Add “move to folder” and “copy to folder” to contextmenu in Windows 10/11

There are those customizations available in Windows that, in retrospect, make you wonder why Microsoft doesn’t add this by default in the Windows operating system. The customization read in this article is one of those, in my opinion.

The right-click menu in Windows provides several standard actions that can be performed depending on the file type or folder you select. By making an adjustment via the Windows registry, you can add two new actions to this.

These are the “Copy to folder” and “Move to folder” actions. By adding these two actions to the right mouse button menu, you can directly copy or move a file or folder to a folder. Again, this is a relatively simple adjustment that can significantly improve productivity in Windows 10 or 11, provided you use it regularly.

Below you can see the result of the modification, then you can see what you can expect after the addition.

Move to folder and copy to folder in right-click contextmenu

If you click on one of these two new actions, you will see a dialog where you can choose the new folder to copy or move the file or folder to.

Move items in contextmenu

This is how you add the two new actions to the right-click menu in Windows 10 or 11.

How to add “move to folder” and “copy to folder” to context menu in Windows 10 or Windows 11

Learn how to create a restore point or a Windows registry backup.

Open the Windows registry. Right-click on the Start button, in the menu, click on “Run”. In the “Run” box type: regedit.exe.

Go to the key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers

Then right-click on “ContextMenuHandlers”. In the menu, click on New and then on “Key”. Name this new key “Copy to folder”.

Next, right-click on “ContextMenuHandlers” again. In the menu, click New and then “Key”. Name this new key “Move to folder”.

Now click on “Copy to folder” and double click on the already existing REG_SZ value “(default)”.

Now change the value data to “{C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}” without quotes.

Add copy to folder to right click menu

Now click on “Move to folder” and double click on the already existing REG_SZ value “(default)”.

Now change the value data to “{C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}” without quotes.

Add move to folder to right click menu

Once you have added both to the Windows registry, restart the computer. After the restart, right-click on a file or folder.

In Windows 10, you will immediately see that two context menu items have been added. In Windows 11, first click on “show more options” and then see the two added context menu items.

I hope this has helped you. Thanks for reading!

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