What’s the difference between copy, cut, move to, sync and send to?

Overlod Eyser October 24, 2012

What’s the difference between copy, cut, move to, sync and send to?

I have been using computer for about a year or two but I didn’t what is the difference between all of these.


  1. Jake Thompson
    November 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    If you copy the data, it will remain in your document, but if you cut the data, it will not remain in your document.Source: http://www.wdell.com/support/clipboard.html

  2. shaurya gupta
    October 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    In the non geek language,
    cut = move to(except for move to allows you to have a location)
    copy(create a duplicate)
    sync(updating a file from one device to all connected ones)
    send to(allows you to send a file to some app or location or create shortcut)

  3. Vipul Bansal
    October 25, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    COPY=SEND- your data gets copied to a virtual clipboard and remains there until another data gets copied 'separately'. In this process your original data remains at its original position.Imagine of taking a snap of a newspaper article. This way the original location of article remains unaltered while you can use its snap at several places.

    CUT=MOVE-Same as copy except that your original data becomes unavailable from original location. Note that it is not deleted. Just imagine of a newspaper article you just cut and stuck in your diary. The article is now unavailable from newspaper and shifted to new loaction i.e. diary

  4. Dave Rimmer
    October 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Copy = Making a Copy of the same file.
    Cut = Cutting the file ie removing it to a new location
    You use the Paste option with these two.
    Move To = Exactly as it states moving the file to a new location.
    Sync = Syncing your files to a new location.
    Sent To = Sent to is most used to copy a short cut to the same file.

  5. Nick White
    October 24, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Copy adds a file/folder to the clipboard to be pasted in another location. Cut adds a file/folder to the clipboard as well, but when it is pasted it is removed from its original location. Move To will move a file/folder to a new location, similar in function to Cut/Paste. Sync will synchronize data stored on the network with data on your machine to allow you to work online on files that are usually accessed through the network. Send To allows for a variety of sharing options as well as organizational ones; files can be sent via Bluetooth, e-mail, or a program such as Skype using Send To, as well as to a compressed folder or the Desktop.

  6. Boni Oloff
    October 24, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Sorry, i forget send to, it is doing the same thing as copy, but it is done in a little different way. And sent to just in to specific place.

  7. Boni Oloff
    October 24, 2012 at 4:31 am

    OK, I will try to explain them as i know.
    1. Copy means you make duplicates of the file you want to copy.
    2. Cut means you want to move the files you cut to a new place/folder.
    3. Move to, same function as cut, but you do it in a different way.

  8. Anonymous
    October 24, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Copy is used to create an identical copy. Cut removes the item from the current location. Move to will either rename an object (if it is on the same device) or make an identical copy on another device and removing it from the original so it appears in a different location. Sync will make the source and destination (or target) identical, generally used to make identical copies of one folder on a drive byte identical to another location. In most cases, this is a bi-directional operation. Send to will send a copy of the file to another location (another drive or folder on your system), through email or fax to the recipient you select. to a compressed file, or create a shortcut to it on your desktop.

  9. Ben
    October 24, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Copy: Copiesselected content to your cache, ready for pasting.
    Cut: If the document is edittable, it deletes the selected content at the same time as copying to cache, ready for pasting.
    Move To: Saves the selected file to a new location at the same time deleting the file from the source location.
    Sync: Compares a source version of a folder/file against a destination folder/file of the same name on a different drive, and updates the destination folder/file to match the source if there are differences between them.
    Send to: Allows you to move a selected file to a range of pre-defined common locations including your desktop, your default email client for mailing, compress it as a zip file, or to one of your drives.

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