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Windows XP and Vista expert tweaking guide

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Improve Explorer's Send to menu

Got a problem with Windows? There's no need to put up with elements that don't suit you. We've got the tools to help you get XP or Vista looking and acting just right.

When you right-click a file or folder in Windows Explorer, a menu pops up, offering a variety of options. One of these is Send To, which allows you to send the file to any one of a list of locations – to a drive, a program or a folder, for example.

But the programs and destinations that appear in the list by default may not be the ones you want to send things to. It's simple to add destinations or programs and to take away others. You'll merely add or take away shortcuts from a special Windows folder.

1. In Windows Vista, go to C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo (where username is, er, your username).

In XP, go to the Send To folder. Adding an item to this folder makes it available in the Send To pop-up menu. Find it at C:\Documents and Settings\username\SendTo.

In both cases, the folder will be filled with shortcuts to all the locations you find on your Send To context menu.

2. To remove an item from the Send To menu, delete the shortcut from the folder. To add an item to the menu, add a shortcut to the folder by highlighting the folder, choosing File, New, Shortcut (in Windows Vista you'll need to press Alt to get the File menu to appear) and following the instructions for creating a shortcut.

The new setting will take effect immediately; you don't have to exit Windows Explorer for the effect to be applied.

Send to menu

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