Windows has a secret “Send to” menu

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You’re probably already familiar with the “Send to” menu in Windows. What most people don’t know is that there’s a hidden, expanded “Send to” menu that gives you a lot more options.

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The regular Send To menu is certainly no secret. In fact, I use it all the time – most commonly, to put shortcuts to often-used programs right on the desktop for easy access.

Just about any file or folder can be “Sent” somewhere. When you right-click on a file or folder, you get a short menu that pops up, and one of those options is “Send to”. When you put your mouse over the words “Send to”, you’ll see another menu fly out – and you can choose where you want to send that file.

It looks like this:

secret send to menu


So you can see I have the option to send that Word document to Adobe Audition, or a compressed folder, or Dropbox, or Evernote, or any other of the locations or programs in that list.

But what you’re seeing there is just the REGULAR “Send to” menu.

We’re looking for the Secret Super Duper EXPANDED “Sent to” menu.

To get to that, you just add one small step to the process. Before you right click on the file or folder that you want to send somewhere, hold down the SHIFT key. Then right click on the file or folder (you can release the Shift key after you do the right click). When the menu appears, move your mouse down to the Send To line, and you’ll now see this:

Secret send to menu


As you can see, lots more options! Instead of 12 locations or programs that we had in the first one, the “Secret Send To Menu” has 28 – more than double. Most of the additional options are the commonly used folders on your Windows computer

Of course, what shows up as options in the “Send to” menu (either one) will vary somewhat between different computers. In my case, I have added a few of the options manually on the shorter version. You can add to that menu or delete items from it so that it’s customized the way you want it.

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March 28th, 2016

Just a quick note to say thank you for making my computer life so much easier. Since I have been reading and listening to you, I have gained so much knowledge. Thank you

Ted Stair
March 28th, 2016

This was very nice and helpful… I would like to see a post how to add a folder to the “send To” list” your post for today was helpful will use it.. Thank you