Copy/Move files from several folders into a single folder in Windows

This post will tell you a trick on how to copy multiple files from several folders into a single destination folder and optionally delete them from their respective sources in Windows.

The benefits

Deleting files from their source after copy helps you save disk space and avoid storing duplicate files that will not be needed later. Also you don’t have to go back to each folder separately to delete files after copying.

Let us look at how this is possible using Copywhiz, a smart file copy program for Windows.

What is Copywhiz?

Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets you to have more flexibility & more control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

  • Copy only new or modified files
  • Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
  • Copy files to multiple folders/computers
  • Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
  • Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
  • Schedule file backups
  • Several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.
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    An image depicting one of the features of Copywhiz

    Steps to copy from multiple folders and paste to a single destination

    1. Go to Windows File Explorer, select the files/folders, right-click and choose Copywhiz–>Copy as shown below:

    2. Keep adding files from different folders by selecting them, right clicking and choosing “Copy (Add to queue)” from Copywhiz menu. You can see the total number of files copied until now in the “Show items” menu.

    3. Right-click inside the destination folder and select select Copywhiz–>Paste Advanced. The Copywhiz main window will open. Select the option “Paste and delete original (move)” and then click on the “Paste Now” button.

    4. All the files (from multiple folders) are copied at once and also deleted from their source.

    Conclusion

    You just saw how Copywhiz saves your time and efforts in simple day to day operations like copying and deleting files and folders. All this in just a few clicks! This is otherwise very time consuming in Windows.

    If you want to copy these files but not delete them from their source, you can do that too. Check out our article on the same:

    Copy files from multiple folders and paste them all at once in Windows using Copywhiz

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    Windows: Copy file contents from one file to another, keeping the file name intact

    Copying one file as another file (while keeping it’s name as of the old file) is a long process in Windows.

    Normally, without Copywhiz you would follow the below 5 tedious steps:

    You have to copy the new file, paste the new file to the destination folder, copy the name of the existing file to clipboard, delete the existing file and finally rename the new file.

    You would wonder, “How is this long? This is how we normally work”. Well, after reading this post you will understand.

    We will tell you about a shorter way to do this using Copywhiz, a file copy software for Windows.

    Copywhiz will let me replace existing file very quickly without having to follow several steps. With it’s Paste-as option, you can replace existing file with a file having a different name rather very quickly.

    Here is a short video on this feature to guide you:

    What is Copywhiz?

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets you to have more flexibility & more control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

  • Copy only new or modified files
  • Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
  • Copy files to multiple folders/computers
  • Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
  • Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
  • Schedule file backups
  • Several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.
  • Copywhiz as a time saver

    Using Copywhiz, you don’t have to go through so many steps.

    1. Just select the updated/new file from it’s source folder, right-click on it and choose Copywhiz–>Copy from the menu as shown below:

    2. Go to the destination folder, right-click on the file that needs to be replaced and select Copywhiz–>Paste Special.

    3. Under the Paste Special, select the option ‘Paste as (new file -> old file)’ as shown below.

    4. That’s it. The contents of the old file will be replaced with the contents of the new file. Also, the name of the file is that of the old file only.

    Conclusion

    You would now agree with us. Actually, we have become so used to the long process of Windows file copy-paste that we never realized how much extra time we were spending on this simple task.

    Copywhiz thus understood the need to save time in this daily performed task and introduced the ‘Paste as’ feature. It is surely going to increase efficiency in all our file copy tasks.

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    Windows: Instantly copy/paste a new file as an existing file in a single step

    This post will tell you how to copy a new file as an existing file without changing the name of the existing file, by using Windows copy-paste method as well as an alternative software, Copywhiz.

    What is Copywhiz?

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets you to have more flexibility & more control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

  • Copy only new or modified files
  • Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
  • Copy files to multiple folders/computers
  • Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
  • Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
  • Schedule file backups
  • Several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.
  • Copying new file as old file

    This is a feature needed and used by every person at some point of his work, regardless of the nature of work performed. Saving time on this simple process helps increase work productivity.

    Using Windows copy-paste

    1. Select the new file from it’s source folder and right click and copy/cut or use Ctrl+C/X

    2. Go to the destination folder and paste the file there.

    3. You will get an error pop-up saying that the destination already has a file with the same name. You will have to replace or skip the file.

