Customizing the SendTo Menu

by Barry Dysert
(last updated June 27, 2016)

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File Explorer's SendTo menu item is common to anyone who's been using Windows for any length of time. Right-click a file name, and there's SendTo waiting to do your bidding. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The SendTo menu.

I like to put "Notepad" in my SendTo menu so that I can open any type of file in Notepad simply by right-clicking the file, but you can easily configure SendTo to send a file or folder to any application.

Probably the easiest way to customize SendTo is to create a shortcut to the application that you want to be the target of the SendTo and move that shortcut to SendTo's folder. SendTo's folder can be opened from File Explorer. Just go to File Explorer's address bar and type (without quotes) "shell:SendTo" and press Enter. You'll be taken to a folder that looks something like this: (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. The SendTo folder.

Moving your shortcut to this folder is all that's required to add a new application to the SendTo menu. (Notice that my folder contains, among other things, a shortcut to Notepad.) Similarly, if you want to remove something from SendTo, just delete the shortcut from this folder. (Note that there are some items in the SendTo folder that aren't shortcuts. It is recommended that you not delete these items.)

 This tip (13448) applies to Windows 10.

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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What is 8 + 8?

2017-09-22 07:10:05

Barry

I'm sorry, Mike, but I don't know what else you might have to do. I know I haven't edited the Registry to get this to work. And I tested the procedure outlined above, and it seems to work fine (on Windows 10 and 7).


2017-09-22 03:20:55

Mike

I've tried this, and though I can see the shortcut in the SendTo folder (along with a number of other shortcuts that are already), When I right click and choose "Send to" neither the one I've just added, nor at least three of the other shortcuts in the folder are visible.

Any suggestions why I can't see them?

In years gone past, I was sure this had to be done by amending the registry - probably under XP.


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