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Video: Add Copy To and Move To commands to Explorer context menu in Windows 7

Bill Detwiler shows you how to put the Copy To Folder and Move To Folder commands on the Windows 7 right-click menu with a quick registry edit.

By default, the Copy To Folder and Move To Folder commands aren't available on the Explorer context menu in Windows 7. During this episode of TR Dojo, I show you how to get these commands back using a quick and easy registry edit.

Here's the code you'll need to add to the registry folder HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers:

  • Copy To Folder: {C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}
  • Move To Folder: {C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}

If you prefer not to manually edit the Windows registry, you can download and use the CopyTo and MoveTo registry (.reg) files created by Greg Shultz. Once you download the MoveCopy.zip file, which contains two files:

  • MoveTo.txt
  • CopyTo.txt

Simply extract both files to a folder of your choice. Then, rename the extensions from txt to reg (i.e. CopyTo.txt to CopyTo.reg)

Now, right-click on the file and select Open With | Registry Editor. You'll encounter a UAC dialog box and will click Yes. When you do, you'll see a confirmation dialog box and will need to click Yes. You'll then see another confirmation dialog box and will need to click OK.

For those who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or read Shultz's article, "Add the Copy To and Move To folder commands to the Windows Explorer context menu," on which this video is based.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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