How to Move a File to Another Folder

By Nick Peers

Organize the files on your Windows 8.1 computer by moving them to different folders. The default file manager in Windows 8.1 is the File Explorer, which you can use to copy, move and delete files on your system. Avoid moving system or application files, as this may cause the operating system to crash or your apps to malfunction.

Moving Files to Other Folders

Display the Power User menu by pressing "Windows-X" and then click "File Explorer" to launch the utility. The Windows key has the Windows logo and is usually located between "Ctrl" and "Alt." If you don't know which file to open, open the document, picture or whatever you want to copy and check "Properties" in the File menu or see if there is a file path in a navigation window. Also, in Explorer's left pane, there are libraries for different document types, a download folder and links to online storage. Open the file with the item to be moved, right-click the item and select "Cut" to move it to the clipboard. Open the destination folder, right-click inside it and select "Paste." The file is now deleted from its original location and moved to the new. To speed things up, use the "Ctrl-X" keyboard shortcut to cut selected files and then press "Ctrl-V" to move it to another folder.

Moving System and Application Files

Windows system files are located in the Windows folder on the system drive. By default, the Windows folder and some folders in the Program Files folder -- "WindowsApps" for example -- are hidden to protect their contents. Moving files from the Windows folder may cause Windows to crash and even prevent it from starting again. Moving application files from the Program Files folder may cause your apps to crash or malfunction. You can safely copy files from these folders to any other folders. To copy a file, select "Copy" instead of "Cut," or press "Ctrl-C" instead of "Ctrl-X." This moves a copy of the file to the clipboard, leaving the original intact rather than deleting it.