It’s Time to Put “Copy to / Move to” Back on the Windows 10 Right-click Menu [Again]
I was reminded to re-write and republish this tip when I went to move some files from my Downloads folder to a folder on my Desktop. I updated to Windows 10 Version 1803 on this computer a few weeks ago, but haven’t needed to do much file copying/moving. When I went to move & copy some files from one folder to another, I noticed that “Copy to” and “Move to” had vanished from my Windows 10 right-click context menu. Ah-ha! I realized right away that the recent Windows 10 Version update wiped my little tweak away. It’s time to put Copy to & Move to, back on my Windows 10 right-click menu!
As most of us Windows 10 users know by now, there are two major Windows 10 updates every year. And sometimes the cool little tweaks we add to our computers to make them work better and/or faster, often vanish after a major Windows 10 update.
By now, most of you have, or will soon be getting the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (Windows 10 Version 1803). If you’re like us, and you loved having “Copy to” and “Move to” on your Windows right-click menu, the Windows 10 April 2018 Update will remove it.
So, twice each year will republish this tip (after every Windows 10 version update) so you’ll have the option to right-click any file or folder and have “Copy to” and “Move to” on your Windows 10 right-click context menu. After you’ve done this, you’ll be able to copy (or move) a file or folder from, let’s say, your C:\ drive to a flash drive or external hard drive, or another location on your main hard drive (usually C:\).
Before we tell you how to put it back, we’re going to tell you why it’s gone. The brains at Microsoft removed “Copy to” “Move to” from the Windows right-click menu with the introduction of Windows Vista. Wouldn’t it just have been easier for the Windows brain trust to have left “Copy to” “Move to” on the right-click menu in Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10? Indeed it would have been a piece of cake, but for some reason, what makes sense does not play a large role in Microsoft’s decision-making. So…
Let’s put Copy to / Move To back on your Windows right-click menu
Click on 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 2 files in the zip. You’ll get a warning that you’re about to enter information into the registry. You can either trust us and 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 file you chose). 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” displayed on your right-click menu whenever you right-click on a file or folder. You’ll find it is a lot easier copying and moving files with this nifty right-click enhancement.
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 “Copy to” or “Move to” from the right-click menu.
And if you want another way to copy and/or move files using Windows 10 File Explorer, see this Cloudeight article.