Open Hidden Menu Options With The Shift And Right-Click Shortcut

Open Hidden Menu Options With The Shift And Right-Click Shortcut

Right-clicking on a file or folder brings up a context-sensitive menu, but sometimes that menu doesn’t show all your options. Hold down the Shift key when you right-click to find hidden but useful commands like copying a file path or expanding the Send To options.

We briefly mentioned the Shift + Right-click shortcut in our previous master list of Windows 7 shortcuts, but here’s a closer look at all the neat tricks the Shift key turns up when combined with right-clicking in Windows Explorer or the Desktop.

Expand the Send To menu

Keep holding down the Shift key when you select one of these options to actually move the file to a new location; otherwise the Send To command will copy it.

If you want to add more items to the Send To menu, How-To Geek says we can type

[code] shell:sendto[/code]

into the location bar and then drag frequently-used shortcuts (like your web server) to that folder.

Copy as Path

Pin to Start Menu

Another self-explanatory hidden menu option, this command puts links to often-used files right on Windows’ Start Menu.

Open in a New Process


Open a Command Window

So those are some secret menu options you can unlock with just the Shift key. Got a cool Windows shortcut tip? Pass it our way by emailing [email protected] or share it with us in the comments.


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