How to Select, Cut, Copy and Paste in Windows 11 (and More)

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Here, I’m using Windows 11. Let’s start.

How to Select, Cut, Copy and Paste in Windows 11

Here, you’ll see how to select, cut, copy, and paste files or folders in Windows 11. Let’s start.

How to Select

To select a file or folder, you need to hit it. That’s the usual case.

To select multiple items in a single place, you need to press Ctrl and then hit the files or folders you prefer.

You can also press Shift instead of Ctrl. But the difference is that the latter lets you select items in random order. The former allows you to choose items in sequential order.

For example, if you press the Ctrl and hit the first folder and then the 4th folder, only the 1st and fourth folders are selected.

But if you press the Shift and do the above, then the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and fourth folders get selected.

Note: if you’ve enabled the single click, then hovering the mouse over the item will select it.

How to Cut, Copy and Paste

Here’s how you can cut or copy an item:

Select the item. Now hit the Scissors icon in the command bar at the top to cut it. To copy, you need to hit the icon on the right of the Scissors icon.

To paste an item, go to the place where you want to paste. Hit the icon beside the Copy icon.

Note: You can do the above for multiple items too.

Here are alternate methods to do the above tasks:

Method #1

Select the item. Press Ctrl + X to cut it. Press Ctrl + C to copy it. Press Ctrl + V to paste it after you are in the place where you want to paste the item.

Note that you can do the above for multiple items too.

Method #2

Please select the item and right-click on it. In the context menu, you can see the cut and copy icons that you’ve seen earlier. Use the one you prefer.

To paste an item, go where you want to paste it and then right-click on the blank space. Now, you can see the Paste icon. Hit it.

Here’s an alternate way to do this task:

Select the item. Press Shift + F10 or right-click on it and then hit Show more options. Now, choose the cut or copy option.

To paste an item, go where you want to paste it. You can use the keyboard shortcut Shift + F10 or right-click on the blank space. You can see the Paste option. Hit it, and that’s it.

Note: You can apply the above steps for multiple items.


How to Copy a Folder or File Path

Here are the four distinct methods you can use to copy a file or folder path in Windows 11.

Method #1

Right-click on the item and click on the “Copy as path” option in the context menu. The selected item path with double quotes on both sides is on the Clipboard.

Method #2

Select the item and hit the three horizontal dots at the top. Select “Copy path,” The selected item path with double quotes on both sides is on the Clipboard.

Method #3

Note: This method only applies to the folder.

Open the folder and right-click on the address bar in File Explorer.

You’ll find the “Copy address” and “Copy address as text” options in the context menu. Select the one you prefer.

Alternatively, you can press Ctrl + L or Alt + D or click the File Explorer address bar and press Ctrl + C.

Method #4

Open Run by pressing Windows + R and make sure the field is blank. Drag a file or folder into it, and you can now see the path. Copy it, and it’ll be on the Clipboard.


How to Display Full Path in Title Bar

When you open a folder or drive in Windows 11, its name will appear in the File Explorer title bar by default.

Follow these steps to display the full path instead of the name in the File Explorer title bar:

Open the File Explorer Options by pressing Windows + R, type control folders, and press Enter key. Navigate to the View tab.

Select the “Display the full path in the title bar” option. You can find this one between “Display file size information in folder tips” and “Hidden files and folders.”

Click the “OK” button at the bottom. From now on, you’ll always be able to find the full path in the title bar of File Explorer.

Notes:

  • You can’t find these folders (Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Videos, and Pictures) path in the title bar when you try to open them from This PC or Quick access.
  • Unselect the option mentioned in the steps and click “OK” to return to the default setting.

How to Add Move To Folder or Copy To Folder Option

Windows 11 doesn’t have Move To folder or Copy To folder options in the context menu by default.

But you can add it if you wish, and let’s see how.

Open Registry Editor. I suggest you take Registry backup before proceeding. Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT > AllFilesystemObjects > shellex.

Right-click on the ContextMenuHandlers and select New > Key.

Follow these steps if you want to add the Move To folder option:

Provide the name you prefer, and press Enter key.

On the right pane, you can see “Default.” Double it and provide the following: {C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}

Hit the OK button, and that’s it. Beneath, you’ll see how to use this option.

Follow these steps if you want to add the “Copy To folder” option:

Provide the name you like, and press Enter key.

On the right pane, you can see “Default.” Double it and provide the following: {C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}

Hit the OK button, and that’s all. Beneath, you’ll see how to use this option.

How to Use These Options

Right-click on the item you want to move or copy. Hit Show more options. Select Move To folder or Copy To folder option depending on your wish.

Now, select the folder where you’d like to move or copy the item and then hit the Copy or Move button. That’s all.

Notes:

  • Remember, these options work for multiple items too.
  • If you want to remove these options, you must delete the key you’ve created in the above steps.

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