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Windows 7 - Send To menu

Hi Everyone,

I'm trying to add a printer option to my Send To option when I right-click on a file.  I've tried dragging a printer shortcut into the
C:\Users\nluser\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Send To fold, but it doesn't show up.   If I drag other shortcuts however, they do show up.  But never the printer.

Any ideas how to fix this?

Thanks,

Theo
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I don't use this, but I looked around and found this:

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-add-locations-to-the-windows-7-send-to-menu.html

I think it might work for you ....  Thinkpads_User
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Instead of using the Send To option, why not just right click a document and select the Print option?
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TheodosiosAuthor Commented:
The user I'm supporting claims there is no such option.  Strange.

Theo
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The link I sent you works, and then in Windows Explorer, as LeeTutor suggests, right clicking on the file shows Print as an option. That is what I use, but I was trying to answer your actual question.

Now if the client says this does not work:

(a) Make sure there is a default printer assigned (a real one). There may not be.
(b) Open cmd.exe with Run as Adminstrator and run SFC /SCANNOW to see if that corrects it.

... Thinkpads_User
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bigeven2002Commented:
The ability to add Printers to "Send To" was removed after XP to my understanding due the Print option being immediately available when right-clicking on a document.
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Brian GeeCommented:
Is this printer on a network share? If so, you should be able to get this to work. Your question had me try a few different things, and what worked was going to a networked printer (\\server\printer), right-clicking and Create Shortcut. The shortcut would appear on my Desktop, and then I would cut and paste it into the SendTo folder. The printer shortcut would then be available on my SendTo right-click options.

An initial print job from the right-click > Sent to > (printer_name_shortcut) would prompt me with a notice that I would first need to attach to the printer (despite my already having a mapping to the printer), but I allowed the connection and then all was set. Concurrent print requests from this SendTo option opens the document, commences a print job, and then closes the document. I ran tests with Notepad and Word docs, as FYI.
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Hmmm.  I just noticed that right clicking on a .txt file doesn't give me the Print option, but right clicking on any Microsoft Office document does...  I also tried shift right clicking on a .txt file and that didn't give me the Print option either....  Theodosios, what type of document is your user not seeing the Print option by right click on?
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
>>>  I just noticed that right clicking on a .txt file doesn't give me the Print option

Yes, it does. I tested this before posting. So are we looking in the correct place?  When I right click on a .txt file, the Print option is right under Open, not at the bottom of the context menu. I tried it and it printed. It does open up my default text editor to load a temporary file.

Does that help? .... Thinkpads_User
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bigeven2002Commented:
yobri,

Are you using Windows 7?  Is there a tweak to getting the printer to show in Send To?  I did what you did with a network printer and the PDF distiller, neither showed up.  I really don't think this is supported in Windows 7.
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Brian GeeCommented:
Yes, Win7 32-bit in a VM since there apparently are no 64-bit drivers for my old HP LJ printer...

The trick was that I had to map to the printer in question (actually going to \\computer_name\ and then seeing the shared printer and then right-clicking that shared printer and choosing Create Shortcut). I retrieved the shortcut from my Desktop (which you just have to know will be there since there are no messages to that fact) and then placed into the SendTo folder.

Mind you, this doesn't work when trying to Create Shortcut from the Devices and Printers window... I'm thinking that this process is making a shortcut of a shortcut or something, but it plain just doesn't work goes this way it appears...
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I am using Windows 7 Pro 64-bit and the Print option is there on my context menu. I do have real printer attached and working (albeit on a local print server). ... Thinkpads_User
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I replaced Notepad (the normal Default program for .txt files) with a nice freebie I've been using for many years called Metapad.
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bigeven2002Commented:
yobri, Thanks for clearing that up!
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Could be ... However, I use UltraEdit as my default text editor and that is what came up when I printed.

... Thinkpads_User
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TheodosiosAuthor Commented:
I just remembered, the printer is not local, all the printers are mapped to a print server.  Perhaps that's a factor?
I will get him to try that scf /scannow option, and also that mapping to the share and creating the shortcut from there.   I just created the shortcut from the Printers section in Control Panel, maybe that's what did it.

Thanks,

Theo
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Brian GeeCommented:
Should work just fine creating the shortcut from the server share itself (right-click > Create Shortcut on the printer on the server share).
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TheodosiosAuthor Commented:
What if the printer is a network printer, but not shared?  

Theo
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Brian GeeCommented:
It should work fine so as long as the computer that is running the Send To process can already print to the network printer through conventional means....
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TheodosiosAuthor Commented:
Right, but if it isn't shared, how can I map to it using a share name?

Theo
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Brian GeeCommented:
Is the computer in question able to print to this printer already? If so, then it is probably shared already only because the printer gets a Share Name for the device when it is shared. If it is not shared, then there would be no device to detect or a Share Name to choose from when mapping to the root of the server/hardware in question.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I am sitting here at my Windows 7 machine with no printer attached, not on any network, and no printer defined at this location. Right Click on any .TXT file and Print is still available.

Try setting up a local printer and make it default for a short bit and see if it works. ... Thinkpads_User
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