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- What's So Great About the SendtoX PowerToy
- Step-by-Step Using Send To Any Folder
- Installing SendtoX
What's So Great About the SendtoX PowerToy
To understand why this PowerToy is such an enduring favorite, consider the following scenario: You've got a file somewhere in your Windows file system and you want to copy it to another location in your Windows file system (or perhaps even across the network to a file share or UNC path of some kind). Using My Computer or Windows Explorer, there are at least three traditional methods to copy or move files (not to mention that old standby, the command line):
Right click the file name(s), then select either Cut (to remove the file from its current location) or Copy (to leave the original behind and grab a copy) from the pop-up shortcut menu. Next, you must navigate to the target directory, right-click, and select Paste from the pop-up menu.
Highlight the file name(s), then use the Edit menu to invoke the Cut or Copy commands, and proceed as in step 1 above.
Highlight the file name(s), then drag and drop them into the target folder. You can right-click and drag to access specific Copy here or Move here commands, if you prefer.
In simple, compact folder hierarchies these approaches are workable, but they involve a little too much clicking, pointing, and navigating for my taste. The real beauty of the SendtoX PowerToy is that it adds an entry named Any Folder to the Send To shortcut menu. When selected, this menu option opens a dialog box that includes a standard browse button. In turn, this opens a standard browse window wherein you can select a target folder in your local file system, or access remote location through My Network Places.
Essentially, the SendtoX PowerToy permits you to navigate inside pop-up windows to copy or move targets without affecting your current focus in My Computer or Windows Explorer. This is much more efficient and convenient than navigating within the primary window, because you'll lose your original focus as soon as you perform the copy or move operation on the target location.