Secret features of the Send To menu

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The trick I’m going to show you today is one that I only learned about recently.  I love discovering cool new things like this.  This has to do with the “Send To” menu.  You’ve probably used this before.  You right-click on a file and the new menu appears, and one of the options is “Send To”.  You put your mouse over those 2 words, and another menu flies out, which lists the options of where you can send that item.

Send to menu

It’s likely that you already know that you can use the Send To menu to create a shortcut on the desktop to a program or a file or a folder.  Or you can create a zipped folder.  Or a bunch of other things.



That in itself is a pretty cool little process.  I use it all the time.

But wait…there’s more!

This is the thing that I just learned recently.  Instead of just doing a simple right-click on the file or folder you want to “Send”, try holding down the Shift key while you right click.  Then move over to the Send To menu and see how it has changed.  There are a lot more options listed there for you to send that file to now:

Send To expanded menu

Just about any place you could want to send a file or folder is listed there.  And all it took was holding down the Shift key.

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Rob Down Ubder
November 25th, 2013

Which OS are you using.
I am using XP Pro SP3 and there appears to be no difference

Rob

Scott Johnson
November 25th, 2013

I am using Windows 7, and the same trick works in Windows 8. I don’t have an XP machine to test it with, but you are going to have to upgrade from XP very soon anyway.

Jon near DC
November 25th, 2013

The point of origin for the enhanced list, at least on my windows 7 machine, is C:\users\username (with the username being your logon name to windows). This is where you can go to modify the list or add additional items.

Similarly the standard SendTo list can also be tweaked by going to its path C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo

Rob Down Under
November 25th, 2013

Thanks for the extra info guys,
Rob
PS They will have to pry XP and VB6 from my cold dead hands

Scott Johnson
November 26th, 2013

Rob – it’s kind of like driving on a high-speed road on bald tires. No one is going to take that car away from you, but the risk of doing that means you need to upgrade for your own safety and the safety of others. Likewise, no one is going to stop you from continuing to use XP, but it won’t be long until your XP computer is exploited and compromised, and it may even send viruses or malware to other people you know. That’s why you need to upgrade (to Windows 7, not Windows 8).