut, Copy, Paste, etc. globally, across the entire system.)

    Nevertheless, thanks for your response, and I appreciate the welcome!

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