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Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder Options

Copying and moving files in Windows Explorer requires you to open up multiple copies of Explorer and drag between them. There's a simpler way: Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder options to the right-click context menu.

You'll then be able to browse anyplace on your hard disk to copy or move the file to, then send the file there. To do it:

1. Open the Registry Editor by typing regedit at a command prompt or the Run box.

2. Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\ shellex\ContextMenuHandlers.

3. Choose Edit --> New --> Key to create a new key. Call it Copy To and set the value to {C2FBB630-2971-11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}.

4. Create another new key called Move To. Set the value to {C2FBB631-2971-11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}.

5. Exit the Registry.

The changes should take effect immediately. Now when you right-click a file, the Copy To Folder and Move To Folder options will appear.

Open the Command Prompt from the Right-Click Menu

Are you a command prompt junkie? If so, you know that sometimes the command prompt is a great tool for tasks like the mass deleting or renaming of files (see "DOS Lives! Secrets of the Windows command prompt" for more ideas).

Wouldn't it be nice to integrate the command prompt with Windows Explorer -- for example, to open a prompt at the current folder you're visiting in Windows Explorer? It's easy to do:

1. Open Windows Explorer.

2. Select Tools --> Folder Options and click the File Types tab.

3. Highlight (NONE) Folder and click the Advanced button.

4. Click New.

5. In the Action text box, type: Command Prompt.

6. In the "Application used to perform action" text block, type cmd.exe.

7. Click OK, and OK again, and then Close.

8. Exit Windows Explorer.

The new menu option will show up immediately. Note that it won't appear when you right-click a file; it shows up only when you right-click a folder.

Note: If you want to remove this option from Windows Explorer, you'll have to remove it via the Registry. Open the Registry Editor, then delete the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\shell\ Command Prompt key. After you exit the Registry, the option will no longer be available.

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