Add Cloud Locations to Windows 8/8.1 Send To Menu

Cloud storage is not only becoming increasingly popular, but as it is built into some of the newest software, it is practically unavoidable. Windows 8 came with SkyDrive and the upcoming 8.1 version of the operating system only increases and tightens that integration. Ironically, however, one place Microsoft did not think to place its cloud option was in the right-click context menu.

In fact, though I have multiple cloud storage apps installed, the only one that places itself in the “send-send” area is Drobox, meaning if I wish to use SkyDrive, Google Drive or Amazon Cloud Drive then I must drag files to them.

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Modern Windows makes this simple to fix. But you will first need to take care of one minor detail — hidden files must be enabled. To do this you can head to the Charms menu, click search and type in “hidden files”. Tap the top result and then switch the radio button to “Show hidden files, folders and drives”.

Now you will need to access the location where Microsoft stores its list of included apps. There are two ways of going about this — the easy one and the hard one, but we will give you both methods.

1. You can tap windows-r to bring up the run menu and then type shell:sendto and hit enter.

2. Or you can open Explorer and navigate to users – “your name” – AppData – Roaming – Microsoft – Windows – Send To.

Both methods land you in the same location.

Here you will find the list of all items included. Now it is a matter of locating the services you wish to add. All of the cloud storage apps I named earlier should be present on the left column of the Explorer window, making this an easy task.

Right click the services you wish to add, drag each over to the Send-To folder, drop it and choose “Copy here” when prompted of a choice.

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A word of caution is need here — while both Amazon and Google simply created shortcuts, which is what Dropbox already was, while SkyDrive wanted to place a full copy of itself, including all files stored within it.

Similarly, you can right-click items within the folder and choose to delete them if you feel you have no use for one of them. This method also works for other programs, aside from just the cloud apps. Simply locate the chosen program, which is usually stored in the “Program Files” or “Program Files(x86)” folder.

 

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