One of our readers wrote in a while back asking why we hadn’t featured the Send To Toys utility, a great addition to your Send To menu that lets you pick any folder to send a file to, send the file name to the clipboard, or a number of other useful features. Today we’ll show you how it works.
Many of you might remember the old Send to X Powertoy that was included way back in the Windows 95 days. The Send To Toys utility is a similar add-on that offers the same functionality, plus a lot more.
Installing Send To Toys
The installation process is very simple, and even gives you a quick configuration screen so you can turn on or off some of the features during install.
You can easily configure these items later, so don’t worry about doing it now.
Configuring Send To Toys
The installation process will open up the configuration dialog at the end, but if you want to get to it later, you can find it under Control Panel’s Additional Options section.
If you are running 64-bit Windows, you’ll have to look under the 32-bit section as well…
And you should see Send To Toys in the list.
The first tab on the configuration dialog is extremely helpful… it lets you add or remove folders and items from the Send To menu. Of course without the utility you could do this manually by opening the shell:sendto folder and dragging and dropping, but this is a lot simpler.
The Add button will pop up a dialog letting you quickly choose what to add to the menu.
The Folder tab allows you to configure which folder is the default in the “Folder…” send-to item added by this utility (screenshots below). The two really interesting options here are the “Open destination on completion”, which will open up the folder you just sent the file to… and “Default to move”, which is pretty self-explanatory.
The Clipboard tab shows you some of the great options for the “Send to Clipboard (as name)” item… you can choose whether or not you want quotes, and whether you want files to be separated on different lines, if you send multiple files to the clipboard.
The Default Mail Recipient tab was very promising, but that feature didn’t work for me. The idea is that you can specify a single mail recipient to send a file to…
But whenever I tried to use the feature I got this message… your mileage may vary.
If that feature doesn’t work for you either, you can easily just remove the item from the menu using the Send To configuration tab.
Using Send To Toys
Now that you’ve run through the configuration dialogs, it’s time to right-click a file and look at your Send To menu (mine is kinda messy)
One of the most useful items is the Folder… item, which pops up a dialog allowing you to copy, move, or just create a shortcut to the file.
Here’s where this feature gets really helpful… if you click that little blue Folder link in the bottom left, you’ll get a history drop-down of your recent folder choices.
If you sent the file to the Run… item instead, you’d get the Run dialog with the filename pre-populated… very helpful if you want to run the application with command line arguments easily.
Send to Command Prompt works similarly, but pre-populates a command prompt with the name of the file.
You’ll also notice new items when you right-click on an executable file, allowing you to quickly Add or Remove that application from the Send To menu.
Overall, it’s a very useful utility, well worth checking out if you use the Send To menu a lot. Note that it works fine in any version of Windows.
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- Published 11/7/08