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Add the Quick Launch Bar to Windows 10 ‘Send to’ Context Menu

We already showed you how to add the Quick Launch bar to Windows 10 and now we’ll show you how to add it as a location on the ‘Send to’ context menu. This can make it easier to add apps or other files to the Quick Launch bar versus dragging them all the way across your screen.

Add Quick Launch to Context menu

  1. Use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + R to bring up the Run box and type: shell:sendto and hit Enter or click OK.


  1. The SendTo folder will open in File Explorer. Right-click an empty area in the window and select New > Shortcut.

new shortcut

  1. The Create Shortcut wizard will open. Copy the following path into the item field and click Next:

%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

create shortcut

  1. Give the shortcut a name – Windows gives it the name Quick Launch by default but you can name it whatever you want.

  1. When you’re done, it should look similar to the shot shown below with the new shortcut displayed in Explorer.

  1. Now when you want to add an app or other file to the Quick Launch bar, give it a right-click and select Send to > Quick Launch.

  1. That’s it! The item you sent to the Quick Launch bar will now show up.

quick launch Windows 10

The icon is a standard folder by default, but you can change it to something else if you want. Just right-click the Quick Launch icon in File Explorer and select the Change Icon button. From there you can select from the icons built into Windows 10 or browse to the location of custom icons you’ve downloaded from the web.

change icon

For example, I changed mine to a green checkmark. Notice that the icon you choose will display on the context menu as well. Not a huge deal, but good to know if you like to customize the UI or just want to change things up a bit.

Do you like to add different locations to the ‘Send to’ context menu on your Windows system? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.

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