Quickly move and copy files

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Find out how to move files around your hard drive with FileTargets.

Moving experience

Moving or copying files around your computer can be an unnecessarily lengthy process. You have the option of navigating to the source folder and dragging the relevant file to the target location. If you have your files organised into sub-directories, it can take a while to reach the correct folder. Even if this doesn’t bother you, using the right-click, drag-and-drop method can result in your accidentally moving a file instead of copying it. You could try Send To folder, but this has proved an unsatisfactory solution.

Moon Software has come up with a more agreeable answer in the form of FileTargets. After installing this handy little program, copying and moving files can be as few as two mouse clicks away. The software adds a new entry to the context menu displayed when you right-click on a file or folder that gives you access to a number of new options. Using the new menu, you can quickly copy and move files to predefined locations.

Carbon Copy

In addition to this, you can copy the files straight to the desktop or copy either the long or short version of the file name to the clipboard. Copying file names is useful if you need to compile a list of folder contents. However, it’s likely that most users will concentrate on the moving and copying facilities. As well as organising target folders into easy-to-navigate sub-folders, the last-used location moves up the list for even easier access next time you need to use it.

FileTargets can also open any of the folders you’ve added to the context menu so that you can browse their contents. In order to activate this option, hold down [Ctrl] + [Shift] while selecting the relevant folder. Any accidental selections and movements you make can be remedied by using the standard Undo function in Explorer’s Edit menu (or by pressing [Ctrl] + [Z]).

Customised Experience

You can customise how FileTargets works by using the Options button on the Configuration screen. You can decide if you want to be prompted every time you delete a folder and whether the default action will be to more or to copy items. You can also change how FileTargets is displayed in the context menus. You can not only change the menu title, but also assign a different keyboard shortcut it.

Should you ever need to format your hard drive, you need to back up your settings and target folders so that you can restore them easily at a later date. Simply right-click in the Configuration menu and select the Save Settings to File option. The information is saved in a .REG file, which you can then merge with the Registry. Take advantage of this option as FileTargets is a piece of software you will come back to again and again.

Moving and shaking

Set up FileTargets to make file movements a great deal easier.

1. The password you need to activate FileTargets is ILikeMoonSoftware. Once you’ve installed it you must configure the program.

2. Launch the configuration utility from the FileTargets menu. Right-click on an empty space in the dialog box and select an option from the menu. By selecting Add Folder, for instance, you can add new targets.

3. In Explorer, right-click on the file or folder you want to copy or move, select FileTargets, and navigate the list of folder shortcuts you’ve created.
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Artikel-id: 835838 – senaste granskning 8 juli 2008 – revision: 1