Ever wanted a quicker way to send a file to a thumb or external hard drive than via drag and drop? Or maybe you want a quicker way to open a family photo in your image editor instead of your default image viewer. While Windows 7 provides a few different options for opening and transferring files quickly, one of the most convenient methods for many users is through the good old “Send To” option.
For those who don’t know, “Send To,” as the name implies, allows a user to send a file to be opened in a specific program or transferred to a specific location, simply by right clicking on the file and choosing where you would like to send it in the “Send To” list. While this handy feature saves time by allowing files to be copied to, or opened in, a specific location in just two clicks, many find Windows 7 default implementation of this feature – particularly the way in which it decides what programs and locations will show up in the “Send To” option – leaves much to be desired. However, with a bit of tinkering, virtually any program, drive, or folder can be added to the “Send To” list by following these simple steps:
Step 1. Click the “Start” button to open the Start menu.
Step 2. Click “Computer” to open your computers’ drive listing.
Step 3. Double click the “C:” drive, followed by the following folders, in order:
“Users” > (the name of the profile you are currently logged in to) > “AppData” > “Roaming” > “Microsoft” > “Windows” > “SendTo”
Alternatively, if your account has the proper security privileges, you may access the “SendTo” folder via the “Start” menu:
Step 3-1. Click the “Run” button. The Run dialog box will appear.
Step 3-2. In the Run dialog box, enter the following, without quotes:
Step 4. Click the “OK” button. The “SendTo” folder should appear on screen.
Step 5. Move the open “SendTo” folder to the side, and re-open your computer drive listing (as shown in Steps 1-2 above.)
Your next step will vary depending on the type of item you wish to add to the “Send To” menu:
Adding a fixed disk (Hard Drive, DVD Drive, etc.) to the “Send To” menu
Step 6. To add a fixed disk drive to the “Send To” menu, simply click on the drive which you wish to add, and drag its icon into the “Send To” folder. A shortcut to the drive will be automatically created, and will appear as an option in the “Send To” menu.
Adding a removable drive (Thumb Drive, SD Card, portable hard drive, etc.) to the “Send To” menu
Step 7. To add a removable drive to the “Send To” menu, follow the same steps outlined in Step 6. However, be aware that adding a removable drive to the “Send To” menu will only work if you plug in the removable drive in the same USB/Memory Card/etc. port each time you re-connect the device. Failing to do so may cause Windows to assign the drive in question a different drive letter than what had been assigned when the shortcut was created and added to the “Send To” menu, which in turn will cause the shortcut to stop working until the device is once again plugged in to the original port.
Adding a Program to the “Send To” menu
Step 8. Find your desired programs’ shortcut icon in the Start > All Programs menu or on the Desktop and click it once to select it.
Step 8-1. Right click the icon and select “Copy” to copy the selected shortcut.
Step 8-2. Select the “SendTo” folder and press CTRL+V to paste a copy of the shortcut in place.
Your program shortcut will now be listed in the “Send To” menu.
If you are unable to find the program shortcut you need in the All Programs menu or on your desktop, perform the following:
Step 8-3. Find the programs’ installation folder (usually located on the C: drive in one of the “Program Files” folders.)
Step 8-4. Right click on the programs’ .exe file and select “Desktop (Create shortcut)” from the “Send To” menu.
Step 8-5. Find your newly created program shortcut icon on the desktop, then drag and drop it into your “SendTo” folder.
Adding a Folder to the “Send To” menu
Step 9. Find the folder which you would like to add to the “Send To” menu.
Step 9-1. Right click on the folder and select “Desktop (Create shortcut)” from the “Send To” menu.
Step 9-2. Find your newly created folder shortcut icon on the desktop, then drag and drop it into your “SendTo” folder.
Note: If you decide to delete or uninstall a folder or program, which has been added to the “Send To” menu, from your computer, you may also need to delete it from the “SendTo” folder to make the now useless entry disappear from the “Send To” list.
While it takes a bit of work during the initial set up, adding a drive, program, or folder to your “Send To” menu will most definitely save you time while adding to your productivity in the long run. Enjoy!