How do you copy or move a file or folder to a specific location in Windows? You have to copy or cut the folder then navigate to the specific location and finally paste. Isn’t a lengthy and time-consuming process ? There is a simple registry tweak to add the ‘Copy To’ and ‘Send To’ options to the right-click context menu in Windows 7, Vista and Windows XP too.
This will let you to move or copy any file or folder in any location without having the target folder opened. This article is all about editing your registry. So keep the backup of your registry to be in a safe side.
Creating ‘Copy to’ and ‘Move to’ Options in Windows
1. Open the registry editor by typing “regedit” in the ‘Run’ command box(Start > Run). Navigate to the following at the registry editor:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > * > shellex > ContextMenuHandlers
2. Right click on the ‘ContextMenuHandlers’ key and add a new key under it.
3. Give the key name as “Copy To” (without quotes).
4. Repeat step 2 and give the new key name as “Move To” (without quotes).
Now, you have two keys called as “Copy To” and “Move To” under ContextMenuHandlers.
5. Click on the ‘Copy To’ Key. You should see an entry called as ‘Default’ at the right pane. Double-click on it and put the following value in the ‘Vale data’ field. Once done, click on the ‘OK’ button.
6. Repeat the same task for the ‘Move To’ Key with the ‘Value data’ as following:
The above work around will trigger the necessary actions as the names ‘Copy To’ and ‘Move To’ suggest. Now, you’ll have to add those options in the right-click context menu.
Add ‘Copy To’ and ‘Move To’ options in the Right-click Context Menu
1. Navigate to the following path in registry editor:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > Directory > shellex > ContextMenuHandlers
2. Create two keys named as ‘Copy To’ and ‘Move To’ under ‘ContextMenuHandlers’ in a similar same way that you previously did. Set the following key values for “Copy to” and “Move To” keys.
You are done! Just close the registry editor and right-click on any folder or file. You should notice that two extra options (‘Copy to’ and ‘Move to’) have been added to the context menu.
You can now copy or move your files or folders in a handy and quick method.
Another short process
If yo do not have enough time to cover the above process or you don’t like to edit the registry, you can still get all of the above facilities by two double clicks. I have made a download version for the ease of your work.
Although the above screenshots have been taken in Windows XP, this guide also works for Windows 7 and Vista as well.