How to Copy & Paste Files Using Command Prompt
Although many people regard the command line as something to be relegated to the dustbin of computing history and forgotten, it is still a powerful tool for accomplishing any number of basic computer tasks. One task that is commonly done using a graphical user interface is the copying of files. In a GUI, this procedure takes two distinct steps--copying and pasting--on a command line, it can be done in a single step.
Things You'll Need
- Computer with any operating system
Finding the file to be copied
Open a command prompt. On a Windows computer, press "Windows-R" to get the run prompt, and then type in "CMD.exe." On a Unix-based machine, open your terminal program.
Wait for the terminal to appear. On a Windows machine, type in the following to select the drive your files are located on: "
Type in the following: "cd
Make a note of the destination folder you wish to copy your files into. It should be something like this: "
Enter the following command to copy your chosen file from the original folder to the new one:In Windows: "copy
Tips & Warnings
- The Unix instructions apply to both Mac OS, Linux, and all other Unix based operating systems.
- The Windows commands work on all versions of both MS-DOS and Windows.