Although Windows is designed to be a simple operating system and to have all its functions clear, it also has a large number of hidden functions. These functions are usually the result of experiments that never ended in the final version of the system. And generally, they allow more advanced users to work better with the operating system and save time by performing certain actions that would otherwise be slower. Like, for example, copying and moving files.
When we right-click on a file or folder, two of the options we usually see are copy and cut. Copying allows us to create a copy of the file in another directory, while Cut allows us to move the file or folder from one directory to another.
However, if we use these functions very often, we may want to enable these two hidden Windows 10 functions that will save us time. The “Copy to” and “Move to” options which, by default, are not available.
How Windows ‘Copy To’ and ‘Move To’ Options Work
These two options appear in the Windows context menu, when we click on any file or folder on the PC. And they allow us to copy the file or move it directly to a system folder.
When we choose either of the two options, the typical Windows explorer appears from which we must select where we want to copy or move the file. We can navigate through the hard drives and other directories, in addition to creating new folders.
By clicking on the “Copy” or “Move” button, the corresponding task will be carried out.
Enable these hidden Windows 10 options
By default, these options are not activated in any edition of Windows. Not even in the professional versions. So if we want to be able to use them we will have to activate them manually from the Windows registry.
To do this, we will open the registry from Cortana by executing “regedit”, and we will move to the following directory:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ AllFilesystemObjects \ shellex \ ContextMenuHandlers
Here, we will click with the right button on «ContextMenuHandlers», and we will choose the option «New> Key».
We will change the name to the new key that has been created by « Move to «, without the quotes. We will select this registry key and, by double clicking on the «Default» value, we will give it the following value:
With this we already have the entry ” Move to folder ” in the Windows context menu. You don’t even need to restart your PC. Changes are applied instantly.
Now, the process for enabling the “Copy to Folder” entry is similar. We will create again a new key inside «ContextMenuHandlers» and we will give it the name of « Copy to «, without quotes again.
We will enter this key, we will double click on the «Default» entry, and we will give it the following value:
We accept the changes and that’s it. Without the need to restart, the changes will already be reflected in our Windows 10 context menu.
How to remove these options
In case we later regret it and do not want these two new options to spoil the appearance of the contextual menu of our Windows, we can hide them again.
All we have to do is go back to the Windows registry editor, navigate to the path HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ AllFilesystemObjects \ shellex \ ContextMenuHandlers and delete the “Move to” and Copy to “keys that we created in the previous steps.
By doing so, these two options will disappear directly from the context menu.