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Sometimes you save a file or folder in one place on your computer but in reorganizing your work, you decide that you want to move the item to another location. Fortunately, in Windows 7, moving files and folders around on your computer is an easy task.

To move a file or folder to another location on your computer:

  1. Right-click the Start menu button and choose Open Windows Explorer.

    The Windows Explorer window opens.

  2. Double-click a folder or series of folders to locate the file that you want to move.

    If, instead of moving the file, you actually want to create a copy of a file or folder in another location on your computer, right-click the item in Windows Explorer and choose Copy. Use Windows Explorer to navigate to the location where you want to place a copy, right-click, and choose Paste or press Ctrl+V.

  3. Click and drag the file to another folder in the Navigation pane on the left side of the window.

    If you right-click and drag, you’re offered the options of moving or copying or creating a shortcut to the item when you place it via a shortcut menu that appears.

  4. Click the Close button in the upper-right corner of the Windows Explorer window.

    Windows Explorer closes.

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