Customize the Send To Menu in Windows 10, 8, 7, or Vista

By Lowell Heddings on February 25th, 2014

You’ve seen the SendTo folder in action any time you right-click a file and select the Send To folder from the context menu. What you might be unaware of is that you can customize the items in this menu.

Go ahead, right click a file and choose Send To from the menu. You should see something that looks like this:

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Changing the Send To Shortcuts

To get to the SendTo folder, you’ll need to open up an Explorer window, and then paste in the following to the address bar.

shell:sendto

This is a special value that actually maps to the real folder, which is found in C:\Users\<yourusername>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo

You should now see a bunch of shortcuts, which you can modify or delete as you see fit. Fax recipient? Really? Sounds like a good one to delete.

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Adding Items to the Send To Menu

Let’s say you wanted to add an item to the Send To menu to open files in Notepad. You could just drag a shortcut to Notepad into this folder, or create a new shortcut. Now you can see the new Notepad item in the menu:

This method should work for any application that allows you to open a file by using a command line argument.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/25/14
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