How to customize the Windows Send to menu

Learn how to add and remove items directly in the Send to Windows menu through File Explorer and through the free third-party tool SendTo Menu Editor.

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Windows offers a Send to menu in the File Explorer through which you can send a file to several folders, drives and applications by simply right-clicking and selecting a destination or destination, but the menu comes with a default list of folders and applications that may not be useful for your needs. To make the Send to menu more effective, you can add new items and delete the ones you don't want.

Using File Explorer, you can easily open the Send to folder, to which you can then add shortcuts to specific folders and applications, as well as delete existing entries. In addition, with a free utility called SendTo Menu Editor, you can delete and add new items, as well as perform more advanced tricks.

Note: The steps in this tutorial will work for any current compatible version of Windows 7 to Windows 10.

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First, let's look at the Send to menu to see what's there. Open File Explorer. Right click on any file or folder and go to the entry in the pop-up menu to Send to. The folders, applications, and destinations that you see will vary depending on the Windows environment and installed applications, but at a minimum, you will find shortcuts for Documents, Desktop, Fax Recipient, Mail Recipient, Compressed Folder (compressed) and any mapped drives ( Figure A ).

Figure A

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For a more permanent solution, you can remove Send to tickets You never use or add entries that you want to use. Open File Explorer and type the following path in the address field: C: Users \ AppData Roaming Microsoft Windows SendTo and press Enter. A faster way to get there is to simply type shell: sendto in the address field and press Enter ( Figure C ).

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The folder shows the shortcuts and icons for your Send to tickets. Note that certain entries, such as fixed and assigned units, are not displayed in the Send to folder even if they appear in the Send to menu, because certain entries are fixed. In the case of units, you can delete these entries through a Registry trick, but there is an easier way to do this than to retouch the Registry, which I will cover in a moment. For now, let's move on to the entries that appear.

To delete an existing entry from the Send To folder, select it and press Delete, or right-click and choose Delete from the pop-up menu ( Figure D ). Before deleting an entry, you may want to copy it to a backup location in case you ever decide that you want to send it back to the Send to menu.

Figure D

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Next, let's say you want to add an entry to the Send to menu With the Send to folder still open, start another File Explorer window. Go to the folder, application or other item you want to add, such as a drive, folder or application. Drag or copy it to the Send to folder as a shortcut ( Figure E ). Continue deleting and adding entries for the Send To folder as necessary.

Figure E

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Instead of working in File Explorer to adjust Your Send to menu, you may find it easier to use a utility. One utility that can do the job solidly is Send To Toys, but I like a utility called SendTo Menu Editor for its simplicity. Download and extract the zip file for SendTo Menu Editor from your website. Delve into the extracted folders until you find the exe files for this tool. It is not necessary to install it: you can run the 32-bit SendToEditor.exe program or the 64-bit SendToEditor_x64.exe program. The utility displays a list of all Send to entries that are not fixed and, therefore, are easily removable ( Figure F ).

Figure F

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To delete any entry, click on it and then click on the Delete selection icon ( Figure G ).

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To add an entry, click on the icon to Add shortcut. Search or enter the location or destination of the file or folder you want to add. Complete the other details. Click the button to Create Shortcut ( Figure H ).

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With SendTo Editor, you can perform other tricks with your Send to the entrances. To hide an entry in the Send to menu instead of deleting it, simply deactivate it. Alternatively, select it, click on the Edit menu and then click Hide on the menu. From the Edit menu, you can also execute another command ( Figure I ).

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Finally, click on the Options menu. Here, you can access more commands, including one that removes entries for fixed and assigned units in the Send to menu ( Figure J ).

Figure J

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