This article is mainly for those of you who have a website or post files to web servers using FTP (file transfer protocol). Most of you may already be using an FTP client such as FileZilla to upload all of your files. This works great but sometimes you may want to upload only one or two files. It takes time to launch the FTP client and make sure it’s pointing to the proper location before you upload. I’ll show you a quick way to upload files by simply right clicking on them and using the built-in Windows Sendto menu. This will take a few minutes to set up, but one nice thing about this procedure is that it doesn’t require you to download and install any new software.
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These instructions are basically the same for Windows XP, Vista and 7 once you get to the Add Network Wizard. Perform the appropriate actions listed below based on your operating system.
While you are viewing your Desktop …
Windows XP: Double click “My Computer”.
Windows Vista/7: Double click “Computer”.
Windows XP: Open “My Network Places” and click on “Add a network place”
Windows Vista/7: Right click on any empty area and select “add a network location” and click “Next” when the Add Network wizard pops up.
Select “Choose another network location” and click “Next”.
Enter the FTP address for the FTP server.
Enter the user name and un-check the “Log on anonymously” box
Finish creating the network location. It will try to connect to your FTP server. Once it does, it’ll ask you to enter your password. You can tell it to remember your password at this point if you want to.
When you have your new Network Place (FTP server) open, navigate to the folder where you most commonly upload files. Right click on the folder and select “copy”
Windows XP: Open up the Start > Run menu and type in “sendto”. The Sendto folder should open. Right click in an empty area in the Sendto folder and paste a shortcut. You can rename the shortcut at this point if you wish.
Windows Vista/7: Finding the Sendto folder is a pain in the rear. Typically it’s located at …
Right click in an empty area in the Sendto folder and paste a shortcut. You can rename the shortcut at this point if you wish.
Now when you need to quickly send a file or files using FTP, you can right click on the files, choose “Sendto” and then pick the shortcut you just created.
Be sure to comment below if you have you’re own ideas on how to easily upload via FTP.