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How to unhide or add Send To Menu options in Windows 10

By Emmanuel Dairo | March 12, 2020 |

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The Windows 10 Send To menu in File Explorer allows you to quickly perform functions such as opening a file in a program or sending it to a location on your PC or external device. It is a shortcut to quickly reach the resource you need to perform an operation on the selected file.

The Send To menu is one of the holdovers from the earliest versions of Windows, and everyone still loves to have it. It is not hard to see why. Anything that enables the user to get things done quicker is a welcome development. You just need to right-click a file and hover the pointer over the Send To option in the context menu. The option expands, allowing you to select one of several applications, locations or devices depending on the configuration of your Send To menu.

However, many people have simply moved on from the Send To menu because it mostly contains options they no longer find useful. I mean, who still uses the “Fax recipient” option? Not you, obviously.

Others simply decided that the Send To option was broken when their favourite selection, such as “Compressed (zipped) folder”, simply disappeared. It is the nature of humans to find alternatives if something doesn’t work.

If you fall into either category, there is good news for you. You can add new options to the Send To menu. You can also unhide any option that has disappeared. This guide is here to show you the way.

How to Unhide Missing Items in the Send To Menu in Windows 10

The disappearance of a useful item or two from the Send To menu can quickly turn away people from making further use of the feature in Windows 10. If you’re the more persistent sort and would like to recover the missing item, you can easily do so using this guide.

We will focus on the “Compressed (zipped) folder” option in the menu as this is one feature a lot of people use. If another feature, such as Mail recipient, is missing instead, you can follow the same broad steps to recover it.

How to Fix Compressed (Zipped) Folder Is Missing From the Send To Menu in Windows 10

If the Compressed (zipped) folder option is absent when you expand the Send To menu, you won’t be able to quickly add a file to a zipped folder without using a third-party tool.

This is Windows we’re talking about and anything goes. Sometimes features go missing for no reason, only to reappear after a reboot. In the specific case of the Compressed (zipped) folder option disappearing, it could be due to interference from a corrupted Bluetooth device. It is quite possible, though not common, that the installed device became messed up and somehow took over the space meant to be occupied by the Compressed (zipped) folder option.

Another trigger for the disappearance of this option from the Send To menu in Windows 10 is malware. This can manifest itself either as damage to the relevant registry key that governs the option or corruption of the shortcut in the SendTo folder, where all the options are stored.

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If the Compressed (zipped) folder is hidden, you won’t be able to use it and neither will it show up in the Send To menu. Simply making it visible should fix the error, but not if the issue has to do with the F2SendToTarget file association. You’d need to run a command in an elevated Command Prompt in that case.

How to Fix the Compressed (Zipped) Folder Option Is Not Available in the Windows 10 Send To Menu

There are four easy steps you can take to bring back the option to send files to a zipped folder via the Send To menu. The fifth is to create a new profile, but there is no need to do anything that drastic just yet. The steps below should be more than sufficient to bring back the disappeared item.

Fix 1: Make the Compressed (Zipped) Folder Option Visible

There is a possibility that the option has been hidden and this is stopping it from showing up in the Send To menu. You need to reverse whatever process made it hidden so it can be visible once more.

Before you can manually unhide the feature, you must make sure that the option to show all hidden files, folders and drives is enabled on your Windows 10 PC. Open Control Panel by searching for it and selecting the top result. Next, change the View by mode to Category to arrange the items in the Control Panel by functional groups. Select the Appearance and Personalization option and click the File Explorer Options option in the next window.

When the File Explorer window pops up, switch to the View tab and look for the “Hidden files and folders” option in the Advanced Settings list. You will find two options here. Make sure that you’ve ticked the option “Show hidden files, folders and drives”. Click Apply and then OK to close the window and then exit Control Panel.

Now you will be able to see the hidden Send To option in its native folder. You must navigate to the SendTo folder, where all the options in the Send To menu are actually located. There are multiple ways to do this. One way is to type the following into the Run dialog and click OK:

%AppData%

File Explorer will open in the AppData/Roaming folder. From here, go to Microsoft > Windows > SendTo.

Another method is to manually navigate to the following location via File Explorer:

C:\Users\your_username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo

The third method involves using this special shell command, which you will type in the address bar of File Explorer:

shell: sendto

Whichever option you go with eventually leads you to the SendTo folder. Here, you’ll find the shortcuts and icons that appear in the Send To menu. You won’t see fixed options, such as drives, as those remain permanent unless the physical drives are removed.

Now, check whether the Compressed (zipped) folder is visible in the SendTo folder. If it is dimmed or grayed out, it has been hidden, but you can change that. Right-click the option and select Properties. In the General tab, untick the Hidden attribute and then click Apply and Okay.

That’s all. Next time you expand the Send To menu, the Compressed (zipped) folder option will be displayed as well.

