Copy To? Move To?! I Wan’t You In My Context Menu!

Two of the handiest file management tools in Windows Vista are the ‘Copy to Folder’ and ‘Move To Folder’ commands, which allow you to copy and move files or folders anywhere you want simply by selecting an item, a file, or a folder and then choosing the desired location from the resulting dialog box.

Unfortunately, these handy commands are hidden away on the Edit menu in Windows Explorer and Computer. Further masking their existence is the fact that the Menu bar is hidden by default in both Windows Explorer and Computer.

Luckily, you can add the ‘Copy to Folder’ and ‘Move to Folder’ commands to the context menu with a couple of registry edits.

Even more lucky than being able to add these, is the fact that i compiled a Registry key for you! Yay! Whoop whoop! Download the RAR file, extract and run the Reg Key. This will add the two options to the context menu for you! If you prefer to do it yourself (or if you don’t trust me enough, for example=P), then read further…

Editing the registry

To launch the Registry Editor, click the Start button, type Regedit in the Start Search box, and press ‘Enter’. The UAC dialog box appears (if UAC is still enabled), respond appropriately. When the Registry Editor appears, navigate to the following folder:

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]

When you get there, click on the ‘ContextMenuHandlers’ folder to give it the focus (The focus is crucial!). Then, click the Edit menu, hover over ‘New’ and select ‘Key’.

When the new value appears, type in the following code including the brackets:

{C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}

After you do so, just press ‘Enter’ and the ‘Copy to Folder’ command will be added to the context menu.

Now, repeat the steps to add a new Key. This time when the new value appears, type in the following code including the brackets:

{C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}

After you do so, just press ‘Enter’ and the ‘Move to Folder’ command will be added to the context menu

Using the commands

Using the ‘Copy to Folder’ and ‘Move to Folder’ commands is easy, and they work the same regardless of whether you’re copying/moving files or folders. All you have to do is right-click on the file or files you want to copy or move and then select one of the commands from the context menu.

You can just navigate the tree to select between drives, folders, and even network resources. If after you select your destination, you want to copy the files to a brand-new folder, you can click the ‘Make New Folder’ button and a new folder will appear.

‘The Move to Folder’ command works the same. The only differences are that the dialog box is titled Move Items and the button is titled Move.

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