Wednesday, 3 July 2013

How to upgrade context menu with the option ‘Copy to folder’

Generally, you duplicate a file by copying it to the clipboard and subsequently pasting it into the target folder. You can simplify this process by upgrading the context menu and adding the command ‘Copy to folder’. A small change in the registry makes this possible. Click on ‘Start’ and begin typing ‘regedit’.
The result shows in the Start menu. Right-click on the entry ‘regedit.exe’ and then click ‘Run as administrator’. You might then have to select an account with administrator rights and type a password. Navigate the tree structure on the left area to get to the key ‘HKEY_ CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ Context MenuHandlers’. Create a new sub-key named ‘Copy To’ using ‘Edit | New | Key’. Select it and double-click on the value ‘(Default)’ in the right window
area. Enter the GUID ‘{C2FBB630-2971- 11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}’ as the ‘Value’ in the dialogue ‘Edit string’. After that, move to the key ‘HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ AllFilesystem Objects\ shellex\ ContextMenuHandlers’ and here also create a new sub-key called ‘Copy To’. Set the ‘(Default)’ value using the above given GUID again.
Once you close the Registry editor from ‘File | Exit’, the context menus of files and folders will be extended with the command ‘Copy to folder’. If in the future, when you select one or more files
and choose the command ‘Copy to folder’ from the context menu, a simple dialogue appears, in which you select the target folder. The files are of course copied to this folder with just a few clicks.
NOTE: If you create a key called ‘Move To’ in ‘HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ Directory\shellex\ ContextMenuHandlers’ and in ‘HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\
ContextMenuHandlers’ and then save the ‘(Default)’ value using ‘{C2FBB631-2971- 11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}’, you add the command ‘Move to folder’ in the context menu for files and folders.

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