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How to use the Context Menu to copy/move files to a folder on Windows 10

The right-click context menu for files on Windows 10 has a ‘Send to’ option. The sub-menu lets you send the file to a device connected via Bluetooth, to your email client, to your fax machine, and to create a shortcut on your desktop. If you need to copy or move files, you can drag & drop them on to other folders that you have open. Drag & drop makes it pretty easy but if there’s a certain folder that you often have to copy/move files to, then doing it from the context menu is far easier then dragging & dropping. Here’s how you can use the context menu to copy/move files to a folder of your choice.

Context Menu to copy/move files

The first thing you need to do is determine which folder you want to move or copy files to from the context menu. Once you’ve determined that, find the folder, right-click it, and from the context menu select Send to>Desktop (create shortcut). This will create a shortcut to the folder on your desktop.

Visit your desktop and rename the shortcut if you need to. Remove the Shortcut from the name if you like, or give it a different name altogether.

Next, open File Explorer, paste the following in the location bar and tap Enter.

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In the folder that opens, paste the shortcut to your folder that you created on your desktop. Feel free to move it instead of copying it. It doesn’t need to be present on the desktop for this to work.

To copy a file to your folder from the context menu, right-click it and select Send to. The sub-menu for the Send To option will list the folder shortcut that you placed before. Select it and a copy of the file will be created in that folder.

To move the file, i.e., remove it from its current location and place it inside your pre-selected folder, right-click the file and select Send To from the context menu. Hover your cursor over the folder option, hold down the Shift key, and then click the folder option.

You can do this for as many folders as you like. Remember to give the folder shortcuts a good name and be mindful that you do not clutter the Send to sub-menu. If at any time you want to remove the folder location from the Send To sub-menu, open File Explorer, and type the following in the location bar.

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Delete the folder shortcut and it will be removed from the Send To sub-menu.

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