Reveal The Hidden Menu Items In “Send To” Menu In Windows 7

Simple Trick For Revealing The Hidden Menu Items In “Send To” Menu In Windows 7

In all Windows Operating Systems, the option “Send To” which appears in the right-click context menu allows you to send any file or folder to another destination easily and instantly. The “Send To” feature basically copies the files/ folders to the destined location.

The moment you take your mouse pointer to the “Send To” option, you will get a submenu which typically displays menu items which include Desktop (create shortcut), Compressed (zipped) Folder, Mail Recipient, Documents, CD/DVD RW Drive, Fax Recipient etc.

Normally, if you wish to copy or send files/ folders to other destination folders such as My Documents, Downloads, My Pictures, My Music, Saved Games, My Videos, etc., which are not present in “Send To” menu by default, you need to add them to “Send To” menu or copy and paste the files/ folders to the preferred destination manually.

However, this is not the case with Windows 7. In Windows 7, you do not need to follow this lengthy procedure of adding your preferred destination folders to “Send To” menu anymore. Windows 7 comes with a hidden expansion to your “Send To” menu.


To activate this hidden expansion, you need to simply press and hold the “Shift” key, while you right-click on a file or folder. Microsoft has implemented this technique in Windows 7 and Vista for revealing hidden context menu items such as options for opening Command Window, copying as path etc. as well as for revealing the right-click context menu for Taskbar’s pinned icons.

As “Send To” is one of the items in the right-click context menu, when you press and hold the “Shift” key while right-clicking on a file or folder, not only will the right-click context menu reveal extra hidden items, you will see some extra/hidden folders and directories in “Send To” submenu as well. The folders and directories displayed will belong to the current logged on user.

The extra/hidden items which will be revealed in “Send To” menu include folders such as Desktop, Contacts, Downloads, Links, Favorites, My Music, My Documents, My Pictures, Saved Games, My Videos, Tracing and Searches.

Simple Method For Managing Items In “Send To” Menu

Simple Method For Managing Items In “Send To” Menu

If you wish to copy a file or folder to another destination on your system, you can do it quite effortlessly by using the “Send To” option in the right-click context menu rather than copying the file/folder and pasting it into the destined folder manually. This useful option is available in all Windows OS including Windows 7, XP, Vista, 2008, Windows Server 2003, etc.

The “Send To” menu contains very few items by default. However, you may manage the items in your “Send To” menu i.e. add or delete items in “Send To” menu as per your preference. Normally, to do so, you need to navigate all the way to “SendTo” folder which is located at the below mentioned location:


However, instead of navigating through this lengthy path, you may go to SendTo folder quite easily by typing in the command “shell:sendto” into “Run” command box in Windows XP or Start Search in Windows Vista. Once the SendTo folder opens in Windows Explorer, you can customize the items.

You may copy and paste or simply drag and drop the preferred folders which you wish to display in “Send To” menu into the SendTo folder. You may also remove any items that you do not want to be displayed in “Send To” menu.

In Windows 7, most of the personal user folders are included as hidden items in “Send To” menu which can be viewed by pressing and holding the “Shift” key whilst right-clicking on a file/ folder.