Adding Notepad to the 'Send To' Menu.

The Send To menu in windows versions from 95 onwards and windows NT versions from 4 onwards is a useful and customizable option within the menu that appears when you right click on an object.

Perhaps you find this option useful when you want to copy files to a floppy disk. You just right click on the file, select Send To from the menu and then 3-1/2" Floppy (A) from the sub-menu.

The Send To menu can do much more than this.

One problem with the various versions of Windows and Windows NT is that files can only be associated with one program. To open these files in a different program requires you to hold down the shift key and right click on the file and then select Open With from the right click menu (which is only added to the menu when you hold down the shift key) and then select the program that you want to open the file in. Very often the different program that you want to open the file in on this occasion is Notepad.

If a file isn't associated with any program then the Open With option always appears on the right click menu and you have to scroll down the list of programs looking for the one that you want to open the file with. In this case the program is even more likely to be Notepad particularly when you are taking a look at a file's content in order to work out what program that it belongs to.

Wouldn't it be nice if there was an easier way to get a file open in Notepad (or whichever other programs that you find yourself constantly using with files associated with a different program. Well there always has been because we can customize the Send To menu to open files in Notepad (or whatever other programs that we add to the Send To menu).

All that we need to do to add an option to open files in Notepad to the Send To menu is to copy a shortcut to Notepad into the menu. The quickest way to do this that I have found (on the operating system versions that I tried it on) is as follows:

  1. right click the start button
  2. select Open
  3. click the down arrow next to the folder name drop down box and go to the Windows (or WinNT) folder)
  4. right click on Notepad.exe and select Copy
  5. right click the start button again
  6. select Open
  7. click the parent folder button (the one that looks like a folder with an arrow on it that goes right to left and then curves up).
  8. open the Send To folder
  9. go to the Edit menu and select paste shortcut
  10. press F2
  11. rename the shortcut to Notepad

Now when you want to open a file in notepad rather than the program that it is normally associated with, all you have to do is to right click on the file, select the Send To menu and then Notepad. The file will then open in Notepad.

 

This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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