How to Add Items to the "Send To" Menu in Windows XP


This article describes how to use the Send To command and how to modify the contents of the SendTo folder.

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By using the Send To command, you can quickly send a file to different locations including a floppy disk, your desktop, another person using e-mail, or the My Documents folder. The SendTo folder contains the shortcuts for the destinations that are displayed on the Send To menu. Every user on the computer has a SendTo folder and can customize its contents.

When you add new destinations to the SendTo folder, they appear on the Send To menu when you right-click a file, and then point to Send To.

How to Use the Send To Command

In Windows Explorer or My Computer, right-click a file, and then point to Send To. On the shortcut menu that appears, click the destination where you want to send your file. The file is sent to or activated by the destination that you select.

Destinations on the Send To menu can include any of the following:

  • Disk drives (local or network)
  • Fax printers
  • Printers
  • Windows-based programs
  • Compressed (zipped) folders
  • The desktop
  • Mail recipients
  • The My Documents folder

Add a Destination to the Send To Menu

By default, the Send To menu in Windows XP lists the following commands (destinations):

  • Compressed (zipped) Folder
  • Desktop (create shortcut)
  • Mail Recipient
  • My Documents
  • 3 1/2 Floppy (A:)
  • CD Drive
To add a destination to the Send To menu, you must add a shortcut to the SendTo folder. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type sendto, and then click OK.
  3. Add a destination by doing one of the following:
    • Use the drag-and-drop operation to move the item that you want to the SendTo folder; to do so, right-click, and then click Create Shortcuts Here.
    • Point to New on the File menu, and then click Shortcut.

      Follow the instructions in the Create Shortcut Wizard.
    A new shortcut is created in the SendTo folder, and it is displayed on the Send To menu.
NOTE: To open the SendTo Folder, you can also perform the following steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
  2. Double-click the drive where Windows is installed (usually drive C, unless you have more than one drive on your computer).
  3. If you cannot view the items on your drive when you open it, under System Tasks, click Show the contents of this drive.
  4. Double-click the Documents and Settings folder.
  5. Double-click the folder of the user whose SendTo menu you want to change (usually your own).
  6. Double-click the SendTo folder.
  7. The SendTo folder is hidden by default. If the folder is not visible, on the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then on the View tab, click Show hidden files and folders.
NOTE: If you want to add a location to the SendTo menus of other users on the computer, you do not have to repeat these steps, you can copy the shortcut into the other users' SendTo folders.

Remove a Destination from the Send To Menu

To remove a destination from the Send To menu, do the following:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type sendto, and then click OK.
  3. Right-click the shortcut that you want to remove, and then click Delete. The shortcut is removed.


For additional information about the Send To command, click Start, click Help and Support, type send to command in the Search box, and then press ENTER to view the topics returned.

Article ID: 310270 - Last Review: Sep 23, 2011 - Revision: 1

Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional