How do I add my printer to the Send To folder?

Posted on 2006-04-14
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
I want to send a printer file (xx.prn, generated via a print-to-file operation, using the appropriate print driver) directly to my printer using the right-click Send To... feature of the Windows Explorer file manager.  This would be similar to what I do with the DOS command "copy xx.prn prn", which works on my home computer but not at the office.  I've tried creating a shortcut in my Send To folder at home, using prn as the "location" -- and it appears as prn(2) and doesn't work.  Any ideas?  (The office printer is a network printer, BTW.)
Question by:EDC
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    Accepted Solution

    Wonder if you could use add this utility and then add it to the "send to" folder:
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    Assisted Solution

    by:Lee W, MVP
    Create a shortcut to the printer by opening the Printers and Faxes window and right clicking the printer and selecting create shortcut.

    Then place it in the SendTo folder within your profile (this folder MAY be hidden, so you may have to tell explorer to show hidden files).

    Author Comment

    Sorry, leew -- I get an error box that starts "This file does not have a program associated with it..." when I do the Send To operation.  But that does tell me how to create a shortcut to a printer, so I'll split the points.

    But RobWill -- your suggestion worked great!  Thanks!  (Majority of the points to follow.)
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    by:Rob Williams
    Thanks  EDC,

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