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Since it’s now a given that XP and Vista are going away in favor of Windows 7 for netbooks, now might be a good time for more Win7 tips and tricks. Take this one from the How-To Geek, for example, that deals with the “Send To” […]

Since it’s now a given that XP and Vista are going away in favor of Windows 7 for netbooks, now might be a good time for more Win7 tips and tricks. Take this one from the How-To Geek, for example, that deals with the “Send To” menu option in Windows 7. Like prior versions of Windows, this is one of your options when right-clicking an item; it does what it says: it sends a copy of the object to the option you choose. The default choices with a normal right-click are the Desktop, a Zip folder, a fax or mail recipient, or any additional drives connected to your PC.

Holding the Shift key down while right-clicking offers far more choices as shown below:

send-to-windows-7

It seems like there should be a happy medium: the default choices are limiting while holding the Shift key and clicking provides too many choices.

The How-To Geek offers an easy way to customize the default choices. Simply type “shell:sendto” (without the quotes) in the location bar of a Windows Explorer window. You’ll see the default choices here. Now you can pull any of the defaults out or you can add locations you want in the standard list with a simple drag-and-drop.

I don’t anticipate faxing anything, so I’ve removed that option. Likewise, I wanted an option to send files to my Downloads folder, so I’ve added that.

custom-send-to

The end result? I don’t have to remember to press the Shift key for the Send To options I want when right-clicking an object. The Send To –> Fax Recipient is gone and I now have a way to send items to my Downloads folder with a simple right-click.

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  1. You’ve been able to do this since Windows 95…

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  2. I understand that Travis, but not every reader is aware of that. I’ve been able to tether a phone for modem use since 2004 as well, but it’s still one of the of most oft asked questions I get in e-mail for example. ;)

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  4. Thanks for posting this!!

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  5. Thanks man! It works really well.

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  6. Thanks a bunch! Works like a charm and this will save me tons of time each day.

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  7. Pretty neat.

    How to add the default printer in send to context menu in windows 7?

    creating a shortcut to the printer does not work, neither does dragging & dropping! :(

    Using win 7 RC 1

    thx

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  8. my personal favourite in this area… Send To Notepad

    allows you to get a quick view of any file in your favourite text viewer.

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  9. Thanks! I was wondering where it was in Win 7. ^_^

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  10. Great, however the “Send to Any Folder” option that could be added to previous versions of windows was extremely useful; is there any way that it could be added to Windows 7? Many thanks!

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    1. You are referencing the old “sendtox” Windows Power Toy app, which was the best version of this functionality — I used the “Send to Clipboard as Name” countless times to create a printable list of directory contents (e.g., to store with backup CDs for ready reference.) And the Send to any folder option with a simple radio button choice to either “Copy” or “Move” could hardly be improved on … does anyone know if sendtox will run on W7?

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