Add Custom Shortcuts to the Windows XP Send To Menu

When you right-click on a file or folder, Windows XP displays a shortcut menu that includes options like Open, Delete, Rename, Properties, and so forth. More than likely, you’ve noticed that this menu also includes an option called Send To, which when expand displays different locations to which you can send the item. For example, choosing the Send To > Mail Recipient option automatically opens a new blank email message with the file in question attached. Choosing the Send To > My Documents option places a copy of the current file or folder directly into your My Documents folder hierarchy.

While the default options supplied by XP (and some other programs once installed) are handy, most users don’t recognize that they can add custom locations to the Send To menu as well, as per their needs. For example, let’s say that you commonly store image files in a folder like C:\SharedImages. Adding a shortcut to this folder to your Send To menu makes it easy to move files or folders into C:\SharedImages from the right-click Send To menu.

To add new shortcuts to your user account’s Send To menu, click Start > Run, type Sendto and click OK. Then, right-click and choose New Shortcut to open the New Shortcut wizard and select the location and name of your choice. Once complete, the new shortcut will appear as an option on your Send To menu.

Author: Dan DiNicolo

Dan DiNicolo is a freelance author, consultant, trainer, and the managing editor of He is the author of the CCNA Study Guide found on this site, as well as many books including the PC Magazine titles Windows XP Security Solutions and Windows Vista Security Solutions. Click here to contact Dan.