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Copying and Moving Files and Folders

Sometimes you will need to move a file from one folder to another, or copy a file from one folder to another, leaving the file in the first location and placing a copy of it in the second. You can move or copy a file or folder using a variety of methods. If the file or folder and the location where you want to move it are visible in a window or on the desktop, you can simply drag the item from one location to the other. Moving a file or folder on the same disk relocates it whereas dragging it from one disk to another copies it so that it appears in both locations. When the destination folder or drive is not visible, you can use the Move to or Copy to commands or the Cut (to move), Copy, and Paste commands on the Home tab to move or copy the items.

Copy or Move a File or Folder

  • yellow-1.jpg In the desktop, click or tap the File Explorer button on the taskbar.
  • yellow-2.jpg Open the drive or folder containing the file or folder you want to copy.
  • yellow-3.jpg Select the files or folders you want to copy or move.
  • yellow-4.jpg Click or tap the Copy or Cut (to move) button on the Home tab.
  • yellow-5.jpg Display the destination folder where you want to copy or move the files or folder.
  • yellow-6.jpg Click or tap the Paste button on the Home tab.

Copy or Move a File or Folder Using Drag and Drop

  • yellow-1.jpg In the desktop, click or tap the File Explorer button on the taskbar.
  • yellow-2.jpg Open the drive or folder containing the file or folder you want to copy or move.
  • yellow-3.jpg Select the files or folders you want to copy or move.
  • yellow-4.jpg In the Navigation pane, point to a folder list to display the expand and collapse arrows.
  • yellow-5.jpg Click or tap the arrows to display the destination folder.
  • yellow-6.jpg Right-click or tap-hold the selected files or folders, drag to the destination folder, and then click or tap Copy Here or Move Here.
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