Copying files from different locations to a single destination folder in Windows using an Xcopy alternative replacement tool

This post will explain to you how to copy files from different folders located at different places, into a single folder or location, you want to keep them in.

Why copy everything in a single folder?

Want to share your favorite photos, music, and videos with your friend but have to copy the whole folder while sharing?

You have no option to do this since you fear that without that, you will have to go through the tiring process of going into each folder and search from the long list and select the ones you want one by one. Sounds tiring already.

This is why creating a single folder to store these files is needed. All files will go into a single folder without creating any sub-folders.

Let us look at this using the Windows Xcopy tool and 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 and backup 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
  • Automatically organize files based on file attributes and metadata
  • Copy files to multiple folders/computers
  • Copy files from multiple folders and paste them at once
  • Sync files between source and destination
  • 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 copy files in a single location

Using Xcopy

Xcopy Source [Destination] /s command lets us to Copy files from different locations to a single destination folder.

For Ex: To copy the files “project.docx” and “logo.png” to a single folder “saved pictures,” the following command line will be used:

For %%a in (
) do (
xcopy /s “%%~a” “d:\pictures\saved pictures”

However, the Xcopy commands are not so straightforward. System administrators may be able to use it. But Xcopy is confusing for ordinary users.

Let us look at a more straightforward and simple way to do this.

Using Copywhiz

Watch a short video that perfectly depicts this:

For more tutorial videos, check out this page.

Video Transcription

1. Select files to be copied from the Source folder and right-click on it and choose Copywhiz–>Copy as shown below:

2. Keep adding files from different folders by clicking on “Copy (Add to queue).” You can see the total number of files copied until now in the “Show Items” menu.

3.Right-click inside the destination folder where you wish to copy the files and select Copywhiz–>Paste . You could even use ‘Ctrl+Shift+V’.

4. All the files copied will be pasted in the destination folder all at once.

This is how Copywhiz lets you select multiple files from various folders and paste them in one desired folder in a very easy and fast manner.


This feature is handy when we have all our music/pictures scattered in different folders that we may want to bring into a single folder. Or we may want to pick only specific types of files & copy them all in one folder.

This also saves you a lot of time.

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