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(1) In programming, to copy data from one place in memory to another. Move is really a copy, because at the end of the move, source and destination data are identical. MOV is an assembly language instruction.

(2) In word processing and graphics, to relocate text and images to another part of the document or drawing.

(3) An external DOS/Windows command that moves a file to a new location (it copies first, then deletes the source file). Widely used by Windows programmers and power users, the syntax is like the Copy command. The following example moves the MYBUDGET spreadsheet into the \NEXTYEAR folder. See copy.

  C:\BUDGETS>move mybudget.xls \nextyear


(1) To make a duplicate of the original. See shallow copy, Win Copy between windows, Win Copy/Move files/folders and XCopy.

(2) An internal DOS/Windows command for creating duplicate disk files. The Copy command, which uses a straightforward COPY-FROM-TO format, is widely used by programmers and power users. Following are several examples:


 copy *.* e:     all files to E drive

 copy e:\*.*     all files from E drive


 copy *.gif \backup

 copy sales.doc \sales


 copy \images\*.gif

 copy \sales\sales.doc


 copy logo.png logo2.png


 copy *.gif \backup /v

There is less to type if you are already in the folder you want to copy to. For example, if you want to copy into \budgets\2012, you can perform the operation from any command prompt, but if you change to the destination folder, there is less to type, as follows:

  C:\ABC>copy \xyz\*.*  \budgets\2012
  C:\ABC>copy \jkl\*.*  \budgets\2012
  C:\ABC>copy \mno\*.*  \budgets\2012

  C:\ABC>cd \budgets\2012
  C:\BUDGETS\2012>copy \xyz\*.* 
  C:\BUDGETS\2012>copy \jkl\*.* 
  C:\BUDGETS\2012>copy \mno\*.* 

Xcopy for More Options
The Copy command is very useful, but the Xcopy command can copy both files and folders and create new folders on the destination disk. See Xcopy.

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