The Windows Explorer is one of the cornerstones of every Windows operating system as it allows you to take action (copy, paste, cut etc’) on files and folders. A few month ago, I installed a new PC and found myself transferring a trillion of files to the new PC using the Windows Explorer. The thing that annoyed me the most is that i couldn’t make file moves between folders in one step : first i had to copy or cut the file/s from the source folder and then paste it/them in the destination folder).

Luckily, i found a nice trick that helped me to save plenty of time by allowing me to add a Move to Folder and Copy to Folder items to my Windows Explorer right click menu. After implementing it, i was able to easily copy and move files between different folders in one shot. The trick was tested in both Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Important! The trick’s implementation requires that you edit your Windows registry using the registry editor. This is an advanced task that if executed incorrectly incorrectly might cause serious problems that might require you to reinstall your operating system. Use the registry editor at your own risk.

  • Before starting, backup your operating system registry file. Use instructions provided in section 2 here.
  • Click Start.
  • Vista users: in the Start Search type Regedit to open your Registry Editor.
  • XP users: Click Run, then type Regedit to open your Registry Editor.
  • Browse to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers.
  • Right Click and select New and then Key. Name the key Copy To.
  • From the right hand side right click on the subkey named Default and select Modify.
  • In the Value data field enter the following string: {C2FBB630-2971-11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}
  • Browse to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers
  • Right Click and select New and then Key. Name the key Move To.
  • From the right hand side right click on the subkey named Default and select Modify.
  • In the Value data field enter the following string: {C2FBB631-2971-11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}
  • Click OK
  • Close the Registry Editor

7 Comments

  1. Vir2k says:

    How do i know that string for other things … like Deleting without sending in trash , to open internet explorer or other things … i just want to know how to get strings from actions that i want to put in the right click! thanks alot !!!

  2. Michael says:

    How do you rearrange the order of items in the Right Click box – I want to move one item to the top of the box? Thanks

  3. BurrWalnut says:

    When the Copy To and Move To keys are created, they make Briefcase go haywire, i.e. when clicking on Briefcase, instead of ‘Updating Items’ you are offered ‘Move Items’

  4. BurrWalnut says:

    In my previous post, I should have said that the Briefcase misbehaves in XP, it is perfectly alright in Vista and Windows 7 Beta.

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