How to Put “Copy to / Move To” on Your Windows 11 Right-click Menu

By | November 8, 2021
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How to Put “Copy to / Move To” on Your Windows 11 Right-click Menu

Note: If you’re using Windows 10, you can add “Copy to/Move to” to your right-click menu by following the instructions on this page.

Unlike Windows 10, Windows 11 doesn’t have any easy way to copy and move files using File Explorer. So, adding “Copy To” and “Move To”, to the Windows 11 right-click menu can be a real timesaver.

Click this link and save it to your computer. Unzip the file and either right-click on one of the two files inside the zip then choose “Merge”- or double-click on one of the two files in the zip. You’ll get a warning that you’re about to enter information into the registry. Allow the registry info to be entered and you’ll have “Move to” or “Copy to” items on your right-click menu (depending on which of the files you clicked). After you’re done with the first file, do the same with the second file.

After you’ve finished, you’ll have “Copy to” and “Move to” on your Windows 11 right-click menu whenever you right-click on a file or folder.

Unlike Windows 10, however, you won’t see “Copy to folder / Move to folder” on the main right-click menu. In Windows 11, there is one additional step. When you right-click a file, you’ll see the main context menu appear. Then you’ll need to click “Show more options”…

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In the “Show more options” dialog, you’ll see “Copy to folder” and “Move to folder” in the “More options” menu.

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Another tip! If you want you can copy or move multiple files by holding down the CTRL key while you select each file you want to move, when all files you want to move or copy to another location are highlighted, right-click one of the selected files and choose “Show more options” then “Copy to folder” or “Move to folder”.

24 thoughts on “How to Put “Copy to / Move To” on Your Windows 11 Right-click Menu

  1. Virginia Borders

    Just exactly the right time for this tip! I just downloaded Windows 11 and needed to copy a file. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU ! ! !

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    1. infoave Post author

      I don’t know…apparently your browser is blocking it as a dangerous file. It is a reg file, which could be dangerous if it were maliciously constructed, but ours is not.

      You can try right-clicking on the link and choosing “Save link as” (or similar – depending on our browser).

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      1. Donna Johnson

        It says copy to_moveto.zip can’t be downloaded securely disccard

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        1. infoave Post author

          REG files can be dangerous. A browser is not intelligent – it does not know Cloudeight from anyone else. Most browsers give you an option to save the files anyway. If your browser does not allow you to override its block, then use a different browser. You can install as many browsers as you want. You should at least have 2. If you trust us find a browser that will let you override a block.

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    1. infoave Post author

      The download will be blocked in Chrome and Edge, but you have the option to override it if you choose. Firefox does not block the download. If you don’t know how to override a blocked download in Chrome and Edge, let me know and I’ll do a tutorial for you and others who are not aware they can override a blocked download using Chrome or Edge.

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  2. Fred Cresci

    I was able to download the file just as instructed. It went through the registry process as well. Nothing has changed though. Do I have to reboot or something?

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    1. infoave Post author

      I’ve never heard of it not working – it’s been around since Windows 7 and it works on all my Windows 11 and Windows 10 computers and many people have written and thanked us for it. A restart is usually required for registry changes to take effect.

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  3. Lynn

    I want to move “copy” as in copy highlighted text, not “copy to”. Is that possible?

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    1. infoave Post author

      You can’t move “Copy” on the right-click menu. You can add “Copy to” and/or “Move to” to your right-click menu though. See this page. This works in Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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  4. BARBARA

    That looks like it works for 1 file, I want to select a number of photo files and move them to another folder.

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    1. infoave Post author

      It works for any number of files you select. Selecting multiple files requires holding down the shift key while clicking the files you want so select. The files selected will be highlighted. An even easier way is to enable item check boxes in File Explorer. In Windows 10, open File Explorer and click on View > and tick the box next to Item check boxes. In Windows 11, open File Explorer click on “View” > “Show” > “Item check boxes”. Once you do that you can select multiple files buy ticking the checkboxes next to the files you want to select. This is independent of Copy to/Move to. It works with all File Explorer options.

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  5. Geoff Boothman

    Worked perfectly for me, just clicked open on the downloaded files then just answered Yes to the appropriate questions and bingo the options were available when I right clicked on the files I wanted to move. Brilliant

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  6. Nigel Trask

    THANK-YOU ……. you saved me from losing my hair !!! 🙂

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  7. Robie Prater

    I downloaded and followed your instructions and it was installed flawlessly. I was disappointed that Windows 11 had left this feature off as I use it a lot. Thanks for the tip.

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