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Quickly Copy Files In Windows Explorer

Last week my "Quick Tip" showed you how to open a duplicate of an existing Excel workbook. I got a great tip from fellow Excel addict Steve Basford who suggested a simple way to copy a workbook (or any other file for that matter) in Windows Explorer.

  1. Select a file in Windows Explorer.
  2. Press CTRL+C (copy)
  3. Select the folder where you would like to place the copy and press CTRL+V (paste)
Thanks Steve.

Here's another great tip to use when copying a single file or multiple files in Windows Explorer.

  1. Select the file you want to copy (for multiple files hold down the CTRL key and select each file).
  2. Make sure the destination folder is in view in the left pane of your Explorer window. Drag the selected files by holding down the CTRL key and holding down your left mouse button then drop (i.e. release the mouse button) them in the destination folder.
Note: When you hold down the CTRL key while dragging a file, you'll notice a small "plus sign" in the small sheet icon as you are dragging. This indicates that the file is being "copied." If you don't hold down the CTRL key, there will be no "plus sign" and therefore the file will instead be "moved" from the original folder to the destination folder - a very important point to remember.

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