How to add an option to share files easily from Windows or Linux

The context menu of most file browsers has many options for managing the data we have stored on our disk and its different folders. The problem comes when we want to send something not from one location to another within the same computer or a removable medium, but over the Internet.

Let’s say I want to send some photos that are in a folder from my PC to my smartphone. The options are usually: find a cable and connect the device to the computer, remove the microSD card (if it has) and connect it to the computer through the port (if it has) or an adapter. Or, open another application like Dropbox to upload it to the cloud, or mail it to yourself. Nothing ideal. With the alternative that we are going to present below, you can add a more direct option to send all types of files in just a couple of clicks.

How to add an option to share files easily from Windows or LinuxIn Windows 10 there is an option to share directly from the ribbon menu of the file browser. The problem with this is that that menu is what it does is offer a series of Modern applications that are compatible with the function, such as the Mail that comes by default, or the Facebook and Twitter apps for Windows 10 if you have installed them. Again, it is not ideal.


My favorite solution to this problem is to use the Pushbullet application. You may have heard of her before. This app is best known for being available on Android and iOS and allowing to send all kinds of content between your mobile device and your computer, thanks to its extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Opera.

What few know or decide to take advantage of, is the native application for Windows that integrates with the browser. And, if you use Linux, specifically Ubuntu or some derivative, you also have a solution to integrate it into your file manager.

In Windows

To add the option to send through Pushbullet from the Windows Explorer, you just have to download the official app from this web and then install it on your computer. Of course, you will have to create a Pushbullet account, and have the application installed on the other devices with which you want to share content.

After you’ve done that, you’ll be able to send links, images, documents, notes, compressed files, and even executables , through Pushbullet and to any computer, tablet, phone, or browser that appears on your list. You can also send friends who have additions and use Pushbullet.

All apps are free, the only difference is that with the Pro version you can share files up to 1GB and give you 100GB of storage in the cloud.

In Linux

While Pushbullet does not have its own native Linux application, you can use the extension for any of the browsers mentioned above. Or, a better alternative and compatible with your file explorer, is to install Pushbullet Indicator thanks to the repository created by Atareao.

Instead of adding an option to the context menu, Pushbullet Indicator will add a button to the indicators panel from which you can do exactly the same thing you can do from the Windows explorer, including browsing your files and sending them to other devices.

Then just look for the tool in your list of applications and run it for the first time.

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