    4. Dealing with these error popups every time is annoying and your time is also wasted.

    Even if your source and destination file are the same, the new file is saved as a copy of the existing file. You will then have to delete the old file and rename the new file.

    Using Copywhiz

    Here is a short video perfectly depicting this feature:

    1. Right-click on the file that needs to be copied and choose Copywhiz–>Copy from the menu as shown below:

    2. Go to the destination folder, right-click on the file that needs to be replaced and select Copywhiz–>Paste Special.

    3. Under the Paste Special you will find the option ‘Paste as (new file -> old file)’ as shown below.

    4. The old file will be replaced keeping it’s name intact. You will be intimidated with a pop-up and also a sound is played indicating successful completion of a file copy task.

    Conclusion

    While the traditional Windows method takes a lot of time and efforts, Copywhiz does the same task in just a few clicks and without error popups.

    It is thus a very handy tool for file copy and automatically taking scheduled & incremental backups.

    Learn more about Copywhiz. Download the free trial from here.

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    Delete files based on date from whole folder tree in Windows

    This post will tell you how to permanently delete certain files from your system based on their file date. Most importantly, you can apply this on whole folder tree containing several files and sub-folders.

    Why delete files?

    There are certain files which we will never need. We still copy them along with our important files because filtering them in Windows the traditional way is quite tedious and time consuming.

    We can delete files based on their dates. Let us look at how this is possible using Copywhiz, a smart file copy program for Windows.

    Although Copywhiz is a file copy software, we will achieve the above mentioned task using a small trick. We will move all the files that we don’t want to a new location and delete those files from this new location. That’s it. This way, we have deleted the required files from the source folder.

    What is Copywhiz?

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets you to have more flexibility & more control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

  • Copy only new or modified files
  • Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
  • Copy files to multiple folders/computers
  • Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
  • Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
  • Schedule file backups
  • Several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.
  • Steps to delete files from folder structure based on date

    1. Right-click on the folder from which files need to be copied and choose Copywhiz–>Copy from the menu as shown below:

    2. Go to the destination folder, right-click on it and select Copywhiz–>Paste Advanced. The advanced settings dialogue box will open.

    3. Select the date option as shown below. You can also preview the list of files and folders that will be copied and ones that will be skipped by clicking on the “Preview” button. After confirming, press the “OK” button.

    Paste-By-date

    4. Back in the Copywhiz main window, select the option “Paste and delete original (move)”. Click on “Paste Now” to copy files instantly or “Paste Later” to schedule the copy to your preferred time.

    Conclusion

    You don’t have to take out time specially to delete files. You can now do that while your file copy is in progress or while taking regular backups. This feature is thus very useful. Copywhiz is thus a real time saver when you are are working with a large number of files.

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    Have a good day.

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    Windows: Quickly replace an old file with a new file keeping old name intact

    We work with multiple files on a daily basis. File editing and replacing is the most basic work in our daily routine. But this file replace may consume a lot of your time if you repeatedly replace a file, say on a daily basis. And most importantly, you want the old file name the same.

    Using the normal Windows method, you will spend a lot of time and efforts on copying, renaming, replacing and deleting files. We therefore have an alternative software, Copywhiz, that will let you replace an old file with a new file keeping old name intact, in just a few clicks (three, to be exact)!

    What is Copywhiz?

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets you to have more flexibility & more control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

  • Copy only new or modified files
  • Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
  • Copy files to multiple folders/computers
  • Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
  • Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
  • Schedule file backups
  • Several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.
  • Steps to replace file without changing file name:

    Here is a short video for your guidance:

    1. Right-click on the file that needs to be copied and choose Copywhiz–>Copy from the menu as shown below:

    2. Go to the destination folder, right-click on the file that needs to be replaced and select Copywhiz–>Paste Special.

    3. Under the Paste Special you will find the option ‘Paste as (new file -> old file)’ as shown below.

    4. The old file will be replaced even though it’s name is unchanged. You will be intimidated with a pop-up and also a sound is played indicating successful completion of a file copy task.

    Conclusion

    Once you are done replacing a file, come back and follow the same steps for the next file to replace. This way you can also paste a single file to multiple folders with a different name in each folder.

