How To Create Copilot Shortcut And Open From Context Menu In Windows 11

How to add Copilot to context menu on Windows 11How to add Copilot to context menu on Windows 11

Key Points

  • To create a shortcut for Copilot, right-click on the desktop, expand New, and click Shortcut. Enter “microsoft-edge://?ux=copilot&tcp=1&source=taskbar” in the Location field, and create the shortcut.
  • A quick way to add the Copilot option in the context menu is using the provided Registry files.

The Windows Copilot is an AI-enabled assistant introduced to Windows 11. It allows you to enhance your productivity by a greater margin by performing tasks smartly. Copilot can perform tasks simply based on your commands in plain text.

At the moment, you can only access Copilot in one of two ways: from the icon in the taskbar (which can be disabled), and the Windows Key + C keyboard shortcut. These are not the most convenient methods to access Copilot, and if you are in the European Union (EU), then Copilot cannot be accessed because of the Digital Markets Act (DMA).

That said, there are other ways to access Copilot, even in the EU, that you can create on your own. You can create a shortcut on the desktop to quickly access and open Windows Copilot, or embed the Copilot option right in the context menu, so you can open it just by right-clicking on a space on the desktop.

In this guide, we are going to show you how to create a desktop shortcut for Copilot, and how to add the option to open it from the context menu on a Windows 11 computer.

Create desktop shortcut for Copilot on Windows 11

Here are the steps to create a desktop shortcut on your Windows PC for Copilot, using which you can instantly access the feature when in need:

  1. Right-click on an empty space on the desktop, expand New, and then click Shortcut.

    Create a new shortcut
    Create a new shortcut
  2. In the Location field, paste the following and click Next.

    microsoft-edge://?ux=copilot&tcp=1&source=taskbar
    Enter the command for the shortcut
    Enter the command for the shortcut
  3. Enter a custom name for the shortcut and click Finish.

    Name the shortcut
    Name the shortcut

Now, simply double-click the shortcut every time you want to run Windows Copilot, and it should open on the side.

Launch Windows Copilot using desktop shortcut
Launch Windows Copilot using desktop shortcut

Add Copilot option to context menu using Windows Registry

You can also add the option to access Copilot directly from the context menu on the desktop. Note that the option will only display if you right-click on an empty space on the desktop, and not anywhere inside the File Explorer.

Note: As the title suggests, the process involves manually manipulating the Windows Registry. Misconfiguration of critical values in the system’s registry could be fatal for your operating system. Therefore, we insist that you create a system restore point or a complete system image backup before proceeding forward with the process.

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  1. Press the Windows Key + R to open the Run Command box.

  2. Type in “regedit” and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.

  3. Navigate to the following path from the left pane:

    Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell
  4. Right-click the Shell key, expand New, and click Key. Name the new key “Copilot.”

    Create the Copilot key under Shell
    Create the “Copilot” key under “Shell”
  5. Right-click the “Copilot” key, expand New, and click “String Value.” Name this new string “MUIVerb.”

    Create the MUIVerb string in the Copilot key
    Create the “MUIVerb” string in the “Copilot” key
  6. Double-click the MUIVerb string, enter “Copilot” in the Value Data field, and click OK.

    Set value of MUIVerb
    Set value of MUIVerb
  7. Right-click the Copilot key, expand New, and click Key. Name this key “command“.

    Create the command key under Copilot
    Create the “command” key under “Copilot”
  8. Double-click the “(Default)” string value in the command key, enter the following in its Value Data field, and click OK.

    rundll32.exe url.dll,FileProtocolHandler "microsoft-edge://?ux=copilot&tcp=1&source=taskbar"
    Set value of the Default string in the command key
    Set value of the “(Default)” string in the “command” key

That’s it! You will now have the “Copilot” option in the context menu when you right-click on an empty space on the desktop. Clicking it will launch Windows Copilot.

Note that you will first need to click “Show more options” to be able to view the Copilot option in the context menu. Alternatively, you can press Shift + right-click to display the expanded menu or restore the old Windows context menu.

Copilot option added to context menu
Copilot option added to the context menu

In case you want to revert these changes, simply go to the following path from the Registry Editor and delete the “Copilot” key.

Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Copilot
Delete the Copilot Registry key
Delete the Copilot Registry key

Add Copilot option to context menu using .REG Registry file

If you do not like performing all of the Windows Registry steps above, then you can use the Registry files below to perform the same tasks, i.e. add the Copilot option to the context menu , with just a few clicks.

Click on the file(s) below to download them:

How To Create Copilot Shortcut And Open From Context Menu In Windows 11 1  Add Copilot option to context menu (437 bytes, 127 hits)

How To Create Copilot Shortcut And Open From Context Menu In Windows 11 1  Remove Copilot option from context menu (316 bytes, 111 hits)

Once downloaded, use these steps to run the respective .REG file:

  1. Right-click on the .ZIP file and click “Extract all.”

    Extract the compressed file
    Extract the compressed file
  2. Click Extract in the extraction wizard.

    Confirm extraction location and extract
    Confirm extraction location and extract
  3. Go to the extracted folder using File Explorer and double-click the .REG file.

    Run the registry file
    Run the registry file
  4. If prompted with a UAC, click Yes.

    Confirm action 3
    Confirm action
  5. When asked to continue, click Yes again.

    Continue running the Registry file
    Continue running the Registry file
  6. Click OK on the successful execution of the Registry file.

    Registry file executed successfully
    Registry file was executed successfully

If you executed the “Add Copilot option to context menu” Registry file, then you should now be able to see the option in the context menu without restarting the computer.

In the case you want to revert the changes, run the file labeled “Remove Copilot option from context menu.”

Closing words

Being able to access the Copilot in other ways gives you more flexibility and convenience. Now, you can even remove the Copilot icon from the taskbar to allow more room for other apps, while still being able to open Copilot.

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Subhan Zafar is an established IT professional with interests in Windows and Server infrastructure testing and research, and is currently working with Itechtics as a research consultant. He has studied Electrical Engineering and is also certified by Huawei (HCNA & HCNP Routing and Switching).

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