I often wished I could copy files to my Temp folder using the Send to the menu from Windows Explorer. After discovering a little trick that would allow me to do so, I realized that there was a potential SharePoint application. Before we get to the SharePoint application, though, I’d like to share the Temp folder solution.
First, type in the Run window: %APPDATA%MicrosoftWindowsSendTo, then click the OK button.
This will open up the folder pictured below, and you need to add a shortcut to your Temp folder.
Once I discovered this, the next natural question was, “Could I use the same technique to move files to a SharePoint document library?”
Arranging to do so turned out to be even simpler. All you need to do is map a drive to the SharePoint document library you want to use as the destination, and the mapped folder will appear in the Send to menu.
Once complete, a map drive icon will appear under the Computer icon.
Now browse to the document library from Internet Explorer… voila, the file is in SharePoint!
I tested this feature on Windows 7, but I expected it would work the same way on Vista and Windows 2008. This is a simple trick, but I can see it saving time and aggravation, especially when piles of files are involved.