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Windows 7: how to move files

02 Apr 2012   #1
doyal

windows 7 32
 
 
how to move files

Copying and pasting files is easy. But how do I move files so they no longer appear in original location. The time has come for me to make some room on my hard drive and the way to do it is move all the pictures to another drive. What is the command to do this? Isn't drag and drop copying and not moving? I suppose I could copy then come back and delete. But moving would be better I think. Less chance for a mistake
Thanks.


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02 Apr 2012   #2
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

try cut then paste. cutting removes the file and pastes it in the new location ,so no need to return to delete original.
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02 Apr 2012   #3
doyal

windows 7 32
 
 

Brilliant! Maybe that is the best way. There used to be a command to do this. In XP and earlier I think.
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02 Apr 2012   #4
rraod

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

You can also use drag and drop but with mouse's right click button. Once you drop the file on a new location with right click button, a context menu will appear, showing you options to either "copy here", "move here" or "shortcut here". From this menu you can copy, move or create shortcuts here.
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02 Apr 2012   #5
Bumpkin

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Brink has a tutorial on how to add "Move To" / "Copy To" in your right click menu in Windows 7.

Look at it Context Menu - Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder

I used the .reg file download and it works great.
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02 Apr 2012   #6
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Or you could use the dreaded command line

C:\Utils>move /?
Moves files and renames files and directories.

To move one or more files:
MOVE [/Y | /-Y] [drive:][path]filename1[,...] destination

To rename a directory:
MOVE [/Y | /-Y] [drive:][path]dirname1 dirname2

[drive:][path]filename1 Specifies the location and name of the file
or files you want to move.
destination Specifies the new location of the file. Destination
can consist of a drive letter and colon, a
directory name, or a combination. If you are moving
only one file, you can also include a filename if
you want to rename the file when you move it.
[drive:][path]dirname1 Specifies the directory you want to rename.
dirname2 Specifies the new name of the directory.

/Y Suppresses prompting to confirm you want to
overwrite an existing destination file.
/-Y Causes prompting to confirm you want to overwrite
an existing destination file.

The switch /Y may be present in the COPYCMD environment variable.
This may be overridden with /-Y on the command line. Default is
to prompt on overwrites unless MOVE command is being executed from
within a batch script.

I believe RoboCopy has a switch to move files matching pattern for the current and all sub folders. Type RoboCopy /? in a command prompt for help screen
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02 Apr 2012   #7
Bumpkin

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

MilesAhead- Wow! That's more than I ever wanted to remember.

I've been trying to forget all that stuff since I stopped using Dos 5!
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02 Apr 2012   #8
nala

Windows 7 home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Why not simply use Windows Explorer?
Click the folder in the left pane that which contains the files you wish to move. This produces a list of all files in that folder to appear in the right pane. Highlight the particular files you wish to move and drag-and-drop them to your target folder back in the left pane.
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02 Apr 2012   #9
Duzzy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nala View Post
Why not simply use Windows Explorer?
Click the folder in the left pane that which contains the files you wish to move. This produces a list of all files in that folder to appear in the right pane. Highlight the particular files you wish to move and drag-and-drop them to your target folder back in the left pane.
Drag-and-drop only moves files/folders if they are on the same drive/partition otherwise it copies them.
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02 Apr 2012   #10
strollin

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Duzzy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nala View Post
Why not simply use Windows Explorer?
Click the folder in the left pane that which contains the files you wish to move. This produces a list of all files in that folder to appear in the right pane. Highlight the particular files you wish to move and drag-and-drop them to your target folder back in the left pane.
Drag-and-drop only moves files/folders if they are on the same drive/partition otherwise it copies them.
Unless you click and drag with the right mouse button as described by rraod above.

A move is really a copy followed by a delete so you can highlight the files you want to move, click and drag to copy, then, after your sure they were copied correctly, delete them.
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