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Windows 7: Adding files to containing Folder

23 Oct 2011   #1
johntkucz

windows 7 pro
 
 
Adding files to containing Folder

This is a small nuance but when it pops up a dozen or some times, it's almost unbearable.

In almost every other operating system I've used there's a simple and easy way to add a file to a containing folder

in other wordsl

/folder1/folder2/filea

I want to add file to /folder1/

In windows the only way I know of doing this is start_key+e and navigate to the containing folder. Or "open in new window".

I consider it quite pathetic if there's no way WITHIN ONE WINDOW (not opening additionally windows) of addign a file/folder to a containing (../../) folder and woudl appreciate if someone would share how to do that.

Thanks.


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24 Oct 2011   #2
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

There's no need to open additional Explorer windows to copy or move files. Simply go to Edit menu, select Copy to folder or Move to folder, choose folder where you want to copy or move your files and click OK.

If your Explorer is not showing the menus, go to Control Panel > Folder Options and select Always show menus.

-copy_to_folder_1.png

You can also simply drag files to the left pane of the Explorer and drop it to wharever folder you want to.

Kari


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24 Oct 2011   #3
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

What exactly do you mean by "adding files"? Do you want tot create a new file or copy (or move) and existing file? If you want to copy (or move) then Kari has described how you can do it. Personally I simply drag and drop. It's true though that sometimes it's easier to drag and drop between two explorer windows rather than from the left pane to the right. On the other hand if the destination folder is full of subfolders, then it's easier to drag and drop to the left pane (by that we mean the "navigation pane" of windows explorer).

If, on the other hand, you want to create a new file, then you do it in whatever program you're using and then you can simply use the "save as" menu option that allows you to choose destination folder and file name.

Finally, if you want to do all of this within the Command Prompt (or DOS box), then you can do that as well by using explicit paths in file names. May be cumbersome if you have lots of folders though.

If that does not help, then please let us know what exactly do you want to achieve.
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14 Jan 2012   #4
johntkucz

windows 7 pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
There's no need to open additional Explorer windows to copy or move files. Simply go to Edit menu, select Copy to folder or Move to folder, choose folder where you want to copy or move your files and click OK.

If your Explorer is not showing the menus, go to Control Panel > Folder Options and select Always show menus.

Attachment 180585

You can also simply drag files to the left pane of the Explorer and drop it to wharever folder you want to.

Kari
Hey kari. brilliant that copy folder move folder command will make organizing my work and files easier. I'm an angry young man and your response was helpful!! Nice changing avatar too!
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14 Jan 2012   #5
johntkucz

windows 7 pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johntkucz View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
There's no need to open additional Explorer windows to copy or move files. Simply go to Edit menu, select Copy to folder or Move to folder, choose folder where you want to copy or move your files and click OK.

If your Explorer is not showing the menus, go to Control Panel > Folder Options and select Always show menus.

Attachment 180585

You can also simply drag files to the left pane of the Explorer and drop it to wharever folder you want to.

Kari
Hey kari. brilliant that copy folder move folder command will make organizing my work and files easier. I'm an angry young man and your response was helpful!! Nice changing avatar too!

hhmm okay, scratch that. it wasn't very helpful..

I'm in

directory/a/b/c/d

in director d. There's folder MYFOLDER I want to move MYFOLDER to directory/a/b/ (for example). It's not listed on the right hand pane and I shouldn't have to burrow from root when I'm already in the current folder (nested). I'm looking at the target folder in the top window navigation. Why can't I just drag and drop it in directory b in the top navigation window (Microsoft idiotically should have made that possible). Still and angry young man.
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14 Jan 2012   #6
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

i'm not quite sure what you mean, but this may help: in explorer, press alt key to bring up file menu >> tools >> folder options >> navigation pane >> auto expand to containing folder.

you should now be able to see all parent folders on the left-hand side, and can drag and drop away to your heart's content.

or maybe i've completely misunderstood what you're wanting to do. (i've had a long day...don't get even angrier at me )
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14 Jan 2012   #7
johntkucz

windows 7 pro
 
 

oh wait a tick. I can just right click, Cut the folder, click on the upper level directory and paste it! solved! Thanks to myself and a little hint from kari.