    Copywhiz thus saves a lot of time and efforts on simple yet important task of file replace which would have taken many steps in Windows file copy-paste.

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    Windows: Handy way to replace an existing file with another file keeping the file name same

    Today you will learn about a quick shortcut using which Handy way to replace an existing file with another file keeping the file name same. With this feature we reduce 5 long steps to just 2 quick steps. This is possible using the file copy software Copywhiz.

    What is Copywhiz?

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets you to have more flexibility & more control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

  • Copy only new or modified files
  • Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
  • Copy files to multiple folders/computers
  • Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
  • Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
  • Schedule file backups
  • Several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.
  • Copy file and paste as another file in few steps

    Before you proceed to read the steps, check this short video perfectly depicting this feature:

    Steps:

    1. Right-click on the file that needs to be copied and choose Copywhiz–>Copy from the menu as shown below:

    2. Go to the destination folder, right-click on the file that needs to be replaced and select Copywhiz–>Paste Special.

    3. Under the Paste Special you will find the option ‘Paste as (new file -> old file)’ as shown below.

    4. The old file will be replaced keeping it’s name intact. You will be intimidated with a pop-up and also a sound is played indicating successful completion of a file copy task.

    Conclusion

    What took a lot of time earlier using the Windows file copy, Copywhiz does the same task in just a few clicks. It reduces all the extra steps and lets you copy one file as another file and also keeps the name of the old file unchanged.

    It’s that simple and easy.

    It is thus a very handy tool for file copy and automatically taking scheduled & incremental backups.

    Learn more about Copywhiz. Download the free trial from here.

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    Preview files to be copied in Windows using a Robocopy alternative replacement tool

    This post will tell you how to preview the list of files that will be copied, before actually copying them.

    The importance of previewing files

    We like to have a preview of our documents and images before sharing or printing them or even saving the edits made. Then why not have a preview of the list of files that will be copied on your system?

    You could easily exclude or include certain files forgotten or those not required. This not only saves your time and efforts but also a lot of space on your system. You can also filter them according to their date, size etc.

    In this article we will show you how this is possible using the Windows Robocopy tool and an alternative software Copywhiz, which does the same thing in a much user friendly manner.

    What is Copywhiz?

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets you to have more flexibility & more control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

  • Copy only new or modified files
  • Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
  • Copy files to multiple folders/computers
  • Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
  • Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
  • Schedule file backups
  • Several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.
  • Steps to generate a file Preview

    Using Robocopy

    Robocopy Source [Destination] /L command displays a list of files that are to be copied.

    For Ex: To display a list of files that are to be copied from the folder “projects” to “backup”, the following command line will be used:

    Robocopy C:\projects d:\backup /L

    You can do this using Xcopy commands too. Check out this article

    However, these Robocopy commands are not straightforward. System administrators may be able to use. But Robocopy may be quite confusing for common users. Instead, let me show you an easier and faster method.

    Using Copywhiz

    1. Select files using Windows Explorer, right-click on them and choose Copywhiz->Copy from the menu as shown below :

    2. Go to the destination folder, right-click inside the folder and select Copywhiz–>Paste Advanced. The Advanced settings dialogue box will open.

    Advanced Settings

    3. Click on the “Preview” button located below in the right corner. The Preview Window will open

    Here is how the Copywhiz Preview Window will look like:

    All the files you selected will be listed down before you proceed with your file copy.

    Conclusion

    Copywhiz is an alternative that allows you to preview files before copying them and ensure that the right files are copied. This avoids mistakes and any incorrect files from being copied to make sure only the important files are copied. You can also use this feature to view the list of new & modified files in a folder.
    Thus you stay safe and confident.

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    Continue file-copying even if error occurs in Windows using a Robocopy alternative replacement tool

    This post will brief you on how to skip errors and also turn off error prompts while copying files in Windows.

    Frequent Error Pop-ups?

    When copying a large number of files, we often see a window pop up telling that an error occurred while copying. Isn’t this very annoying? Wouldn’t it be great if instead of attending to every error message, you could skip that particular type of error and continue copying.

    We will show you how this is possible with the Windows Robocopy tool and also an alternative software , Copywhiz.

