Customize the Notification Area Shortcut Menu

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012

On the Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 2000 operating systems an icon appears in the notification area of the taskbar when the user is connected to your service. A shortcut menu appears when the user right-clicks this notification area icon. This menu provides users with a shortcut to specific programs. The default commands on the menu are Status, Disconnect, and Open Network Connections. You can use the CMAK wizard to customize this shortcut menu by specifying which, if any, additional commands appear on the menu.


This icon is only available on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 2000. Because of this, this wizard page only appears when you create a profile that uses the Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Windows 2000 option on the Select the Target Operating System.

Setting Description


Add a new shortcut menu item to the icon in the notification area of the taskbar.


Modify a shortcut menu item that you created previously.


Deletes the selected item from the menu.

When you create or edit a menu item, the New / Edit Shortcut Command dialog box appears.

Setting Description

Command name

Specifies the text that appears on the shortcut menu when the user right-clicks the icon. Use the & before the character you want to be the hotkey for the menu option. To include an ampersand as part of the text, use &&.

Program to run

Specifies the file to be run when the user selects this menu option. If the file is not in the user's %PATH% environment variable, then you must specify the complete path to the file so that Connection Manager can find the file when the user selects the menu option.


Specifies any additional command-line parameters that are be passed to the program to make it behave as needed for this context.

Include the program with this service profile

If the file is not already present on the client computer, then you can include it in the connection profile. It will be installed to the same folder as the other connection profile files on the client computer.

For more information about modifying the shortcut menu, see on the Microsoft Web site.