Fix Two: Add the Compressed (Zipped) Folder Icon to the SendTo Folder

At times, the option you’re trying to fix isn’t visible at all in the SendTo folder. It has either been deleted or magically disappeared. Not to worry though. You can simply copy it from elsewhere — in this case, the SendTo folder in the default user account — and everything will be fine.

Simply navigate to the following location via File Explorer:

C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo

Copy the Compressed (zipped) folder in there and paste it into the SendTo folder of your current user account. You don’t need to do anything else.

After this, you should be able to quickly add files or folders to a compressed folder via the Send To menu.

Fix 3: Correct the .ZFSendToTarget File Association Error

Windows has a system to automatically match files to the programs that can open them. This system of file associations usually proceeds without a hitch, and you don’t have to do anything or even know about it. The options in the Send To menu use this as well to automatically match the selected file with the program(s) or locations it can be sent to or opened with.

If .ZFSendToTarget is corrupted, the inability to bring up certain options, such as the Compressed (zipped) folder option, may be the least of your worries. Even if you can see the icon in the SendTo menu, it may still refuse to work.

Usually, the icon should be a Zip file icon. If it is something else, such as a generic icon, this may be the issue.

Solving this involves using an elevated Command Prompt. Select Command Prompt (Admin) from the hidden Windows 10 menu (Win Key+X) and run the following command:

assoc.zfsendtotarget=CLSID\{888DCA60-FC0A-11CF-8F0F-00C04FD7D062}

That’s it. Now check that you can find the Compressed (zipped) folder option in the Send To menu.

Fix 4: Delete an Empty Bluetooth Shortcut

If you’ve previously added a Bluetooth device that later became corrupted, there is a slim possibility it caused the disappearance of the Compressed (zipped) folder option. If you find a Bluetooth shortcut that is zero kilobytes in size anywhere on your system, get rid of it. Particularly, check the SendTo folder for any instance of such a shortcut. Make sure what you’re deleting is actually 0kb in size, otherwise you might end up removing a useful shortcut instead.

How to Add/Remove Send To Menu Items in Windows 10

Now you know how to unhide an item that disappeared from the SendTo menu. But what if you wish to remove some items altogether? Perhaps the menu is full of options you don’t need, and there are too many of them, causing clutter. You can easily delete the offending ones and make your SendTo menu simple and pleasing to the eye.

We mentioned earlier how many people find the default options in the Send To menu unsatisfying and have stopped using it as a result. Do you know you can add folders, applications and extra locations to the Send To menu easily? Is there a folder you love to transfer newly downloaded files to? Simply add it to the Send To menu and easily move the files there. Let’s explain how to carry out either action.

Remove Unwanted Items From the Send To Menu in Windows 10

By now, you should be familiar with the location of this menu on your system. If you need any reminding, it is in “C:\Users\your_username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo” where “your_username” refers to the name of your current user profile.

Once in the menu, you can perform the simple delete operation to remove those items you don’t want to retain. Right-click the item and select Delete. Simple.

Add New Items to the Send To Menu in Windows 10

You can make the Send To menu more useful by customizing it to suit your needs. As long as an application or folder or location on your system is navigable via a path, it can be added to the Send To menu. Be careful not to add too many items though. We don’t want the menu looking like an actual menu list in a downtown restaurant.

  • Adding a Folder

Want an easy way to move your photos to the Pictures folder? Perhaps you would appreciate a quicker way to organize project materials by moving them to the folder designed for them after you download them. Simply add the folder shortcut to the Send To menu. Here’s how to do it:

  • Open the SendTo folder for your user profile. Open the Run dialog, type “shell:sendto” (without the quotes) and hit the Enter key.
  • Open another instance of File Explorer and navigate to the home directory of the folder you wish to add.
  • Right-click the folder and select Copy.
  • Return to the SendTo window, right-click an empty space and select “Paste shortcut”. Rename the shortcut if you wish.

Next time you expand the Send To menu, your newly created option will appear, allowing you to quickly transfer the chosen file to the selected folder.

  • Adding an Application

Basically, every kind of file on your system has a default program for opening it. Sometimes, you have multiple programs that can open one file type. You may retain one as the default but use the other occasionally or to carry out specialized operations.

You can use the “Open with” feature to choose another program to open a file. You can also create an entry for the application in the Send To menu. Here’s what you need to do:

  • As before, open the SendTo folder for your user profile. Open the Run dialog, type “shell:sendto” (without the quotes) and hit the Enter key.
  • Next, navigate to the folder of the application you wish to add. Most app folders can be found inC:\Program Files (x86).
  • Open the application folder and look for the file labeled “Application_Name.exe”. For example, the Adobe Photoshop executable will be “Photoshop.exe”.
  • Right-click the application file and select Copy.
  • Return to the SendTo window, right-click an empty space and select “Paste shortcut”. Rename the shortcut if you wish.

What you’ve just done simply adds the application to the list of Send To options. You can now choose a photo and quickly open it in your favourite image app or quickly add a file as an attachment in a niche email service. The options are limitless.

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