I'm running windows 7 64bit. I am attempting to bring my files to a better organized state.
I have music, software, picture, and other types of files that were downloaded and are in the download folder. I would prefer to have all these files in the appropriate file/folder location. How do I move the files without them being duplicates? It is the music files that are really my priority.
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Open the folder they are in and the folder you want them in. Highlight the folders right click on them and drag them to the new folder. When you let go of the right muse button a ttke window opens that says
If all the folders are under the same parent folder, then you may simply be able to highlight (select) the files you want to move, and "click and drag" them to the target folder. In Windows that also "moves" them instead of copying them. However, if they aren't in the same parent folder, you can end up with duplication.
Personally, I sometimes still prefer to copy instead of "move to" and then after confirming everything was "moved" OK, I delete the originals from the source folder. That way IF something goes wrong in the "moving" process I'm not faced with a possible fractured mess of file sets being partially moved, empty folders that have to be cleaned-up, etc. I can simply delete my screwed-up target set of files/folders and start over with very little lost time.
It's a judgment call. Usually the "move to" operation works fine. But I'm a hope for the best but plan for the worst kind of person. If I'm dealing with a LOT of files and folders I'll probably copy to the target(s) and then after verification delete the source files/folders. I've had some "move to" operations fail only to end up spending hours cleaning-up because of some bizarre failure like a "too long" folder+filename.
I still like this registry tweak best. It was the same one for XP I'm using on Win7 64bit. Add "Move To" and "Copy To" functions to the right click menu. Danielle if you feel comfortable making registry changes you can try one of these 2 methods.
First back up the area being changed. Open Regedit (Go to start run and type in regedit then hit OK. Registry editor will open) Go to [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects. Right click on AllFilesystemObjects then click on export. name it copyto backup and save it where you can find it
Open regedit (Go to start run and type in regedit then hit OK. Registry editor will open) and go to
HKEY_CLASSES_ ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers Right Click on ContextMenuHandler go to new/key and name the
new key Copy To. Highlight Copy to and in the right window you will see "Default". Right click on that and hit modify. In the blank value data space type
including the brackets.
Right click on ContextMenuHandler and type in Move To. Do exactly the
same thing you did to Copy to, except in the value data space type in
Close the editor. Now when you
right click on a folder or file, you will see "Move To Folder ", and "Copy To Folder "
Or... copy what's below that's not in italics and paste it into a notepad file starting with the word Windows.
And save it to a location you can easily find it in. Go to the file. It should have the tumbling registry box logo on it. Double click on the file. It will ask if you want to enter it into the registry. hit OK. Now when you right click on a folder or file you will see the options copy to and move to. Click on one and choose the save location. You need not do anything else in the future. The options are there for good! If you run into a problem after doing this, go back to the folder we made "copyto backup" and double click on it. Follow the instructions to enter the info, and you will have returned the entries to their original form.
Ctrl+X to cut and Ctrl+V to paste (Ctrl+C to copy). These keyboard shortcuts can save a lot of time.
As for managing the music itself, if you have albums you can put them in folders named by artist and then folders within those named by album title. This is the standard way many media players organise music (such as Windows Media Player). I personally use Mp3tag to manage MP3 tags (track #, title, album, artist etc.) and Media Monkey to manage my music database (both are free).
I like: Programming, Gym, University
Music: House, Dubstep, D&B, Trance, Metal
angryhippy talks about an good approach in adding functionality to the standard Windows Explorer "right-click" menu. Various Registry mods can make life easier.
Just for information, there are some freeware/donateware utilities out there that can help make such manipulations easier and more flexible to add even more functionality to the menu, and bypass the need for the user to directly mess with the Registry. Like freeware "Right Click Enhancer" (XP/Vista/7) to name one. There are others. http://majorgeeks.com/Right_Click_Enhancer_d7014.html
I have NOT personally tried Right Click Enhancer but it looks interesting and has a rating of 4 out of 5 on MajorGeeks by those that have used it. As always, backing-up the system disk is strongly recommended before trying such programs.
Folks may also be interested in at least trying an alternative to Windows Explorer. (note: using these does not take away your option to still use Windows Explorer if you want)
I have used both XYplorer (NOT freeware/donateware) and Qdir (freeware/donateware) and both offer significantly enhanced functionality and user customizability over vanilla Windows Explorer. However, it's been a few versions since I used Qdir. Qdir has a majorgeeks user rating of 4.6 out of 5. However, my preference is XYplorer though it no longer offers a freeware version.
There's also xplorer2. There is a free "lite" version and a (currently) US$30 version.
I have NOT personally tried xplorer2.
All 3 have support for both 32bit and 64bit Windows OS.
Both XYplorer and Qdir are "standalone" which means they do NOT require installation...just place the application files in a given folder and setup the desktop shortcuts as desired. It can even be run from a USB memory card. To "uninstall" them you just delete their files.
I can recommend trying either Qdir or XYplorer, but especially since these ARE powerful file managers I would strongly recommend backing up the system disk prior to using the program for the first few times to get used to the program interface and flexibility. (BTW, the same caution is a good idea when trying any new software)
Angryhippy and Afrow have the simplest replies to your question, and Angryhippy and John have some more options too. Allow me to add my slightly more philosophical 2cents.
First off, you said you want to organize them. My experience has been that once I started, I got a little maniacal about it, until I have my entire 318GB music collection organized the way I wanted it. But that took some time, partly because I changed it a couple times.
So, how do you want it organized? I have mine as such:
Artist \ [year] Album \ Artist - Album - track number - Title.mp3
Most people I've talked to find my naming scheme redundant and go with something shorter, like track number - Title.mp3 or something similar. It's up to you.
That might help you accomplish what you want. If not, I'd just create folders with the naming scheme you want, and move the files over.
Finally, standard Windows behavior is to *copy* from one drive letter to another, and to *move* if it's on the same drive. I don't know what your setup is so I can't say what it'll be for sure, but most people just have a single internal drive, so it will likely move by default. I agree with John's suggestion that you copy the files or folder over and then delete from the source location for safety; in fact this is what I do.