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I'm trying to customize my sendto shortcut following instructions posted on a How-To Geek article. The problem is that any shortcut I drop into the sendto folder doesn't appear as a shortcut when I right-click->sendto.

If I copy the actual application (say, Notepad) into the Sendto folder, it will appear as an option but it will not run. If I create a shortcut by copying the actual application and pasting a shortcut, it doesn't appear.

Anyone run into this problem before?

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Check if the shortcuts are really there. Sometimes UAC causes the application to save the file in a Virtual store. Do a RunAs & then do the paste. – Ganesh R. Jan 15 '10 at 19:30
Did you try restarting explorer? (Either kill the process, or just log out) – Phoshi Jan 15 '10 at 19:30
I can see shortcuts in my sendto folder, even shortcuts from months ago when I first tried to set it up that still don't appear when I right-click the send-to menu. – tbischel Jan 15 '10 at 22:01
@Ganesh... I'm not sure what you mean for the RunAs – tbischel Jan 15 '10 at 22:08
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Maybe you're playing around in the wrong folder.

Try navigating to shell:sendto from Run or Explorer.

If I copy the actual application

You're not meant to copy the program. Just a shortcut.

Edit: According to, this issue could occur from

  • The SendTo shell folder path being incorrectly set in the registry
  • Missing 'drop handler' registry values

That site also has a fix for XP and Vista. Worth a try (backup registry first)

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no dice. Its strange, the shortcuts just don't appear in the sendto menu. shrug – tbischel Jan 20 '10 at 19:19
@tbischel may I ask what shortcuts are visible? – Jay Jan 23 '10 at 0:25
The following things are available sendto shortcuts: Compressed (Zipped) Folder, Desktop, Mail Recipient, each I/O device, including hard drive, usb attachment, dvd drive, etc – tbischel Jan 25 '10 at 18:57
@tbischel: still got the problem? tried the link? – Jay May 3 '10 at 23:45
thanks, worked like a charm! – tbischel Jun 28 '10 at 21:13

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