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Add Copy To and Move To commands to Explorer

Right click a file on the desktop or in an Explorer window and the context menu pops up with items like Cut, Copy, Delete, Rename and so so on. It provides most of the functions you need for managing the files on the disk drive. If you want to copy a file you right click it, select Copy, navigate to the folder you want to copy it to, right click it and select Paste. It's a similar procedure if you want to move a file and you right click it, select Cut, navigate to the folder to move it to, right click and select Paste.

That's a lot of right clicking, menu selection and folder navigation though. Isn't there an easier way? Yes. It is possible to enable a couple of hidden commands that make these file operations much easier. You can add Copy to and Move to commands to the right click menu.

Click Start and enter regedit (Start, Run in XP) to load the registry editor. In the left-hand pane navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \AllFilesystemObjects \shellex \ContextMenuHandlers and then select Edit, New, Key. Name it CopyTo. Select it afterwards and on the right is a value called (Default). Double click it and enter {C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}.

Select ContextMenuHandlers on the left again and click Edit, New, Key. Name it MoveTo. Select it afterwards and on the right is a value called (Default). Double click it and enter {C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}.

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It looks weird, but close the registry editor afterwards and then right click a file in an Explorer window. You'll see Copy to and Move to on the menu. Try copying and moving some files to get to know these two new commands.

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