Use Sendto to edit files in XP/W2K

by Wayne Maples [Published on 22 June 2004 / Last Updated on 22 June 2004]

One of the niffty features in XP is the ability to copy files to the floppy or writeable CDROM using the sendto capability. I also need to be able to edit files using Explorer. Simply browse to the appropriate folder, right-click on the file I wish to edit, and select sendto Notepad. Actually I use UltraEdit, an extremely powerful editor. I also have a sendto option to open files with UltraEdit under Explorer. How do you add Notepad or other editor or program to the Sendto menu for Windows 2000 and Windows XP?
  • Open Windows Explorer
  • Change directory to the Documents and Settings folder
  • Change to your user profile folder, in my case the folder Wayne
  • Change to the SendTo folder
    Since the SendTo folder is hidden, you will have to change your folder preferences to display ALL files.
  • Add a new shortcut to NOTEPAD.EXE, or whatever program you wish, in my case ULTRAEDIT.EXE.
With associations, you can open any TXT file. Using SendTo facility of XP and W2K, you can chose which TXT files to open with Notepad, UltraEdit or other program.

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