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How Do I Add Items to the Windows 8 “Send To” Context Menu?

Customizing the Windows “Send To” context menu is a handy trick people have employed for years to speed up their workflow. Let’s take a look at how you can edit the “Send To” menu in Windows 8 to enjoy a productivity boost.

Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision of Stack Exchange, a community-driven grouping of Q&A web sites.

The Question

SuperUser reader Mondain wants to add items to his “Send To” context menu, but the technique that he used for Windows 7 doesn’t work for him in Windows 8.

I want to add an application shortcut to my Send To context menu in Windows 8; I tried the solution for Windows 7 here: How to add an item to my “Send To” context menu but it doesn’t work.

How can we do it and how does it differ from adding items in previous versions of Windows?

The Answer

SuperUser contributor Ofiris shares a “Send To” menu tip:

WinKey + R



Add your shortcut there.

Note: it might be more correct to run: shell:sendto

Ofiris’s tip covers two bases: first it shows us where the actual location of the “Send To” shortcuts are in Windows 8, but it also covers the shell:sendto command. Ofiris’s assement that it is more correct to run shell:sendto is spot on as, regardless of the version of Windows you are running, it will direct you to the appropriate folder–it’s the same technique we recommend for adding “Send To” shortcuts in Windows 7.

Have something to add to the explanation? Sound off in the the comments. Want to read more answers from other tech-savvy Stack Exchange users? Check out the full discussion thread here.

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  • Published 02/5/13

Comments (2)

  1. simon

    Nice one.
    I put u shortcut to my send to folder in my sendtofolder so i can send anything to it via menu right click has worked for years for me.Only prob with this way you sometimes have to create a shortcut to the program to send to the sendto folder,you can’t send to actual program if it depends on files where it’s installed.Things like notepad that doesn’t need any other files is ok.
    Thanks for info

  2. techy1984

    What if you only want this to show up for a specific file type? Is that possible?
    For example, I want to send a .Doc file to a Doc2PDF converter but don’t necessarily want that option cluttering up my menu if I right-click a JPG.

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