Context Menu - Add COPY TO FOLDER and MOVE TO FOLDER

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How to Add COPY TO FOLDER and MOVE TO FOLDER to the Context Menu in Vista
Synopsis
Copy To Folder allows you to right click on a item and copy it to another location immediately.
Move to Folder allows you to right click on a item and move it to another locatation and remove it from it's current location immediately.
How to Add "Copy To Folder" and "Move To Folder" to the Context Menu in Vista

information   Information
Copy To Folder allows you to right click on a item and copy it to another location immediately. Move to Folder allows you to right click on a item and move it to another locatation and remove it from it's current location immediately.
Note   Note
This is also under the EDIT menu in a Explorer window. (See Example screenshot below)

EXAMPLE: Default Edit Menu Location:

NOTE: These are the keyboard shortcuts to use the Menu bar location while having the file or folder selected that you want to Copy or Move to another folder.
  • Copy To Folder - Press and hold Alt then press E and F
  • Move To Folder - Press and hold Alt then press E and V
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EXAMPLE: Copy To Folder and Move To Folder Added to the Context Menu:
NOTE: Right click on a file or folder to see your new additions. You can see what happens when you click on each one beside the context menu screenshot. You can select a different drive to.





METHOD ONE
Using a REG File Download

1. To Add Copy/Move To Folder
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
NOTE: You can add one or both of these.​
Add_CopyMove.reg
download

B) Go to step 3.​

2. To Remove Copy/Move To Folder
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
Remove_CopyMove.reg
download

3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.​
4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.​
5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.​
6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​




METHOD TWO
To Do Manually in Registry Editor

1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.​
4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)​
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers

5. To Add Copy To Folder
A) In the left pane, right click on ContextMenuHandlers and click on New and Key.​
B) Type {C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13} and press Enter.​
NOTE: To Remove Copy To Folder - Right click on this key and click on Delete.

6. To Add Move To Folder
A) In the left pane, right click on ContextMenuHandlers and click on New and Key.​
B) Type {C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13} and press Enter.
NOTE: To Remove Move To Folder - Right click on this key and click on Delete.

7. Close regedit.​
Remove.jpg

That's it,
Shawn


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Oh sweet there they are! I forgot I had pressed ALT before when I was trying to add Copy to Folder and Move to Folder in Brink's examples. So anyways Brink they are not there in the Windows explorer window: computer>maker

Thanks Dinesh! Didn't mean to be rude to ya just got carried away a bit!

Hey Dinesh, Brink does not seem to be on right now do you have any idea why I am not seeing those options in the menu bar of windows explorer?
 
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There now do you see what I mean? Sorry it took so long I had to figure out your way of doing files.

Who ever isn't sitting back laughing their heads off over this if you could explain to me why I have those options in some menus but not others I would really appreciate it!
 
Dragonfly Girl, you do not have the Copy/Move To options in the top screenshot because you do not have a file or folder selected in the main Windows Explorer window like you do in the bottom screenshot. ;)
 
Aha that would explain the whole thing! Thank you Brink sorry for confusing you. Apparently I know what I am talking about but many times no one else does!!:rolleyes:

You were a big help with the menu thingy Dinesh! So glad i found these forums. HP had me wanting to go back to win 98se.
 
Hi, thanks for the info, but this is very clumsy. Looks like win 95! Is there no way of putting nested folders into the "send to" menu and get cascading menus like win 98? You could put in an empty copy of your whole document tree, and find the folder you wanted extremely quickly.
Tony B
 
I loved this little hack to add those folders. Microsoft had to have preprogrammed the function into Windows for this to work. Why didn't they activate them in the release? There must be others too. What is your source for this information?

One thing though; I'm not sure why you chose to add the IDs to the KeyName. I used the actual names under ContextMenuHandlers and added the IDs to the default keys like the image below:

CopyandMovetoFolderReg.jpg

The only difference appears to be that they show up above the "Send To" menu item like the image below:

CopyandMovetoFolder.jpg

Is there a reason I shouldn't do it this way? At least I know what those registry keys are for by looking at them.
 
Hello Andy,

You could use either way that you like best. I just used the GUIDs in the tutorial since that's how they are referenced by default in the registry. :)
 
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