Copy Command

Copy Command in Windows.

Copy command in details to know how to copy one or more files from one location to another and merging two or more files into a single file.


Copy Source_File Destination_File

/d  Allows encrypted files to be saved as decrypted files at the destination.
/v  Verifies destination files are written correctly.
/n  Uses a short file name, if available, when copying a file with a name longer than eight characters, or with a file extension longer than three characters.
/y  Will not prompt you weather to overwrite an existing destination file.
/-y  Prompts you to confirm to overwrite an existing destination file.
/a  Indicates an ASCII text file.
/b  Indicates a binary file.

Source_File: Specifies the location from where you want to copy a file or set of files.
Destination_File: Specifies the location where you want to copy a file or set of files.

Combining files
If you specify more than one Source, with a plus sign (+), copy command combines the files into a single file. If you use wildcard characters (that is, * or ?) in Source and specify a single file name in Destination, copy command combines all files matching the file name in Source and creates a single file with the file name specified in Destination


In the current folder
COPY source_file.doc destination_file.doc

Copy from a different folder/directory:
COPY “C:\home\file1.doc” “D:\work\file2.doc”

Specify the source only, with a wildcard will copy all the files into the current directory:
COPY “C:\home\*.doc”

Specify the source with a wildcard and the destination as a single file, generally used with plain text files.
COPY “C:\my work\*.txt” “D:\New docs\combined.txt”

Combining files
Copy c:\file1.txt + c:\file2.txt File3.txt

Copy silently (no feedback on screen)
COPY source_file.doc destination_file.doc >nul