Windows has nice feature that allows you, in one step, to open a program and open a particular data file in that program.
No, I don’t mean double-clicking on a file or an icon.
I’m talking about the Windows right-click context menu. You can right-click on a shortcut to a file, or right-click on a file within Windows Explorer, hover over Send to, and the select the program from the Send To submenu.
But, the Send To submenu only includes programs that have set Windows to make themselves available via the Send To menu.
So, what do you do if the program you want to use isn’t available on the Send To submenu? You add it, of course.
In Windows XP, the SendTo submenu was found in a fairly obvious place:
C:\Documents and Settings\tas\SendTo
All you had to do was to drag a shortcut for that program into that directory, and then the program was available immediately via the Send To menu.
I wrote about the Windows XP Send To menu in these two articles:
Windows 7 works the same way, thank goodness, although the Send To directory is buried a little more effectively:
which we see in the image below.
Right-clicking on a file in Windows Explorer gives the context menu (only part of it is shown in this image) and its Send To submenu:
Now, let’s look at the same directory after I right-clicked on a shortcut for the CD/DVD-burning program Ashampoo Burning Studio 10, dragged it to the directory, and selected Copy from the menu that appeared when I released the right mouse button.
Below, we see that Ashampoo Burning Studio 10 is now one of the options on the Send To submenu.
It’s that easy to add a program to the Send To submenu.