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Move

Published: April 17, 2012

Updated: April 17, 2012

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows Vista

Moves one or more files from one directory to another directory.

For examples of how to use this command, see Examples.

Syntax
move [{/y | /-y}] [<Source>] [<Target>]
Parameters

 

Parameter Description

/y

Suppresses prompting to confirm that you want to overwrite an existing destination file.

/-y

Causes prompting to confirm that you want to overwrite an existing destination file.

<Source>

Specifies the path and name of the file or files to move. If you want to move or rename a directory, Source should be the current directory path and name.

<Target>

Specifies the path and name to move files to. If you want to move or rename a directory, Target should be the desired directory path and name.

/?

Displays help at the command prompt.

Remarks
  • The /y command-line option might be preset in the COPYCMD environment variable. You can override this with /-y on the command line. The default is to prompt before overwriting files unless the copy command is run from within a batch script.

  • Moving encrypted files to a volume that does not support Encrypting File System (EFS) results in an error. Decrypt the files first or move the files to a volume that supports EFS.

Examples

To move all files with the .xls extension from the \Data directory to the \Second_Q\Reports directory, type:

move \data\*.xls \second_q\reports\