Howto: Select “No to all” when copying files in Windows XP


This one has driven me crazy for years – I was copying the contents of one directory to another, and I asked if I would like to overwrite files that already existed in the destination directory. I was presented with a “Yes to All” option, but not a “No to All” choice.

I found an undocumented feature of Windows Explorer that allows you to respond “No to All” to the prompt:

Holding down the Shift key while clicking “No” will tell Windows “No to All” for the remaining files. You’ll be prompted again when Windows gets to the first folder in the copy process – just hold down Shift and click “no” to tell XP “No to All” for folders.

3 Responses to “Howto: Select “No to all” when copying files in Windows XP”

  1. Jon’s Geek Stuff … & Stuff » Howto: Select “No to all” when copying files in Windows XP Says:

    […] Howto: Select “No to all” when copying files in Windows XP […]

  2. chris Says:

    GREAT i been wondering this for years too

  3. EsseQuamVideri Says:

    This is awesome. Why they don’t have the actual button for this I have no idea. Thanks!


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