Help me send to a new folder via right-click in XP
June 11, 2006 1:30 PM   Subscribe

I want "send to a new folder" to be on my "send to" right-click menu (XP)

In XP, you can right-click, and send your files plenty of places. You can download sendtotoys, and that gives you a bunch of options, but no new folder option. You can scour the internet, and find this this tool. But that tool gives me a runtime error (#52, to be precise). The author hasn't replied to my emails, and I have uninstalled and reinstalled the runtime files as well as the (very small) program itself.

So, mefites, tell me: How can I send to a new folder with a right click on a file?
posted by Kwantsar to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
In XP, I can right click a file in a folder, select cut, open the new folder and right click, then select paste. Your software might vary.
posted by Cranberry at 1:57 PM on June 11, 2006

Kwanster: you're asking for a selection that makes the new folder and puts the file in it, right? Sounds handy.
posted by StickyCarpet at 2:03 PM on June 11, 2006

No, if I'm reading him right, he wants to create a new folder and copy that file to the folder in a single action just by right-clicking on the file and choosing a custom "send to" option.

You'll need third-party software to do this, or roll your own. I'm pretty sure you could do something like this with a batch file.
posted by middleclasstool at 2:06 PM on June 11, 2006

Whoops, that "No" was for Cranberry.
posted by middleclasstool at 2:06 PM on June 11, 2006

Response by poster: Yes, StickyCarpet, indeed I am. And I agree with your assessment. If Cranberry was snarking, I hope s/he sees the light about the handiness of the little feature.
posted by Kwantsar at 2:07 PM on June 11, 2006

Response by poster: And middleclasstool, I can barely nest three IF statements in Excel without convulsing, so rolling my own would be quite an endeavor. I just wish the little third-party program I found actually worked.
posted by Kwantsar at 2:08 PM on June 11, 2006

sendtotoys WFM on XP. Send To -> Folder -> Make New Folder.
posted by kcm at 2:11 PM on June 11, 2006

Where would you expect/want the folder to be? I can imagine scripting this with a simple bat file assuming you'd put all the new folders in the same place, but not if you expected to be able to first pick the location of the folder.
posted by tiamat at 2:18 PM on June 11, 2006

Response by poster: kcm- I feel like a bit of a dumbass, for not noticing that, and thanks for pointing it out. It's the next-best thing, but it's not exactly what I'm looking for-- too many keystrokes.

Ideally, I right click, choose "send to new folder," and with no other input, a new folder is created on the desktop, containing the item(s) I selected.
posted by Kwantsar at 2:22 PM on June 11, 2006

This page gives the steps for adding commands to right click menus and seems pretty easy to follow. You can make a simple batch file to do the actual work. Something like this should work:

mkdir "New Folder"
move %1 "New Folder"

and have it run with the filename as the parameter.
posted by dsword at 2:27 PM on June 11, 2006

That will run into problems if you already have a folder called New Folder, however.
posted by dsword at 2:28 PM on June 11, 2006

Extending the Windows Shell has a step-by-step guide to do exactly what you want but has two drawbacks: first, it assumes you care about how the code you're using works, and second, all the images are missing, which makes it less clear.
posted by alasdair at 3:50 PM on June 11, 2006 [1 favorite]

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