Move - DOS/Command Prompt Reference
Moves files. Or renames the directory name.
move [/Y | /-Y] <source>[,<source2>...] <destination>
|<source>||Specifies the source file/directory name to move or rename (directory only). You can use wildcards to specify multiple files/directories.|
[MS-DOS, Windows 95/98/Me only] You can specify multiple files/directories by separating with ‘,’. Note that spaces cannot be included before and after ‘,’.
[Windows NT series] You cannot specify multiples with ‘,’.
Specifies the destination file/directory name for move, or specifies the directory name after rename. If a single file or directory is specified as a source, its name is renamed to <destination>.
If multiple files or directories are specified as sources, you can only specify a directory name to <destination>.
[MS-DOS, Windows 95/98/Me only] When the destination directory does not exist, Move prompts to create the directory.
[Windows NT series] If <source> does not refer to the directory, and the directory <destination> does not exist, an error occurs.
Suppresses prompting to confirm whether to overwrite the destination file(s) even if it exists.
[MS-DOS, Windows 95/98/Me only] If the destination directory does not exist, Move creates the directory automatically without prompting to confirm.
|/-Y||Prompts to confirm whether to overwrite the destination file(s) if it exists (even if ‘/Y’ is specified to the environment variable COPYCMD).|
This command moves files and directories. To copy instead of move, use Copy command.
When multiple files or directories (including using wildcards) are specified as move source, you must specify a directory name as the move destination. If you specify a file name as the destination, an error occurs.
[MS-DOS only] When renaming a directory name, the destination directory name must belong to the same parent directory for the source directory.
move *.log C:\Logs\Current
Moves files with the extensions ‘.log’ in the current directory to the directory C:\Logs\Current.
move /Y MyFile.txt,MyData.xls D:\Keep
[MS-DOS, Windows 95/98/Me only] Move the file MyFile.txt and MyData.xls to the directory D:\Keep. If D:\Keep exists and MyFile.txt and MyData.xls already exist, the files will be overwritten. If D:\Keep does not exist, it will be created.
move C:\Logs\Current C:\Logs\2007
Renames the directory C:\Logs\Current to C:\Logs\2007.