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How to Customize the Send To Menu in Windows 10

Windows 10 is a modern operating system that continues to evolve on a regular basis with new features. Of course, some of the same features that have been around for years are still there. A good example is the Send To context menu.

It’s the menu you get if you right-click a documents, photo, or other item and gives you options on where to send it.

Delete or Add Locations

As I mentioned in the intro, Windows 10 is a modern OS for 2016, but it still has some legacy features that have been part of Windows for years. For example, right-click a document and you’ll find some legacy items in the Send to category – Fax Recipient is the one that is the most obvious.

I am sure there are companies out there that still need to use the fax option, but for the average home user, not so much.

1 send to

To delete or add locations, hit Windows Key+R and type: shell:sendto and hit Enter.

2 run

The SendTo folder will open and from here you can delete locations that you’d never use and add more modern places. To get rid of a place just right-click and hit Delete.

To add a location, just drag its shortcut into the SentTo folder. In the screenshot below I’m dragging a OneDrive shortcut over.

3 Send to Folder

In the example below I deleted Fax Recipient, Mail Recipient, and Documents. Then I added OneDrive, Slack, and a couple of network folders.

4 Added locations Windows 10 Send to

See Expanded Send To Menu

Here’s another cool tip to try. Hold down the Shift key while you right-click a document or other file and select Sent to. This time, you’ll see a lot more locations, perhaps places in Windows 10 that you didn’t know existed. It’s adding several of the default items from your Users folder on your system drive.

Extended Menu

Also, you’ll see Copy as path on the context menu just above Send to. That is another good tip, and you can read more about using it in our article: How to Copy a File or Folder Path to the Clipboard in Windows.

Summing up

Like these Windows UI features, the ability to customize the Sent To menu is nothing new, and you can do it in previous versions of Windows as well. For more on that, you might want to check out our following articles.

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6 Responses to How to Customize the Send To Menu in Windows 10

  1. James January 20, 2016 at 6:28 am #

    It is worth adding Notepad.exe for those very suspect messages that could actually be really important – then you can use SaveAs, and then – if your Anti-malware program doesn’t quarantine it – open it with notepad and see what is what –
    Unlike Wordpad.exe, Notepad.exe does not use associated facilities to format tables, pretty fonts or show pictures – Remember the problem a while ago when MS found the it viewer shipped in windows was an open door!

    Also – do add Wordpad.exe – your picture viewer, MSWord.exe and maybe a media player make sure it is the actual .exe you add and not a shortcut to the exe – and your cloud drive/location, and maybe if you are playing ‘proper’ and have an admin id and a browsing- non admin id, add links to places the other id can access.

  2. Dhs Fbi January 20, 2016 at 9:40 am #

    Yet another great article. I doubt this works on older versions of Windows. I remember using some third party apps to customize this in Windows 8.0.

  3. Ziggy January 20, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

    As for third party software NirSoft has some pretty useful tools to control/tame the context menu.

    Here’s the link:-

    http://www.nirsoft.net/

  4. Jo June 16, 2016 at 8:16 am #

    Thank you! Every other article was sending me to the outer universe to do this; you made it so simple!

  5. Aziz August 6, 2016 at 6:27 pm #

    Just awesome, thanks!

  6. Steve Vance November 19, 2016 at 8:03 am #

    In the Anniversary Update 1067 of Windows 10 it seems as if the behavior of holding down the Shift key and selecting Send To has changed. Previously, holding down the Shift key and then right clicking on the file(s) you wanted to send to a folder via moving them and choosing your folder and left clicking would work just fine. Now, it seems as if you have to select your file(s), right click on them and click the Send To Menu and THEN hold down the shift key before you choose where you want to move them to.

    What I’ve found is if you hold down the Shift Key and select the Send To menu, all the locations are gone for some reason.

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