Add Quick Launch to the Send To menu to create new shortcuts faster

If you are a long-time Windows user, you might be more comfortable with using the Quick Launch toolbar on the taskbar instead of pinned taskbar shortcuts. Quick Launch is more compact (takes far less space), allows multiple rows and once it is enabled, running programs always appear to its right. Regular Winaero blog readers might be already knowing how to get back the good old Quick Launch toolbar in modern versions of Windows since I've covered it multiple times. Today, I would like to share a tip which will save your time - how to quickly add a new shortcut to the Quick Launch toolbar.


If you are not familiar with Quick Launch or have no idea how to turn it on, you might be interested in reading the following articles first:

By default, to add a new shortcut to the Quick Launch toolbar, you need to drag that shortcut to the toolbar. Or, alternatively, you can do it as follows:

  1. Right click an empty area of the Taskbar and unlock the Taskbar, if it is locked.
  2. Right click the empty space inside the Quick Launch toolbar.
  3. In the context menu pick the item "Open Folder": Windows 10 quick launch open folder
  4. A new File Explorer window will appear. You can paste or create new shortcuts in the opened folder. Windows 10 quick launch folder All those shortcuts will appear in Quick Launch. Windows 10 quick launch shortcut icon

All these methods involve too many steps. There is a faster way to add new shortcuts to Quick Launch.

  1. Press Win + R keys together on the keyboard to open the Run dialog. See the full list of all Windows keyboard shortcuts with Win keys.
  2. In the Run box, type the following text:
    shell:SendTo

    Windows 10 run shell sendto
    The text above is a shell command. Read the following article for details: The list of shell commands in Windows 10.

  3. Once you hit the Enter key in the Run dialog, the "Send To" folder will be opened in File Explorer.
    Windows 10 sendto folder There, you need to create a new shortcut.
  4. Right click the empty space in the opened Send To folder and select New - Shortcut in the context menu. Use the following text as the shortcut target:
    %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

    See the following screenshot: Windows 10 new shortcut in sendto folder

  5. Leave the shortcut name as it is. It will be named Quick Launch: Windows 10 quick launch shortcut name
  6. Now, set some nice icon for the shortcut you just created. You can pick it from the following files:

    c:\windows\system32\shell32.dll
    c:\windows\system32\imageres.dll

Now, you will be able to add a new shortcut to Quick Launch with just a right click! For example, right click some icon on the Desktop and choose Send To -> Quick Launch. It will be added to Quick Launch immediately. See: Windows 10 quick launch annd new shortcut via send to Windows 10 quick launch annd new shortcut via send to 2 This is very useful. You are done.

Note for Windows 10 users: The "Switch between windows" shortcut in Quick Launch does not work any more. It is broken due to the new Virtual Desktops/Task View feature and cannot be fixed. You can safely delete it. The Task View icon pinned to the Taskbar in Windows 10 is its replacement.

4 thoughts on “Add Quick Launch to the Send To menu to create new shortcuts faster

  1. anon

    Windows 8/8.1/10 tip: go to shell:AppsFolder and right-click an item to create a desktop shortcut.

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      we covered that trick already.
      it is not related to the topic of the article.

      Reply
      1. anon

        My bad. In that case, delete my comment and replies, please.

        Reply
        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          There is nothing wrong with comments.
          We just had a conversation.

          Reply

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