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Add ‘Copy to’ and ‘Move to’ to Windows 10 Context Menu

Windows 10 context menu comes with some pretty useful functionalities. However, the ‘Copy to’ and ‘Move to’ features, among the most used options in Windows, are yet to make its way. The surprising thing is that there exists a hack to enable the same and is around since the launch of Windows XP. However, Microsft is yet to make it any decision regarding its incorporation as a default OS functionality. But with the help of a Registry Editor hack, you could easily add the ‘Move to’ and ‘Copy to’ features in the context menu of Windows 10.

copy move context window

Dealing with the Registry editor is often a dangerous task. Even the slightest mistake and you might mess up big time. Therefore, it is always recommended to have a backup and a restore point for your PC. Please follow each and every step very carefully. With that said, here are the instructions to add the ‘Move to’ and ‘Copy to’ features in the Windows 10 context menu. Also, have a look at our guide to accessing the WindowsApps folder in Windows 10.

Adding ‘Move to’ in the Context Menu

  1. Launch the start menu and use the Windows+R shortcut to open the Run dialog box. Type regedit and hit OK.
  2. Now copy-paste the below location to the Registry Editor’s address bar.

    new key

  3. Right-click on the ContextMenuHandlers and select New > Key.
  4. Name this key Move to and hit Enter.
  5. Now, open the (Default) file and type in the below command in the Value Data field:

    move context data

Finally, click OK and close the dialog box. ‘Move to‘ has now been added and we will now see how to add the ‘Copy to‘ option in the Context menu. On that note, also check out the steps to create custom shortcuts for various Windows applications.

Adding ‘Copy to’ Option

copy context data

  1. Again open the Registry Editor via the Run dialog box (Win+R).
  2. Navigate to the below address in the Registry Editor. Or you could directly copy-paste it into its address box. Similar to where you have added the ‘Move to’ option, ‘Copy to’ is also to be added in the same location, i.e.:
  3. Again, right-click on the ContextMenuHandlers and select New > Key.
  4. Name this key Copy to and press Enter.
  5. Double-click the (Default) file and enter the below string in the Value Data field:
  6. That’s it. Hit OK and close the dialog box. The said option would have been added to the right-click menu.

So with that, we conclude the guide on how to add the Move to and Copy to options in the Windows 10 context menu. What do you think of this trick? Do share your opinions in the comments section below.

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