How to set up and use Send To
Have you ever wished you could click on a file and choose which program will open it instead of the default program? For example, when you click on a picture, instead of opening in the default viewer, you could edit it in a different image program? This tip will show you a way to accomplish this.
This tip is actually general purpose, and I’ll make it short this time. I promise!
First, open Windows File Explorer.
Did you know that you can type some folder names right into the address bar? Vista will recognize many of them such as “documents”, “pictures”, “videos”, “music”, “favorites”, and “links”.
In this case type “sendto” as shown below:
Then type in “Enter” on your keyboard. File Explorer will open up the SendTo folder as shown here:
Now you can drag and drop or cut and paste shortcuts for your applications into this folder. You can cntl-drag them right off the Start Menu or copy them from there and paste them into this folder. The ones I have are shown above. These items will now appear on the context menu when you right click a file and move to and hover over the “Send To” choice.
Some applications add their own context menu (right click menu) items that you can use also. So, it is up to you if you want to add those applications to this menu as well. If they do they might only show up for certain file types – not every file type. Send To is for everything!
So what’s this good for? Normally, when you click on an image or photo file the default application opens. You can, however, right click on the file and “Send To” another application such as Paint to edit an image instead of just viewing it. Or my SQL file can be sent to Notepad for an easy edit. I sometimes like to send Rich Text Documents to WordPad instead of Word because it is something quick and easy, and it opens faster. Try it. You’ll like it.
Anyway, you can right click on any file and use Send To. Here is what the context menu looks like when you right click on an image file:
Right click the picture, then hover over “Send To” to open the next menu. Now click Paint and the picture opens in Paint. This is just an example. Paint could also be Paint.net or Photoshop or just about any application that allows you to drop a file onto it when it is open or onto its shortcut.
I already know this example shows redundant functionality to Vista, but it works on any version of Windows, as well as Vista, that may not have tools built in. And the built in Vista tools might not do what you want. For example, some programs might not remove red eye, but they can add text anywhere in the image and add callouts or do layers or change file formats. The built in tools might not be able to do everything you need.
I discovered this feature while working with Oracle *.sql files and the like. These SQL files are basic text files, but an application might not be registered for this file extension (so clicking on it will display the “Windows cannot open this file” dialog) or it might be registered to an app like SQL Developer or Visual Studio which takes a long time to load. So, this tip shows how you can divert your file to another application easily for viewing or basic editing or whatever.
There are more tricks you can do with this. But I removed some of my targets for the screen captures to make it easier. You can add targets like Documents, specific folders, and indeed the “SendTo” folder itself. Imagine clicking on Start then all programs to a certain program. Now just right click the program and hover over “Send To” and then pick sendto on the next menu! that installs this program in the sendto menu!
Anyway, I’ve used this tip for every version of Windows since Windows 95, and thought this would be a good thing for you to know too.