    What is Copywhiz?

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets you to have more flexibility & more control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

  • Copy only new or modified files
  • Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
  • Copy files to multiple folders/computers
  • Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
  • Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
  • Schedule file backups
  • Several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.
  • An image showing one of the features of Copywhiz

    Steps to continue file copy on error

    Using Robocopy

    Robocopy source destination [file [file]…] /r:n w:n command lets us to continue file-copying even if error occurs.
    ‘R’ is the retries on failed copies and ‘W’ is the waiting time between those retries. Also, n=the number of times of retry and waiting.

    For Ex: To copy contents of ‘C:\project’ to the folder ‘D:\Backup’, while continuing to copy on errors, the following command line will be used:

    Robocopy C:\project D:\Backup /R:0 W:0

    You can do this using Xcopy too. Here is the article.

    However, Robocopy commands are not really straightforward. System administrators may be able to use. But Robocopy is quite confusing for common users.

    Using Copywhiz

    Watch a short video that perfectly depicts this feature:

    When copying files, Copywhiz does not stop on an error. Instead it lets you retry or skip that particular file and proceed.

    See the image below for more clarity:

    Also, if a file is locked (like a file-in-use), Copywhiz will wait until you unlock the file. In fact, Copywhiz will show you which program is currently using the file so that you can close the program in order to continue with your file copy.

    If the disk is full, Copywhiz will show you how much space you need to free in order to complete the operation successfully as shown below:

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    Show error log after copying files in Windows

    This post will tell you how to view error logs for your file copying process using Copywhiz.

    The need for an error log

    We all often encounter errors when copying our files in Windows. We at times don’t understand where the error is or what exactly is the error. An error log (record of critical errors) is therefore necessary in such situations. This lists all your errors so that you can track down the cause.

    Just use Copywhiz to do this.

    What is Copywhiz?

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets you to have more flexibility & more control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

    • Copy only new or modified files
    • Paste by date created or modified or accessed.
    • Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
    • Copy files to multiple folders/computers
    • Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
    • Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
    • Schedule file backups
    several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.

    Steps to show error log

    Watch a short video depicting this feature:

    1. Go to Advanced Settings after selecting your files in Copywhiz.
    2. Advanced Settings

    3. Click on the “General” Tab which is next to the Filter Tab.
    4. By selecting the “Show log” option, all the errors will be instantly logged i.e., shown as a list.
    5. Click on ‘OK’ and Paste Now.

    Copywhiz helps you solve one more problem you frequently encounter: disk full. It will show you how much space is to be set free in order to continue your file copying without any worries.

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    Have a good day.

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    Automatically rename source file on file name conflict when copying files in Windows

    This post will brief you on how to directly rename the file being copied when a file with same name already exists in the destination folder. This can be magically done using the tool Copywhiz.

    Getting an error pop up telling, “A file with the same name already exists” is really common in your daily file copying process. Changing the name manually is OK when there are limited files. This is however not practical with large number of files.

    You should therefore try Copywhiz that lets you automatically rename the file being copied or the destination file. You can do this while the files are being copied or pre-configure it so that you are not interrupted.

    What is Copywhiz?

    Enhance your file-copy experience with Copywhiz as it lets you to have more flexibility & more control over the file-copying process. Here is how Copywhiz makes file copying a breeze:

    • Copy only new or modified files
    • Paste by date created or modified or accessed.
    • Easily pick files by name, extension, folder etc from bunch of folders
    • Copy files to multiple folders/computers
    • Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
    • Pick files from multiple folders and compress in single .zip file
    • Schedule file backups
    several more hidden nuggets designed to make your file-copy task easier.

    Steps to rename source file during file name conflict

    1. When an error message pops up, click on the Advanced Settings option of Copywhiz.
    2. Advanced Settings

    3. Click on the ‘General’ Tab which is next to the Filter Tab.
    4. Under the File Replace options, select ‘Rename Source file’.
    5. General Tab

    6. Click on OK and Paste Now.

    This is really a time saver and also very easy. File copying is no longer tiring all thanks to Copywhiz.

    For more tutorial videos, check out this page.

    Learn more about Copywhiz. Download the free trial from here.

    Have a good day.

    Thanks :)