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Photos Accidentally Put on Desktop? Fix

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#1 softeyes


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Posted 18 October 2017 - 09:58 PM

Have you ever accidentally copied mass amounts of pictures <or other files> to your desktop? I did and what a nightmare.


This afternoon I had a huge .zip file of photos within WinRar, I was extracting them into a new folder I had created on the desktop. I went through the familiar steps to extract the pictures into this new folder, BUT.... I "forgot" to expand the desktop drop down arrow to select the new folder, which resulted in all of the pictures being extracted to my desktop! <I was not laughing!>


Before I spent hours of copying and pasting, thank heavens for Google, I found a fix: I went to C:\Users\<your user name>\Desktop, and my pictures were there nice and tidy. I was able to <cut> the pictures and copy them into the new folder!


If it happens to you, a nice rescue.





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#2 r.a.d.


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 11:44 AM

softeyes, yes, but a bit slower on the take than you.
Win. XP and Outlook Express years back, dragging a slew of mail from OE's window to a Desktop folder (Windows will say no can do with a circle/slash symbol but it works) and released the mouse outside of the receiving folder. The DT instantly populated with white envelope icons and had to move them off.

Restarted the computer, screen fills with more white envelopes as the number of emails I'd highlighted far surpassed the screen's volume for 32x32 pixel icons. About 5 restarts later I figured there's got to be an easier way. 

C:/Desktop, thanks to Google and since then Maximized the receiving folder. :)
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#3 britechguy


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 12:21 PM

Another option when you have thousands (possibly) of files that all share the same extension (e.g., .eml or .jpg) that you've dropped on your desktop (or placed anywhere you don't want them, provided what you do want at that location doesn't share their same extensions) is using the move command in command prompt (or Power Shell)


If you dropped thousands of .eml files somewhere, after you have Command Prompt open and have used the cd command to get to the directory (folder) where you dropped them, and presuming you wanted to move them all to folder C:\newstorage (and that directory/folder must already exist), all you'd have to enter is:


               move *.eml C:\newstorage


and, voila!, they're all now in the C:\newstorage directory without a trace of them having been in the original location.


See:  https://www.computerhope.com/movehlp.htm  for additional information on the move command and how to use it.  It's a lot less tedious when lots of files are involved but there's a definite pattern, whether it's in the extension of the file or the file name, that you can use to create the wildcard pattern to identify all those files in one fell swoop (and move 'em that way, too).

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