How to easily move or copy files to other folders from right-click context menu in Windows [Guide]

You can add a variety of new options to the Windows XP/Vista/7/8 right-click context menus by tweaking the registry. Among the options that you can add to the Windows Explorer context menus are Copy To Folder and Move To Folder. Both are good options to have on a folder context menu, and you can add them to it from Regedit.

Open Run and type Regedit to open the registry window as below. Then browse to the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers key location. Right-click on the ContextMenuHandlers, click New and Key. You should rename the new key to something like Copy To.

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Then right-click on the Copy To key’s (Default) value to open the Edit String window below. In that window type, or copy (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V), {C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13} as the value. Click OK to close the window, and you should find that your Windows Explorer folder context menu now has a Copy To Folder option.

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You add the Move To Folder option to the context menu much the same. As such, right-click the ContextMenuHandlers key, and then click New > Key. Add a title to the key such as Move to, and then right-click its (Default) value. Input {C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13} in the Edit String window, and click OK to close the window.regedit3

Then right-click a Windows Explorer folder to open its context menu as above. You should find that the context menu includes both a Move to Folder and Copy to Folder option! Click on the options to choose a location to either copy or move folders to.

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  1. BearPup

    Two software options for folks who want to add the Copy to and Move to commands, but who don’t want to mess with the Registry.

    First up is the “Ultimate Windows Tweaker” by The Windows Club (TheWindowsClub.com). It has dozens of tweaks from shortcut arrow remover to network tweaks to file management options such as the ones referred to in this article.

    The second is another file management tool called “FileMenu Tools” available @Major Geeks.com: http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/filemenu_tools.html . Just be on the lookout for crapware / bloatware in the installation routines.

    Unlike most tools, when you open FileMenu Tools for the first time you’ll see that every item is checked, which could easily make your right-click menu expand to two pages in length. Out of the long laundry list of items I have maybe a 1/2 dozen items checked, including Copy to, Move to, and Create a new folder; this last one solves the problem many people run into, namely, being unable to create any new folders – an OS issue yet to be corrected by Microsoft.

    Hope this helps.
    Regards,
    BearPup