Here is a Windows registry edit
that will add a "Copy To Folder" and "Move To Folder" option to the right click
menu of all your files and folders, without the need for any third party
utilities. Once implemented,
you will be able to right click any file or folder and
use the Browse for Folder dialog to choose the location you want to move
or copy your file or folder to, without having to go to the destination
path. This will give you an alternative to Windows default
Copy/Cut and Paste method which requires you to navigate to the
actual location you want to paste your file or folder
too. This edit should work on all Windows versions 95 and
up, though I only tested it on Windows 98 and XP.
Ok, let's get to
First we will add the copy and move
options to the right click menu of all FILES.
Click Start>Run, type REGEDIT and
click OK to open up the registry editor and make your way to this key:
Right click the ContextMenuHandlers
key and choose New>Key.
Name the new key "Copy To" (without the
Repeat the above and create another new key named Move
You should now have two new subkeys under the ContextMenuHandlers
Select the Copy To key and in the right hand pane, double click "Default"
Enter this clsid value as the value data:
Next, select the Move To key
and in the right hand pane set the default value
This now takes care of the
Copy and Move options for the right click context menu of all your
Now all that is left is to add the same options to the right click
menu of all your folders.
The procedure will be the same as for files but at
a different key:
Right click ContextMenuHandlers and
create a new key named Copy To.
Right click it again and create another new
key named Move To.
In the right hand pane, add the same
default values as you did for Files:
For the Move
Exit the registry and you are
Now when you right click on a file or folder, you should see two new
options: Copy to Folder and Move to Folder.
Note! This was just to show
you a Copy and Move alternative that is possible without using any
utilities. Having said that, if you want an even more convenient method
for copying and moving files, try Windows own SendTo Powertoys for
Windows 95(which also works in Windows 98/2000/Me and XP) This will allow
you to right click any file or folder and choose Send To>Any Folder (copy
or move) with your copy and move paths saved in a drop down list for easy
retreival when you want to copy and move to previously selected locations.
You can download the 95 Power Toys here:
For more information on using them, see my article on them here: