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

Moving or copying folders or files to a folder may be something you do daily. One way to simplify and speed up this common task is by adding commands to the context menu that allow you to move and copy folders or files.

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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.

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