Add Copy To and Move To to Windows Explorer with this registry hack

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Add a handy tool to Windows XP File Explorer. A great tip from Tech Republic., but I can’t recall the link.

Warning: The following section involves editing your system registry. Using the Windows Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems requiring the re-installation of your operating system and may lead to the loss of data. Use the Registry Editor and the following directions at your own risk.

In Microsoft Windows XP, the right-click context menu in Windows Explorer contains an entry for the Send To command but not for Copy To or Move To.

Explorer context menu before adding Move to.

Explorer context menu before adding Move to.

Adding Copy To and Move To functionality to the Windows Explorer right-click menu starts with finding the key in the Windows Registry file. (Be sure to back up the Registry file before you begin.)

1. Start Regedit by navigating Start | Run and typing regedit in the dialog box.

2. Navigate to this key in the Registry file:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTAllFilesystemObjectsshellexContextMenuHandlers

Note: The Send To key is already there.

3. Right-click on the ContextMenuHandlersfolder and select New | Key to add a new key.

4. Give it the name Copy To and then double-click the (Default) value of the new key’s right-hand pane.

5. Type in this code as the new data:

{C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}

6. Right-click on the ContextMenuHandlersfolder and select New | Key to add a new key.

7. Give it the name Move To and then double-click the (Default) value of the new key’s right-hand pane.

8. Type in this code as the new data:

{C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}

9. Click OK and close Regedit.

Copy To and Move To should now be available options on the right-click context menu in Windows Explorer.

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(from https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-do-i-add-copy-to-and-move-to-to-windows-explorer-with-a-registry-hack/, viewed June-2011)

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