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Drew's Quick SendTo/Open With Tutorial
OK, this is a really great way to open files on your desktop or elsewhere when they are normally opened by a default program that isn't the one you want to use right now.
Of course, you can open the program you want to use and then go searching for the file name, but that's not always easy to do. And with files you want to zip or images you want to open with several programs this will really make your life easy. It works for Windows 95, 98, and ME.  
With Windows XP, they added an open with choice that eliminates the need for this shortcut. And that's good. Of course, unfortunately, this doesn't work on MACs, sorry. Oh, and while you're at your computer, try right clicking everything you do.
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You'll be amazed at how many aids you'll find to help you work. From spell check to sending a file to your floppy drive, the right click is a great aid in virtually every program. Before we start, look at the first picture.
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This is what you get if you right click a file. In this case I've right clicked a Text file and I want to open it with Word. Do you see how easy this is to do? Now you'll open any file you want with any program you want. It's really easy.
And if you want a quick tutorial on how to change your folder options so that the default program you open that type of file with is changed to what you want from the way your computer came or is now set up, that's easy too and I'll create that tutorial if you email me at the bottom of this page.
You know, when you load a new program it often tries to become your default program for opening the type of files that it addresses. This isn't bad, but be careful, or you won't be in control. Onward.
OK, so just right click any file and you'll see the Send To option. In this case I'm going to show you how to make that an "open with" command just like I use.

Let's start the easy setup.
All we have to do is navigate to the 'Send To'
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folder, add a shortcut and we're done. I'll show you how. It's easy. There's nothing to it.

Just Click on your 'My Desktop' Icon.


That was easy. Now click on your C: Drive to open it. This is of course the My Computer Screen.
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Now we're looking at the files on your C: Drive. I've just shown you a few of mine, but what's important is that you find the Windows folder and click on it. In a minute we're going to go to the Program folder, but we'll come back to that.


OK, so now you'll see either the screen to the left warning you about doing anything in the Windows folder or you'll actually be in the Windows folder. Either way, we aren't going to mess with anything critical so don't worry. All you're going to do is click on and open the SendTo folder. Wasn't that easy? Onward.


Here we are in the SendTo folder. You can see in my folder that I've added Zip, Fireworks Word and Photoshop (being added right now).
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All we're going to do is drag a shortcut or copy a shortcut into this folder, close it up and start using the right click on our mouse from now on. That's it. We're done. Enjoy.
But what if you don't know how to find your shortcuts to copy or drag here? No problem. Read on and I'll show you. If you already know how, you can do it now.
Oh yes, you'd be amazed how many people never right click anything. Try it often. There's almost always some context sensitive help and shortcuts for you to use. In Word, you'll get spelling and much more. Do check it out. . . .Drew


OK, so here we are back at our C: Drive. Remember a minute ago we came here to get to the windows folder. Well, now we're going to click on the Program Files folder. It's where almost all of your program files are stored. Imagine that.

So now were in the program files folder and we're checking out what's here. Every manufacturer creates their own folder and sometimes even a folder for each program. Anyway today we're going to put Adobe Photoshop 7 in our SendTo folder, so let's click the Adobe folder. Wasn't that simple?

OK, here we are in the Adobe folder. You might have opened a folder and found another folder with the specific programs for that manufacturer. If so, just click that folder too. I had a number of Adobe programs, so I did click the one called Photoshop 7 and that's what you see now.
What you're looking for is the .EXE file because that's what actually launches the program. It's almost always (today) the pretty little colored ICON just as you see here. The other ICON you see in this folder is ImageReady and it's another program that I could put in the SendTo as well, but let's take things easy.
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So all you do is either drag this icon to your SendTo folder, or more likely, copy it and then paste it into your folder. I say more likely because most people can't see both folders at the same time.
I can because I have two monitors on all my computers, but the easiest way to copy it is to
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highlight it and then hit Control + C. Remember that tutorial? Then when you open your SendTo folder, just hit Control + V to paste it and you're done.
I hope you've enjoyed this

 
A few last things that I want to mention.
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This is just one more really easy thing you can do once and benefit from now on. I use this to open pages all the time and it really does save me time and I hope it will save you time too.
This should get you started saving time, decreasing your frustration and getting the most out of your computer.

Oh yes, there's more you can do too. Want to send a file that's on your desktop or in any folder to a floppy disc drive or other portable storage device? No problem. Just right click it and look at the menu you'll see. Just click the 'SendTo' Floppy or other and a copy will be sent there. Easy.

What about a program you use all the time? Every time you have to go fight through your start menu? What a pain. Well, just go to your start menu, right click the icon of the program you want and then choose send a 'ShortCut' to your desktop. From now on it's there for you with just a single click
Oh, and here's one thing about the 'ShortCut.' What if you only want it on your desktop for a day, a week or a month while you work on a project. No problem. You can delete it any time without any effect on the program itself. Shortcuts are just handy ways to get to a program fast and easily. You might even want to use one for Free Cell, Solitaire or Hears.
Please take a minute and drop me an email by clicking the link below to tell me what you thought about this tutorial and what you'd like me to cover next.

Enjoy. . . Drew


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