Restoring Send To Desktop (Create Shortcut)

by Barry Dysert
(last updated February 24, 2014)


For years I've relied on a handy Send To option to create shortcuts on my desktop. (Send To options are displayed when you right-click an object and choose Send To from the resulting Context menu.) The option is called Desktop (Create Shortcut), and it is quick and easy for, as an example, creating a shortcut to a folder or file. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Desktop (Create Shortcut) option is handy for creating shortcuts.

I've also been on computers where the Desktop (Create Shortcut) option was missing from the Send To options. (Why was it missing? I have no idea, but I missed it being there.) If you are missing this handy option from your system, follow these steps to restore it:

  1. Press the Win key or click the Start button. Windows displays the Start menu.
  2. Type "shell:sendto" (without the quote marks) and press Enter. Windows opens an Explorer window showing you the contents of your sendto folder. This folder contains items that control what is displayed in the Send To Context menu.
  3. In the right-side of the Explorer window, right-click an empty space. Windows displays a Context menu.
  4. Choose New | Text Document. Windows creates a new text document and allows you to rename it.
  5. Give the file the name "Desktop (create shortcut).DeskLink" (without the quote marks). Make sure you delete any other vestiges of the old name, including the ".txt" extension.
  6. Windows warns you about changing the file name extension. (It did this because you deleted the old ".txt" extension and are changing it to ".DeskLink".) Click Yes.
  7. Close the Explorer window.

That's it. Your Desktop (Create Shortcut) option is restored and you can once again start sending shortcuts to the desktop.

 This tip (12978) applies to Windows 7.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...


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2016-10-01 13:16:03

Joe Thayer

This did not work for me at all.

2016-07-22 10:13:16


That was so easy. Thank you so much, I have been going nuts with my "Send To Desktop". Much appreciated!!!

2016-05-21 16:29:04


This action does not produce the contents of the sendto folder in my Windows 10:
2.Type "shell:sendto" (without the quote marks) and press Enter. Windows opens an Explorer window showing you the contents of your sendto folder.

2016-05-20 20:12:26


Lost "fax to" on my menu bar. How do I retrieve it? Thank you

2016-01-12 17:19:43


To restore the Send To -> Mail Recipient, follow the above instructions through Step 4. Then proceed as follows:

5. Give the file the name "Mail Recipient.MAPIMail"
6. Edit the file (e.g., with Notepad) and insert the single line "Mail" (without quotes) at the top; exit the file

You should now be able to right-click an element in Explorer and see Send To -> Mail Recipient as a valid destination.

2016-01-12 13:24:39


Very usefull, and to restore the "send to mail recipient"? they use to desappear together!

2015-02-19 05:47:44


Thank you very much..... I am very very great full to you

2015-01-29 16:44:28


Thank you helping me so much..

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