Copy folders and files with Windows 2000 Pro's context menu

If you regularly move and copy folders or files to a specific folder and want to be able to do so through the item's context menu, you can add commands to the context menu for that purpose.

Windows 2000 Professional
Copy folders and files with Windows 2000 Pro's context menu

If you regularly move and copy folders or files to a specific folder and want to be able to do so through the item's context menu, you can add commands to the context menu for that purpose.

Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Registry Editor and select the branch HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers.
  2. Add a subkey named Copy To.
  3. Select the newly created key and double-click the Default value for the key.
  4. Edit the value to {C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13} including the curly braces.
  5. Add another subkey under ContextMenuHandlers named Move To.
  6. Open the key and double-click the Default value and set it to {C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}, again remembering to include the curly braces.
  7. Close the Registry Editor.
Now when you right-click a file or folder you should find two new additions to the context menu that let you move and copy the selected object to a folder of your choosing.

If you want to add a specific folder to the context menu, follow these steps:

  1. Open the hidden folder \Documents and Settings\[user]\SendTo.
  2. Open another window that includes the target folder.
  3. Right-drag the folder to the SendTo folder and choose Create Shortcut.
  4. Add shortcuts for other folders as needed. These folders will appear in the Send To menu of a folder or file's context menu.
Both of these tips will help you save time whenever you want to move of copy folders or files.

Note: Editing the registry is risky, so make sure you have a verified backup before making any changes.

Windows 2000 Server


Simplify cross-firewall printing with IPP

If you need to support printing from one subnet to another, configuring print capability can be difficult if you use a firewall at the gateway. If you do use a firewall, opening ports to allow printing across the gateway can lead to security risks. In addition, enabling users to easily locate and user printers can be difficult because of name broadcast restrictions.

A perfect solution to such situations is the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP), included with Windows 2000 and later. When you install Internet Information Services (IIS) on Windows 2000 Server, the setup process automatically adds a virtual directory named Printers to the default Web Site. This virtual directory points to the physical folder %systemroot%\Web\Printers, which contains the files necessary to enable users to manage and print to printers hosted by the server. (In Windows Server 2003, you must add Internet Printing from the Add Or Remove Programs applet.)

IPP uses port 80, which is open in most firewalls, making it possible for users to print through IPP across network segments or even across the Internet. For example, you could use IPP as a no-cost alternative to faxing between branch offices. Rather than faxing documents, just print them on the remote office's printer.

With IIS and the Printers virtual directory installed, you can add printers to the target server as needed. (Keep in mind that the printers must be local to the server.) Windows automatically makes the printers available through IPP when you add the printers.

To use or manage the printers, just connect to http:///Printers, where is the IP address or fully qualified domain name of the server hosting the printers. Use the resulting Web page to manage or connect to the remote printer.