Exclude specific files when copying in Windows using an Xcopy alternative replacement tool

This article will help you have a choice in the files being copied by excluding certain files from being copied.

Here we will look at this feature using Xcopy and an alternative software, Copywhiz.


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    Steps to exclude specific files when copying in Windows

    Using Xcopy

    xcopy Source Destination /EXCLUDE:file1[+file2][+file3]… command lets us to specify a list of files containing strings to be excluded. These strings are not entered directly in the command switch. They are one or more text files that list the strings to be excluded.

    Here is the command that is actually being used:

    xcopy source destination /EXCLUDE:file1[+file2][+file3]… exclude: {path}list_of_exclusions.txt.

    For Ex: To copy files from ‘C:\project’ to the folder ‘c:\backup’, by excluding certain type of files, the following command line will be used:

    xcopy c:\project c:\backup /Exclude: list of excluded files

    However, Xcopy commands are not easy to use. System administrators may be able to use. But Xcopy is not for common users.

    Using Copywhiz:

    Watch a short video depicting this feature:

    Video Transcription

    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 special–>Paste files by name or type as shown below:

    3. The Advanced Settings dialog box will open. You can include or exclude files/folders to be copied by typing their names, file extensions or folder names. You can also preview the list of files that will be copied and files that will be skipped by clicking on the Preview button. After confirming, press the Ok button in the Advanced Settings dialog box. All the required files will be copied successfully.



    Copywhiz lets you to choose which type of files to copy & which to ignore – i.e, it lets you to do ‘Selective File Copy’.

    Pick only those files that are important & avoid files that are not required (Eg. Files that occupy too much space) with Copywhiz. Easily filter files by name, extension, folder etc from a bunch of folders.

    Complete big file copy tasks with few clicks & save manual effort with Copywhiz.

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