Move a file from one folder to another

Syntax MOVE [options] [Source] [Target]

Key source : The path and filename of the file(s) to move.

target : The path and filename to move file(s) to. options: (Windows 2000 only) /Y Suppress confirmation prompt. /-Y Enable confirmation prompt.

Both Source and Target may be either a folder or a single file.

The source may include wildcards (but not the destination).

Under Windows 2000 the default action is to prompt on overwrites unless the command is being executed from within a batch script.

To force the overwriting of destination files under both NT4 and Windows2000 use the COPYCMD environment variable:


This will turn off the prompt in Win2000 and will be ignored by NT4 (which overwrites by default).


In the current folder

MOVE oldfile.wp newfile.doc

Full path specified

MOVE g:\department\oldfile.wp "c:\Files to Convert\newfile.doc"

Specify the drive and filename (assumes the current folder on both drives is correct)

MOVE a:oldfile.wp c:newfile.doc

Specify source only (will copy the file to current folder, keeping the same filename)

MOVE g:\department\oldfile.wp

Quiet move (no feedback on screen)

MOVE oldfile.wp newfile.doc >nul

"If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it, and if it stops moving, subsidize it" - Ronald Reagan


COPY - Copy one or more files to another location

ROBOCOPY /MOVE - Robust File and Folder Copy

XCOPY - Copy files and folders

MV - Copy in-use files

REN - Rename a file or files.

Cachemov - Offline Files Cache Mover. (Win 2K ResKit)

Powershell: Move-Item - Move an item from one location to another (move/mv/mi)

Equivalent bash command (Linux): mv - Move or rename files or directories