Expand the “Send To” menu so it displays more options

By | April 14, 2011
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Most of us have learned how handy the “Send to” menu is in Windows. It’s been a feature of Windows since Windows 98. It’s gotten better over the years, and it’s one of our favorite right-click features. We use it all the time to send files by email. It’s easier than attaching a file and/or messing around dragging the file to an email. We just right-click a file, choose “Send to” and then “Mail recipient”. An email compose window appears with the file attached. All we have to do then is just add the recipient’s address, type in a few lines of text (or not) and send. You can also write files to CD or DVD using the “Send to” – as well as many other things.

Windows 7 has even more great “Send to” features, including allowing you to display an expanded “Send to” menu that includes all the folders in your user profile along with other items not normally included in the “Send to” dialog. You can access an expanded “Send to” menu in Windows 7 simply by holding down the Shift key and when you choose the “Send to” option from the right-click menu.

Don’t you just love simple, quick, useful tips like this one?

16 thoughts on “Expand the “Send To” menu so it displays more options

  1. Kay Bates

    Hi, My Windows 7 won’t do the Send To …………trick! I it because its the Home Edition? Thanks Kay

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  2. Andy Z

    Didn’t work for me either. I searched the Microsoft Website for an answer and they have one only for Windows XP.

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    1. infoave Post author

      Send to has been part of Windows since Windows 95 – it’s nothing new

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  3. Ronald Melchior

    I liked the explanation you described on the Send To article for windows 7, but I have windows vista and was wondering how to accomplish this in Visrta Home Premium? I love your advice you give us members and truly appreciate the amount of work you two do helping other people out with your informative articles. Ronald Melchior

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    1. infoave Post author

      Right click the file – you don’t get a send to menu with shortcuts, taskbar items, desktop icons (shortcuts).

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  4. Karen

    It works. First hold down the shift key and while holding down Right Click on a folder or file you want to send somewhere else. Continue holding down the shift key and click on send to. The expanded menu will open up. I have the Home Edition of Windows 7.

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  5. phylis

    It doesn’t work for me either. Did as Karen said but there is no *send to* show up! I have windows 7 home edition.

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    1. infoave Post author

      It’s been on every Windows computer since Windows 95. You can’t click folders and get a “send to” menu – only files.

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    2. infoave Post author

      It’s been in every version of Windows since Windows 95

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  6. Gene Bastian

    I don’t have ‘send to’ my menu.26 other ones.Sooo it doesn’t work
    Gene

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  7. mack

    I have windows 7 home, hold down the shift key first
    then right click on the file, then highlight “send to”
    It does work if you take time to do it right.

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  8. Len

    Works like a charm!! i have Windows 7 Home Premium and can use shift-right click on any folders as well to get the same results..thanks for the tip!!!

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  9. Sylvia Roselli

    Hi. I have Windows 7. When I shift/right click the message I get is: “Email with Windows Live”…..perhaps? this is what some folks are getting and miss seeing because they are looking for the “send to” wording????? Possibly??? As InfoAve says – – ‘Send to’ has Always been an option on computers.

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