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On my old XP machine I would simply copy shortcuts into the %userprofile%\SendTo folder. On Windows-7 this folder is hidden, and I don't have access to it (which surprised me, it is my SendTo folder after all).

Is there an "approved" way of adding to my Send To menu that I'm unaware of? Or do I need extra permissions from our system administrators?

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A little extra googling found it on How to Geek

The folder is now at %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo


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Actually, the folder is represented by FOLDERID_SendTo. You should never rely in hard-coding default paths. – Joey May 11 '10 at 17:59
@Johannes Rössel: I did a quick google for that but I don't understand it's context' Should I be able to run dir %FOLDERID_SendTo% from a command prompt? Thanks. – Binary Worrier May 14 '10 at 13:32
From a batch file you have no choice. When fiddling with this yourself on your machine do whatever works. However, if you put things there with a program you should use the proper APIs to get the folder since %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo is merely the default path. There is no guarantee that the actual folder really resides there. – Joey May 14 '10 at 15:43
Since it is a shell folder, the chances approach 100% that it is located at the default location. However, it may be hard-linked from another location as well. Ordinarily, simply typing the path to a folder in the Run box will open it, but you will get an error without the "shell:" command if target is a symbolic link of some kind. – Abraxas Jul 21 '11 at 9:22

An alternative, easier to remember, quicker and fail safe way to get the the Send To folder is to type shell:sendto in the Start Menu search box. The location contains ordinary application shortcuts.

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+1 Excellent! Have you a reference to other shell: commands? Can they be used in places other than the Run dialog e.g. Can they be used in batch commands, Powershell scripts etc? Thanks – Binary Worrier Apr 6 '11 at 13:14
@Binary: Sure. As you can see, there are loads of them, but they cannot be used in scripts, as far as I know :… – paradroid Apr 6 '11 at 13:17

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