Hidden Registry Settings for the “Send To” Menu in Windows

The Send To menu in Windows allows you to quickly send a file to different locations including a CD/DVD, USB drive or to a third-party application. We’ve covered a few articles on the “Send To” menu before, and here are the three new and undocumented registry edits that can be used in Windows 7 and higher.

DelaySendToMenuBuild

By default when you right-click on a file or folder, items in your Send To folder is enumerated even before you actually click the Send To menu. By setting the DelaySendToMenuBuild DWORD value data to 1 you can change the default behavior, so that Send To menu entries are generated only when you click or hover over the Send To menu, rather than on every right-click.

After the registry edit, you’ll notice that the context menu pops up a little bit faster than before.

DelaySendToMenuBuild (REG_DWORD value) is implemented in the following registry location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

NoSendTo

The NoSendTo value can be used to hide the “Send To” menu in the right-click menu for a file type. It’s implemented in the file type’s ProgID. For example, to hide the “Send To” menu for text files (.txt), create a NoSendTo (REG_SZ) value in this location:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\txtfile

NoSendToMenu

NoSendToMenu (REG_DWORD) registry value removes the Send To option for all files types. This value is implemented (set to 1) in one of the following keys:



HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

NoDrivesInSendToMenu

The Send To menu displays removable drives by default, as shown below:

By enabling the NoDrivesInSendToMenu (DWORD) value, you can hide drive-letters from the Send To menu without actually hiding the drives in Windows Explorer environment. This edit works in Windows 7 and higher, and is explained in this article. It’s implemented in this registry location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

You need to restart the Explorer shell, or log off and login back for this registry edit to take effect.


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9 thoughts on “Hidden Registry Settings for the “Send To” Menu in Windows”

  1. nice post!

    anything to send to multiple removable drives in one shot or group multiple removable drives in case i want the same content on several removable drives?

    regards,
    mfk.

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  2. Nice tips! But there’s one regression in Windows 7 which XP didn’t have. Windows 7 (and Vista) no longer expand subfolders put in the Send To menu folder.

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  3. Removing the SendTo only works for .txts – doesnt work for anything else.

    .exe .pdf . bmp – none of them can will remove the Send To list in the way you described.

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    • @brokenmethod: NoSendTo works for all file types, provided that you implement it in at the correct ProgID. For example, if Windows Live Photo Gallery is the handler for .bmp files, you implement NoSendTo here: HKCR\WindowsLive.PhotoGallery.bmp.xx.x (Replace X with the actual WLPG version number)

  4. So I have NoDrivesInSendToMenu working when I right click with the mouse, but was hoping to get the same behavior when I use the keyboard (my primary input device) and hit Shift+F10. Any ideas?

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  5. how can i hide/delete Sent to email Recipient by using policy eidit or GPO. I dont want to use delete shortcut mehtod.

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  6. anything to send to multiple removable drives in one shot or group multiple removable drives in case i want the same content on several removable drives?

    Shortcut to robocopy

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    • @john: Yea. Batfile with robocopy, or vbscript should work perfectly fine. Or, simply use “robocopy /mir” with scheduled tasks to sync drives/folders at specified intervals.

  7. “”By enabling the NoDrivesInSendToMenu (DWORD) value, you can hide drive-letters from the Send To menu without actually hiding the drives in Windows Explorer environment. This edit works in Windows 7 and Windows Vista, and is explained in this article. It’s implemented in this registry location:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
    “”

    Works Great!… ‘Send To’ Menu Opens Very Quickly Now. Thanks.

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