Add Move To or Copy To to Explorer Right Click Context Menu in Windows

The Windows operating system is full with hidden shortcuts & simple tricks. Most users are still not aware of what all Windows can offer them. While movinf or copying filrs from one location to another we usually use the Copy or Cut command from the Context Menu and Paste the contents in the destination folder.

This tutorial will tell you how to add Sent To or Move To to your Windows File Explorer right click context menu.

Add Move To to Right Click Context Menu

To do so, type Run regedit to open the Registry Editor. Navigate to the following key:



Right Click on it > New Key > Name > Move To > Enter following value:


registry value added

This will add Move To to the context menu.

Add Copy To to Right Click Context Menu

To add Copy To, name the key Copy To instead, and give it value


This is how your Right Click Context Menu will now look.

This is how your registry will then look.

rgistry value look

There is an alternative easy way though!

Simply use our Ultimate Windows Tweaker 3.0 for Windows 8 or   Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2.2 for Windows 7 or Windows Vista. In UWT 3.0, you will find the setting under Customization > File Explorer tab.

Add Move To Copy To Context Menu

Simply check the options, click Apply and you are all set!

Go here if you want to learn how to add Move To PARTICULAR folder or Copy to PARTICULAR folder directly, to the Context Menu in Windows.

Post ported from WinVistaClub

UPDATE: Interesting read at MSDN:

The “Copy to Folder” and “Move to Folder” options weren’t designed to be on the context menu. They were only meant to be placed in Explorer’s toolbar. Right-click a blank space on your toolbar, select Customize, and pick “Move To” or “Copy To” from the list of available buttons. If you add them to the context menu, you may notice that the “Copy To” and “Move To” dialogs start showing up when you really aren’t expecting them, for example, whenever you double-click an attachment in Outlook.

Thanks Anonymous!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Darren Walsh

    ah rats, i did it the hard way and then seen the easy way at the bottom lol, thanks for the tip !!

  2. Toph

    Nice trick but the folder selection dialog is not as handy as I thought. If there was an option to show favorite folders (just like the side-bar in the File Explorer), it would be awesome.

  3. Guest

    agreed. it reminds me of windows 95 dialogs!!! useless
    is there any way to add something like this for a specific folder?

  4. Guest

    I suggest you use another AV, Anand!!! Nod32 was awesome before but now it’s not as glorious as before.

  5. Toph

    I suggest using “Send To” command instead.

    Go to the following folder and add a shortcut to the folder you want (hold Alt while dragging the folder)

    Now you can simply right-click any number of files and choose the folder you’ve added from the SentTo context menu.

  6. This in an old post of mine from Updated and moved it here along with the screenshots. I am currently usinganother Internet Suite now. 🙂

  7. Yes, Toph. Thanks for mentioning Send To. That too has been covered here: 🙂

  8. That’s truly an interesting post! Thanks for posting the link. Will update my post towards the end.

  9. LOL, sorry about that! 😀


    Cool! I use “hard way”, but it seems to be easy! Thank you man.

  11. iamwarpath

    Any way to make it more like Outlook? Where it remember the last few folders you have copied/moved files to?

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