Also I described the problem with exceptional clarity. It's perfectly astounding you didn't understand what I was trying to do.


directory_a/directory_b

in directory_b there is a folder or file FOLDERORFILE

I want to move FOLDERORFILE into directory_a (../) that's all I wanted to do.

Quote:
What exactly do you mean by "adding files"?
It's not a philosophy class. It's irritating and idiotic that you couldn't figure out the simple outcome.


In any event thanks for hints that reminded me of the Cut/Paste folder (something that's different from other operating systems) method.
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14 Jan 2012   #8
johntkucz

windows 7 pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
i'm not quite sure what you mean, but this may help: in explorer, press alt key to bring up file menu >> tools >> folder options >> navigation pane >> auto expand to containing folder.

you should now be able to see all parent folders on the left-hand side, and can drag and drop away to your heart's content.

or maybe i've completely misunderstood what you're wanting to do. (i've had a long day...don't get even angrier at me )
I've had a long day, too, which was the source of my initial you-directed anger. Don't tell me whom not to get angry at!!! grr... but that said, you were trying to understand and offer help. So thanks. It just pissed me off and am too exhausted/vexed to discern what help you were trying to do etc.

The main thing is

Cut/Paste solves this thread and

Code:
Quote:
"Finally, if you want to do all of this within the Command Prompt (or DOS box), then you can do that as well by using explicit paths in file names. May be cumbersome if you have lots of folders though."
is on to something because actually, when using DOSBox many months ago I preferred that! I like cli more than gui often.

That's a whole different can of worms. CLI does seem more peaceful though.

I think you reminded me of that and I didn't want to get entangled in "what did you mean? what was your perspective interpretation outlook of the question" and all this stuff because, understandably. Moving a folder or file into the upper level directory is a freakishly simple and common task and the fact that I was getting a "what do you mean by that" shattered any sense of equanimity and I found preposterously vexing. OKAY it wasn't that bad. HAHA. I know you were trying to help, our communication methods were slightly incompatible. If it makes you feel better; occasionally thigns that peopel say that irritate me are either a)idiotic and warrant anger or b)opening up something I hadn't thought of (which is overwhelming, but eventually very illuminating). This is way to complex and deep for a simple "move folder/file to '..' " question thread but if it was "b" that's okay.

whatever. I can't focus on this thread any more. Thanks.

I just didn't want some philosophical inquiry to a question seemingly so simple.

I may delve into more CLI cmd or DOSBox and other OSes that seems refreshing at times.
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14 Jan 2012   #9
johntkucz

windows 7 pro
 
 

hey unifex. I can't be all concerned about someone getting uspet about somethign I said because of being already too peeved and exhausted myself. I recognize you were trying to be helpful. the way you made a simple question seem philsophical, disturbed me and was frustrating.

however the responses helped find a solution. so..good. thanks.

also you offered these responses for free (some are helpful; some aren't) meh. w/e. Thanks.
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14 Jan 2012   #10
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Keyboard + Mouse Combos

What Windows Explorer view are you using?

Click on picture for animation.
-windows-explorer.gif

Keyboard + Mouse (2 Buttons + Wheel) Combos

Copy Object
Ctrl + drag (left mouse button)
Move Object
Shift + drag (left mouse button)
Create Link/Shortcut to Object
Alt + drag (left mouse button)
Zoom (in & out)
Ctrl + Scroll Wheel
Scroll (left & right)
Alt + Scroll Wheel
OR
Shift + Scroll Wheel
This action depends on the program you are using (e.g. IIRC, Photoshop uses Alt and GIMP uses Shift).
Auto-Scroll (up & down, left & right)
Scroll Wheel Button
Some programs allow auto-scrolling (e.g. Word, IE, Firefox).
This places a marker on the page.
The distance and location that you move the mouse pointer (relative to the marker) controls the speed and scroll direction.
You can also use drag (right mouse button), which will give you a menu of options (when you release it) including "Cancel".


This only applies to Windows (in Linux, the GUI uses the mouse differently).


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