Can I customize my Send To menu easily? ~ Ask The Admin

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Can I customize my Send To menu easily?

A lot of people over look the the power of the context menu (Or right click for you End Users).

More importantly the send to command off the right click menu.

You right click and what do you see? You see a context menu... Choose send to and you see a bunch of useful places.

Now I bet you are wondering how you can customize it to your liking. Add your own favorite locations like USB drives or network locations ( and with this app even the run to window or command line). That way you can be a little more productive.

Less clicks = More productive!

You could always go the old school method below but here is a handy free application called Send To Toys that looks to make your life a little easier. It will create the shortcuts for you! It also offers some functionalities that you won’t be able to do without the help of this handy little program:
  • Send To Toys Control Panel Applet allows you to manage the Send To system menu content, and configure the various Send To Toys settings

  • “Add to Send To menu” and “Remove from Send To menu” allows you to personalize the Send To system menu for drives, folders, and programs.
  • Send To “Clipboard (as name)” copies the name of the file or files to the clipboard. Hold down the CTRL key to change the settings for this extension.
  • Send To “Clipboard” command line utility copies the output of a command to the clipboard.
  • Send To “Command Prompt” opens a DOS console window, setting the current directory to the selected file/folder.
  • Send To “Default Mail Recipient” creates a new e-mail with attachments and predefined defaults for the recipients, subject, and message.
  • Send To “Favorites” adds a shortcut to your Favorites list.
  • Send To “Folder…” sends a file or files to another folder, you will be shown a dialog box that lets you choose where the files should be copied, moved, or have a shortcut created.
  • Send To “Quick Launch” adds a shortcut to the Quick Launch toolbar.
  • Send To “Recycle Bin” sends a file or files to the Recycle Bin. Hold down the CTRL key to perform a file shredding.
  • Send To “Run…” sends a file or files to the Run command dialog.

I am constantly moving files here and there and all around my network - nonstop. With this little app I can easily copy or move files from one location to another with a minimal amount of clickty-clicking.

Since the desktop is where I move most files to that became my default location, which means I can just select the Folder option from the Send To menu and press enter to move a file or folder there ( My desktop/default location).

As usual Send To Toys is Free - just like AtA likes it! After you get it installed there will be a shortcut in your Start Menu as well as in the Control Panel. It is compatible with Windows 2000, 2003, XP, and Vista so go get your Send To on player!

And as promised the manual method for editing your send-to menu:

You can create a new shortcut on the Send To menu, for example, one that goes to a frequently-used folder.

  • Open My Computer, and double-click the drive where Windows is installed, which is usually drive C.
  • Double-click the Documents and Settings folder, and then double-click the folder for the particular user.
  • Double-click the Send To folder.
  • The Send To folder is hidden by default. To see the Send To folder, click Tools, click Folder Options, and then click Show hidden files and folders.
  • On the File menu, point to New, and then click Shortcut.

Follow these instructions to create a shortcut.

Now, when you right-click a file, and click Send To, the shortcut to the item you selected will be an option. You can create shortcuts to local or network programs, files, folders, computers, or Internet addresses.