Posts Tagged ‘Windows XP’

Downloading a lot of files these days is very easy and fast! A problem with this is that if you do not do some management, things start cluttering up even faster. Let’s look at one of such management techniques – "The Right Click Send To Menu". In this article we will be customizing the right click menu’s Send To option you get on clicking on a file or folder, plus there will be a few "Send To" tricks!

The procedure for customizing the "Send To" menu is same for both XP and Vista. Let’s say you want to add My Music to the Send To menu, you will have to:

  1. Open the run dialog box (Win + r) or Start > Run
  2. Type sendto and hit enter. The "Send To" folder will open.
  3. Then create a shortcut to the My Music folder in the Send To folder and you are done!

send to

Now when you Right Click on any file or folder and choose "Send To", you will see "My Music" listed there. You can add as many item to the Send To menu as you please. Not only folders but you can also add the following:

  • Disk drives (local or network)
  • Fax printers
  • Printers
  • Windows-based programs
  • Compressed (zipped) folders
  • The desktop
  • Mail recipients
  • The My Documents folder

To Remove an entry from the Send To menu you would just have to remove its shortcut from the SendTo folder.

Copying, Moving and Send To tricks:

First off just to set things straight Copying a file or folder means that a "Copy" of the file or folder is created in the new location, while Moving a file or folder means that you "Cut" the file or folder and then paste it in its new location. Since we have customized the Send To menu thus we have taken care of all this and we can achieve all this in one single step.

  • To Copy to the destination:
    • Simply Right Click on the file/folder and choose Send To and then the destination
  • To Move to the destination:
    • Left Click to select, Shift + Right Click on the file/folder and hold down Shift while you choose Send To and then the destination
  • To Create a Shortcut at destination:
    • Ctrl + Shift + Right Click on the file/folder and hold down Ctrl + Shift while you choose Send To and then the destination

Note that these tricks also apply in general when you drag and drop files from one window to another (only you don’t need to right click in that case).

Related: Ways to easily access folders

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If you ever wondered where is your disk space flying away when you don’t seem to have a lot of media files and Gigabytes of music you might want to take a deeper look. First off let me put things into perspective, being a blogger I have to keep trying new softwares and tips and tricks to make sure that you the readers get nothing but the best and validated and working stuff. So today when I wanted to install some stuff I found that I have only 1 GB of disk space left. I quickly opened up C:\ and had a look on what was eating up so much space, there was nothing unusual happening there. Then it struck me that it must be the system restore eating up the space. I mounted the partition in Linux and this is what I found:

disk info

You might have to go into folder options and choose Show Hidden Files and Folders to view the folder.

Now I have some Linux ISO’s indicated by "Red", but the main point to notice is that System Volume Information (Green) is consuming a whooping 3.3 GB and this by no means is very much, I have seen System Volume Information consuming 10s of GB depending on the size of the partition. So now what can you do?

Well you can turn of system restore completely but that is not recommended as you might have to roll back to a save point if anything bad happens to you system. The other more wise thing to do would be to decrease the disk space available to System Restore. You can access this as follows Right Click My Computer Icon and choose properties or Choose System from within the Control Panel or do it my way and Just Hit the Windows Key + The Pause/ Break Key (next to scroll lock). This will open up the System Properties Dialog box, from there click on the System Restore Tab and from there click on a drive and you can change the amount of disk space allocated to System Restore. Be warned this will mean having lesser number of restore points to revert back to.

So its one of those catch 22 like situations where you have to find a path that best suites you and is optimum for you. I would suggest to move the slider to allocate anywhere between 0.5GB – 1.0GB. So have a look at your drive and adjust the slider to get some space back!

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