Microsoft DOS move command
Allows you to move files or directories from one folder to another, or from one drive to another.
Today, the move command is an internal command that is available in the below Microsoft operating systems. When first introduced with MS-DOS 6.0 the command was an external command that used the move.exe file up to MS-DOS 6.22.
- MS-DOS 6.0 and above
- Windows 95
- Windows 98
- Windows ME
- Windows NT
- Windows 2000
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7
- Windows 8
- Windows 10
Moves files and renames files and directories.
To move one or more files:
MOVE [/Y | /-Y] [drive:][path]file name1[,...] destination
To rename a directory:
MOVE [/Y | /-Y] [drive:][path]dirname1 dirname2
|[drive:][path]file name1||Specifies the location and name of the file or files you want to move.|
|destination||Specifies the new location of the file. Destination can consist of a drive letter and colon, a directory name, or a combination. If you are moving only one file, you can also specify a destination file name, if you want the moved file to be renamed.|
|[drive:][path]dirname1||Specifies the directory you want to rename.|
|dirname2||Specifies the new name of the directory.|
|/Y||Suppresses prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an existing destination file.|
|/-Y||Causes prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an existing destination file.|
The switch /Y may be present in the COPYCMD environment variable. This switch may be overridden with /-Y on the command line. Default is to prompt on overwrites unless MOVE command is being executed from within a batch script.
move c:\windows\temp\*.* c:\temp
Move the files of c:\windows\temp to the temp directory in root, this is of course assuming you have the Windows\temp directory. In this example, *.* is wildcards telling the computer every file with every extension.
move "computer hope" example
If your directory name has a space, it must be surrounded with quotes, otherwise you will get a "The syntax of the command is incorrect." error message. In the above example, this command would move the "computer hope" directory into the example directory contained in the same directory (current directory).
move stats.doc, morestats.doc c:\statistics
The above example would move the files stats.doc and morestats.doc into the c:\statistics folder.
- How to move files and folders on the computer.
- How to copy files from one drive to another drive.
- How to copy, move, or rename files with a space in the name.
- See our move definition for further information and related links on this term.