How to Customize the ‘Send to’ Menu in Windows
The Send To menu in Windows has been a useful feature for generations. It may be buried in the right-click context menu in File Explorer, but you can use it to send files to a specific location, copy photos to a new device, or print your work in moments. It also includes default entries that you may never use and lacks certain features that you may want. Fortunately, both of these problems can be easily fixed by customizing what is displayed in the Send To menu to suit your needs.
The Send To feature works the same in Windows 11, 10, and 8.1. Open File Explorer and right-click on a file, e.g. a word processing document, spreadsheet, text file, or image file. In the pop-up menu, hover your mouse over the Send to Command.
The Send To menu opens, showing various locations and applications to which you can send the file. Click on a specific entry, e.g. B. a Bluetooth device, a compressed ZIP file, an email recipient or your documents folder. The selected file will then be sent to the selected destination.
So how do you tweak the Send To menu to remove the unwanted entries and add the ones you want? Press the Windows key + R to trigger the run window. In the Open field in the window, type the following Shell: Send to and then click OK.
File Explorer opens the SendTo folder for your user account, specifically c:\users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo. From here you can delete any entries that you would never use by right-clicking on them and selecting Extinguish from the pop-up menu.
For example, if you never fax a file to someone from Windows, it makes sense to delete the file fax recipient Entry. If you’re not sure if you want to delete a specific entry, you can cut and paste it somewhere else, e.g. B. in a backup folder. That way you can always move it back to the SendTo folder should you wish to do so in the future.
When you add new items to the menu, you need to know the path of the executable for the app you want to add. Suppose you are playing songs from Windows Media Player and you want to add them to the Send To menu. You would create a SendTo entry for it in the Send To folder in File Explorer.
Right-click an empty area in the folder, and then select New > Shortcut. In the Create Shortcut window, navigate to or type the following path: C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe, and then click Next.
You would then change the name for the shortcut to Windows Media Player and click Finished.
Now you can send any type of audio file to Windows Media Player if you right click on it and open the Send To menu.
Suppose you want to add a specific location to the Send To menu, e.g. B. the “Pictures” folder. To do this, you need two instances of File Explorer. Open a window to the SendTo folder. In the other window, right-click on the Pictures folder and select it Copy from the pop-up menu.
You can then right-click in the SendTo folder and select Insert keyboard shortcut. A shortcut for the Pictures folder appears in the SendTo folder. You can then rename the new shortcut if you wish. Now you can send photos directly to the Pictures folder by right-clicking an image and choosing the destination from the Send To command menu.
You can experiment with other locations, applications, and devices to get the Send To menu exactly how you want it.
Send to toys
Don’t want to mess with File Explorer to change the SendTo menu? You can instead turn to the third-party Send To Toys utility, which can be downloaded from Major Geeks(Opens in a new window).
Once installed, open the software and select the Send To tab. All current entries in the Send to menu are then displayed.
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You can delete an entry by selecting it and clicking Remove Button. To add an application or location, click Add to and then select the program or folder you want to add. click OKand the entry is added to the list.
Entries can be renamed by right-clicking and selecting an item in the list Rename.
Another tool is the Sendto Menu Editor(Opens in a new window), which can help you add and remove entries in the Send To folder, as well as other options not available in Send To Toys. Install the program, then open it to view your current (and potential) SendTo items. Check marks indicate what items are in the menu, while no check mark means they can be added.
To remove an existing entry from the Send To folder, simply uncheck the box. You can also right-click and select the item Hide in menu. To completely remove it from the sendto menu editor, right click on it and select it Delete from menu.
Right-click an existing entry to modify it. You can then rename it, change the icon, copy the target path, view the target location, or check the properties for the shortcut or target file.
To add a new entry, click the Add Link icon on the top toolbar. Browse or type the name of the file or folder location, the shortcut name, and any parameters for the shortcut. Click the Create Shortcut button. The new entry is now available in the Send To menu.
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