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MOVE


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Moves one or more files to the location you specify. The MOVE command can also be used to rename directories.


Syntax

MOVE /?

MOVE [/Y] | [/-Y] [drive:][path]filename[, [drive:][path]filename [...]] destination


Parameters
destination (v6.0 Win95 NT3.5)
Specifies the new location of the file, or the new name of the directory. 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 filename if you want to rename the file when you move it. If you are moving more than one file, the destination must be a directory name. Moving a file to an existing file overwrites the existing file.
drive: ( path filename v6.0 Win95 NT3.5)
Specifies the location and name of the file or files you want to move. Also specifies the name of a directory you want to rename.

Switches
/? (NTXP)
Displays help.
/-Y (v6.2 Win95 NT2000)
Indicates that you want MOVE to prompt you for confirmation when replacing an existing file. Specifying this switch overrides all defaults and the current setting of the %COPYCMD% environment variable.
/Y (v6.2 Win95 NT2000)
Indicates that you want MOVE to replace existing file(s) without prompting you for confirmation. By default, if you specify an existing file as the destination file, MOVE will ask you if you want to overwrite the existing file. (Previous versions of DOS would simply replace the existing file.) If the MOVE command is part of a batch file, MOVE will replace the file without prompting you. Specifying this switch overrides all defaults and the current setting of the %COPYCMD% environment variable.

Related

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.
Equivalent Linux BASH commands:
mv - Move or rename files or directories.


Notes

none.


Examples

Suppose C:\LETTERS is a directory. To move the files ED.TXT and SIGRID.TXT from the current directory to the LETTERS directory on drive C, type:

    MOVE ED.TXT,SIGRID.TXT C:\LETTERS

To move the BILL.TXT file from the current directory to the LETTERS directory on drive C and rename it ANN.TXT, type:

    MOVE BILL.TXT C:\LETTERS\ANN.TXT

To rename the THISYEAR directory on drive C to LASTYEAR, type:

    MOVE C:\THISYEAR C:\LASTYEAR

Errorlevels
Availability
External
DOS
v6.0 v6.10 v6.2 v6.21 v6.22 v6.23 v7.00 v7.0R1 v7.10 v8.00
Windows
Win95 Win98 WinME
Windows NT
NT3.5 NT4 NT2000 NTXP NT2003