Disable Send To Menu in Windows Vista

When you right click on an item (like a file or folder) in Windows Explorer, you are shown a context-menu. One sub-menu of this right-click menu is the Send To which is extremely useful to copy a file over a device or a special folder. All you have to do is right-click over a file and choose Send To and then the device name or folder name shown. But if you want, you can disable this Send To in Windows Vista. Here is how :

Disable Send To menu in Windows

Note : Since you are going to make changes to your Windows registry, it is highly advised that you create a backup of the Windows Registry using the free tool ERUNT. In case of a bad Registry edit, you can always restore the Registry from the backup.

  1. Press the key combination Windows logo key + R to open the Run dialog.
  2. In the Run dialog, type regedit.exe and press the Enter key to run the Windows Registry Editor.
  3. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key :
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAllFilesystemObjectsshellexContextMenuHandlersSend To
  4. You would find the (Default) value in the right-side pane as shown.

    Disable Send To menu in Windows

  5. Double-click on it and change its value to a blank string (leave the text field blank).

    Disable Send To menu in Windows

  6. Click OK to save the value. You will see that the Send To has disapeared from the context-menu.

If later you want to enable the Send To again, then you can change the value of the Default in step 5 above to {7BA4C740-9E81-11CF-99D3-00AA004AE837}.

Alternatively, you can also download the Registry entries file disable_sendto_menu.zip. Extract the the contents of the ZIP archive to a folder. Double-click on disable_sendto_menu.reg to disable the Send To menu. Similarly, to enable the Send To menu, use the enable_sendto_menu.reg file.