System hacks: Modify the right-click “Send to” menu item icon

Windows 10’s right-click “Send” menu provides a convenient way to call up software or open documents. If we want to change the icons of some items under this menu to a custom style, or if there is a problem with the icon display and we need to fix it, how can we do it?

The default items in the Windows 10 “Send to” menu are fax recipients, Bluetooth devices, documents, zipped folders, email recipients, desktop shortcuts, and other items. The icons of these shortcut items need to be modified in two different ways.

1. Items that can be customized through properties

The items that can be modified directly through “Properties” include Bluetooth devices and fax recipients. Take the Bluetooth device item as an example, the specific method is as follows.


First, execute the “shell:sendto” command in the address bar of File Explorer or in the “Run” box to quickly launch to the “Send to” folder (Figure 1). . Then, hold down the Alt key and double-click on the Bluetooth device item you want to modify to launch the Properties window for that item; switch to the Shortcuts tab and click the Change Icon button ICQ icon file or select the desired icon from the imageres.dll, shell32.dll or moricons.dll library file under “c:windowssystem32” on your system, which contains most of the Windows icons (Figure 2).


Fax recipient item icons are modified and customized in a similar way.

If there is a problem with the icon display that needs to be fixed, simply check the path to the same icon from another system that displays it normally and reset the icon file path. If there is no change, you can reset the system icon cache or perform system file integrity check and repair. 2.

2. Items that need to be customized through the registry

Documents, zipped folders, email recipients, desktop shortcuts and other items cannot be modified by the above method, and need to be solved through the registry.

First open the Registry Editor and locate the “HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassesCLSID” branch in order. Then create the following subsections respectively.

{888DCA60-FC0A-11CF-8F0F-00C04FD7D062} for the compressed (zipped) folder

{9E56BE61-C50F-11CF-9A2C-00A0C90A90CE} for desktop shortcuts

{ECF03A32-103D-11d2-854D-006008059367} for documents

{9E56BE60-C50F-11CF-9A2C-00A0C90A90CE} for Mail Recipients

Next, under the above four subsections, create a new subsection named DefaultIcon. In the right pane of DefaultIcon, double-click the “Default” string value and set its numeric data to the full path of the .ICO file to be used as the new icon (Figure 3).


Tip: When defining an icon in DefaultIcon, you can also not specify a specific . For example: %SystemRoot%system32imageres.dll,-27.

After all the icons with to be modified are modified, log off and log on to Windows again, and observe to confirm that the icons to be modified have been modified (Figure 4). If no change has occurred, you can reset the system icon cache. If you need to restore the icon display to the default style, just delete the above CLSID item and its sub item DefaultIcon and restart.


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