How to Email File Path to Mail (Mail Recipient, as Path) Using the Send To menu?

Let’s assume you’re working in the training department of a firm, and need to send training materials to new recruits on a regular basis. The usual way is to right-click on the file, choose Send To, and click Mail Recipient. This attaches the file to the compose window in your mail client.

How about saving bandwidth in your local network by sending the target path of documents (residing in a network share), instead of attaching them to mail?

For this purpose, I wrote a script which adds the Mail Recipient (as Path) option to the Send To menu, which when clicked, opens the compose mail window and adds the target location of selected files and folders to the Body.

1. Download SendLinkToMail.zip

2. Unzip the archive and extract the file sendlinktomail.vbs to a permanent location.

3. Double-click sendlinktomail.vbs to run it.

4. When you see the following prompt, simply press ENTER:

The Mail Recipient (as Path) is now added to the Send To menu.

5. Open the location which contains documents that you want to email (as Path)

6. Select the files.

7. From the File menu, choose Send To and click Mail Recipient (as Path)



This opens your mail client, with the Subject and Body fields populated.


Note: Hyperlink is formed correctly as long as the path does not contain spaces.

Add a salutation, type your message, mention the To: address and send it.

Customization

To change the default Subject line and To: address, edit the script using Notepad and modify the variables in Line #28 and 29. For example:

strRecipientEMail = "somename@mydomain.com"
strMailSubject = "Training Documents"

Undo Information

To remove Mail Recipient (as Path) option from the Send To menu, re-run the script, type UNINSTALL and press ENTER. Then delete the file sendlinktomail.vbs manually.

This script works in all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.


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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.

8 thoughts on “How to Email File Path to Mail (Mail Recipient, as Path) Using the Send To menu?”

  1. I am so sorry !!!!
    i just realized that i wasn’t fully extracting the file but using it from the zip file.
    it works and it works great!!!!!!

    thanks very and again apologies

  2. I’ve done as you said and the system loaded. But when I try to use it I get the following message, The file or folder ‘SendLinkToMail.vbs’ that this shortcut refers to can’t be found. Im using Windows 7.
    regards,

    Alan.

  3. Alan,

    I am assuming you are making the same mistake i was making.

    make sure to save the file first before extracting!!!!! that’s the cause of that error.

    Andrew

  4. Currently we are using this, which is very usefull! But we are having the problem that it does not use the UNC path but the direct drive path. So the recepient has sometimes to edit the adress accordingly.
    I looked through the code but i can’t seem to find where to change it.

    So it displays this:
    file://X:\folder\test.jpg
    and we would like this:
    file:///\\name\folder\test.jpg

  5. is there one that well send as attachment rather than link.
    A link to a folder or file on my pc helps no one on the receiving end.
    Thanks

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