Registry Hack – Add Copy to Explorer Menu

Introduction to: Add Copy To on the Context MenuAdding Copy To - Context menu Explorer

The scenario.  You wish to copy a file from one location to another.  What this registry hack will do is add ‘Copy To’ on the Windows Explorer short cut menu.  Once you right-click a file, select ‘Copy to Folder’, a dialog box opens for you to select the file destination.

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While this registry hack looks flash it can give problems, Kevin M. kindly sent in this snippet of information.

When I select two or more files in Windows Explorer to open in Notepad or any other program, for every selected file – before opening it in the proper application – I first get a dialog asking me where to move the item.  Cancelling this dialog brings up the next asking where to copy the file. Cancelling this dialog leads to opening of the file and bringing up the next files "move-dialog"! Pretty irritating!

Getting Started

The best executable to hack the registry is Regedit.exe.  Go to the START (Button), RUN, REGEDIT (Type), OK (Button).  The Windows 2003 version remembers the last place you visited which is useful if you use Regedit often.

If you are still not sure how to start Regedit,click here.

Instructions to Add Copy To to the Explorer Context Menu

1) Launch Regedit

2) Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\

3) Create a new Key.  Name the new Key: Copy To

4) Double click the default REG_SZ and set the value to {C2FBB630-2971-11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}

5) Close regedit, no need to reboot or even logoff, just launch Windows Explorer, right-click a file and enjoy the new ‘Copy To’ feature.

6) Addendum: You can create another registry entry, which Moves instead of Copies.  Change C2FBB630 to C2FBB631 and repeat the above. 

Incidentally I tried to call the registry key: ‘Guy Move’.  Windows ignored this and calls it ‘Move To Folder’.  Therefore, I deduce that the display name is the code: {C2FBB631-2971-11d1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}  (You always learn more when you make mistake.)

Copy To Registry Hack for ContextMenuHandlers

Here is zipped, .reg file to make the change automatically.

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