Windows 7 Right Click Menu: Add Copy and Move To Folder Commands

The right click Context Menu in Windows saves a lot of time performing various actions. Not everything you may want is included though. Here’s how to add the Copy and Move To Folder commands to the Context menu in Windows 7.

There are several cool commands you can access from the Context menu by right clicking an item. Not everything you might want is available though. With a Registry hack you can add customized commands. Here’s how to add Copy and Move To Folder options to the Context Menu in Windows 7.

Right click an item and you’ll see the various commands you can use like Send To, Open With, Delete and more. Including programs you’ve installed that add a command to the Context Menu like Send to Kindle.

Context Menu

Note: This process requires hacking the Registry. Before making any changes to the Registry – Back it up first.

First, click Start and type: regedit into the search field and hit Enter on the keyboard.
Start Menu

The Registry Editor comes up. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers.

Right click on the ContextMenuHandlers folder and select New >> Key.

Regedit path

A new folder appears. Copy or type in the following:


reg code

Now, right click ContextMenuHandlers again and select New >> Key. This time copy or type the following:


Once you’re done, you will see both of the new keys you entered in. It will look like this.

Move to Folder Key

Close out of the Registry – no reboot required. Right click on an item and you’ll see both Move To Folder and Copy To Folder commands on the Context menu.

New Context Menu Commands

When you click the new Copy or Move to Folder command, a Windows Explorer screen opens. Here I’m moving a PDF document. Navigate to the location where you want to move the item to. Click Move.

move to

The new Copy to Folder command works the same. Right click and select Copy to Folder.

copy to folder

Here I am copying a FLAC file to the My Music directory. Click Copy.

my music

That’s it. Having the Copy and Move to Folder commands on the Context menu saves a lot of time and clicks. You can move or copy items to different directories on your local system, external and network drives too. Groovy!



  1. Stu

    March 23, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Great Tip & totally useful. That’s why I love this site.

  2. Jacko

    March 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I spent hours messaing about with Windows 7 and cusring Bill Gates as i was a great user of the Copy/move to folder command.
    The joy of finding it is marvellous – I do hope Gates reads this!

  3. Morgan Peter

    June 21, 2017 at 4:42 am

    Hi, Great TIP, Is there a way to add a reminder for a file?

  4. Greg Heidt

    September 6, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    This is a great feature except one thing…The stupid clunking folder tree popup. I would like to see copy to favorites where you can setup favorite folders. I have a frustrated old school boss who doesn’t like to use computers and needs it simple. They should get rid of that folder tree as a default.

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