How Windows “Send to” can be made better ?

Send to is an option which comes when you had selected any item and right click. This option lets you send files to already predefined places in windows.

I had always wished that Send To context menu in Windows would have got a dedicated customization Wizard. This is very helpful when you want to sort out files quickly without getting into complex options. For example if you have a download folder and you have all sort of files i.e. executables, zip, docs etc and you want to sort them quickly. Just right click and send to Document folder and so on.

My Visualization of  Future Windows Send to :

  • Let me add or remove devices like printers, mobiles etc so that I can do things faster.Sometimes I just want to send photos to my mobile and if it is connected this would easiest way to do it.
  • Let Libraries show up by default. Why do I need to do a shift +  right click ? and let me customize which libraries I want to see there.
  • Let me define what should happen i.e. Copy or Move. This help me clean up things even better.
  • Add “Customize Send to” As last item as you see in the image.
  • And Lastly A Wizard for customizing  Send to which opens when I click that.
Customize Send To

Customize Send To

PS: Feel Free to Add yours

How you can customize Windows 7 Send to now ?

In Windows Xp I used to add folder shortcut directly to this folder, though manual but that was the only option. In Windows 7 Send to got little better but still automated but it got integrated with Windows 7 Library, favorites and search folders were included.

Recently I got a comment from our reader Gary who says :

Your tip on the “send to” in Windows 7 is OK but Windows 7 “send to” is still not as good as the “add on” that was available in earlier versions of windows. I tried your suggestion and it moved my file without giving me the option of copy or move. I don’t particularly like that feature! The old “send to” that I loved gives you the option to copy or move the file. It also allowed me to move or copy files from my flash drive to the C drive on my PC. That is the “send to” I am looking for in Windows 7. Bring back the old “send to” it was much better but I tried installing it on Windows 7 and it would not install. Any ideas how I can get back the old and better “send to”?

I agree with Gary. Copying is not the only thing we do, move is another good option which should be there. We cant do it Send to yet but here is trick which would allows you get Copy to and Send to option in the context menu but with this you will to navigate every time.

  1. Go to Start and  type in regedit and press Enter
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers.
  3. Now do a Right-click  > New > Key and name it Copy To .
  4. In the right pane you would see a string which says Default.
  5. Right Click on it and select Modify and in the Value data  enter this string {C2FBB630-2971-11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}.
  6. Repeating again, Now in the the left pane do a  right-click ContextMenuHandlers > New > Key and this time name it as Move To
  7. Like you did in step 4 and 5, Do a right-click on Default > Modify and in the Value data enter this string {C2FBB631-2971-11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}.
  8. Exit from the registry editor.

Now if you do a right click any where you would see both options showing up. Good Luck.