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How to Copy a List of Files in a Windows 10 Folder

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To Copy a list of files in a Windows folder is not a technical or complex thing to do. In this regard, you have to make little changes in Windows Registry.

When you have a folder which contains a number of files and you want to copy or print all these files with single right-click, it is possible just by a couple of quick edits in the Windows Registry files.

Actually, there is not any single command which can be used to copy the files of a folder in Windows. So, we will have to dive into Windows Registry. It will be a simple one when you add a command in the right-click menu.

For the purpose to add a command in the context menu, you have to carefully read this article, after reading this you’ll be able to add any command to the right-click menu. So, here we start the instructions:

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Copy a List of Files in a Windows 10 Folder

Manual Editing of Registry:

You can make changes in the Registry files of any version of Windows. Manual editing is compulsory in a case when you are going to edit the files and their values in Registry.

Windows Registry is a powerful tool which must be carefully used. Do not try to involve yourself in other files of the registry. The instructions given below are enough to create a command in the context menu of a folder.

  • Open the Start menu
  • Type here, “regedit” and press Enter button
  • A window of Registry Editor will be opened
  • A permission will be asked to make changes in the registry files
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  • Navigate the following key by using left-side pane of the Editor window

 

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell
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  • Go inside the “shell” key and create new key by right-clicking on the “shell” key
  • Choose New > Key
  • Name this key as “copylist”. You can also use any other name which you can easily recognize
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  • Change (Default) value inside copylist key
  • Select copylist key and double-click the (Default) Its properties window will be opened
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  • An Editing String will appear in which you can set another value “Copy file list to Clipboar” in “Value data” box
  • Now, press “Ok”
  • This value “Copy file list to Clipboar” will appear in the right-click menu of the folder. So, try to type something short and meaningful
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  • Create another key inside copylist key by right-clicking on the copylist key
  • Select New > Key and name it “command”
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  • Now, change (Default) value inside the command key
  • Select command key and double click on (Default) Its properties window will appear
  • This (Default) value contains actual command that will run when you click on the option given in the right-click menu of a folder in Windows
  • For adding a command to copy the list of the files within the folder, type following code into the “Value data” box

 

cmd /c dir “%1” /b /a:-d /o:n | clip
  • Press Ok
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  • Optionally, remove “/b” switch from the above-mentioned code, if you need to copy the files with more details
  • This will copy Name, Date, and Size of the file
  • Now the code will remain as:

 

cmd /c dir “%1” /a:-d /o:n | clip
  • As you notice, we are calling command prompt dir command, you can also use any other switch that command supports
  • Type /? In command prompt to see more information
  • After choosing command, make changes immediately, so that you can get out of the Registry

After exiting from the Registry, you can check it out. When you right-click on any folder, its context menu will show the option you added. If you find it useful for you, don’t forget to share your experience with us.

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