HOW  TO  COPY  A  FOLDER  OR  SUB-FOLDER


There are three main methods to copying a folder (or sub-folder). With the first method select the folder (or sub-folder) you want copying, by clicking on either its folder name or folder icon.



Fig 1.0  Select (left click on) the folder you want to COPY

In this example click on the Cooking folder (above), which is a folder in its own right but also a sub-folder of the main DOCUMENTS folder. Clicking on the Cooking folder ensures its main folder (DOCUMENTS) is the active window, which in turn means the Apple Menu Bar menus (titles) and menu-items (menu options) at the top of the desktop screen will correspond to the options available for the DOCUMENTS folder and more precisely its Cooking sub-folder.


With the folder you want copying now selected (Cooking - highlighted in blue) click on the EDIT menu (the title called: EDIT) at the top of the desktop screen to display its menu-items (options). Those EDIT Menu menu-items (options) will correspond specifically to the selected folder (Cooking).



Fig 1.1  Click on the EDIT Menu at the top of the desktop screen

Now move the mouse pointer downwards (down the EDIT Menu menu-items) until it reaches and highlights in blue the menu-item called COPY "Cooking" (or whatever your selected folder is called). From there keep the mouse pointer still, whilst it is over the highlighted menu-item called COPY "Cooking", and then click the left mouse button. So you have clicked on the highlighted menu-item called COPY "Cooking" in other words.

In order to reach a specific menu-item (i.e. COPY "Cooking") the other menu-items within that menu (i.e. EDIT menu) will become highlighted in blue, temporarily, as you go past each one. This is quite normal and a standard design of the menu system found in many, if not all, operating systems (such as Windows, Linux and OS X).



Fig 1.2  Click on the COPY "Cooking" menu-item to record information about that selected folder and its contents

Clicking on the COPY menu-item (i.e. COPY "Cooking") doesn't actually do anything visibly. Behind the scenes though the COPY function records (makes a list of) what is to be copied when you use the PASTE function (PASTE menu-item). So in this example the COPY function will make a list of where the Cooking folder and its contents (sub-folders and files) are stored on the computer (i.e. inside the main DOCUMENTS folder) along with any other information it needs to record, such as the size of each folder, sub-folder and/or file. This information is then stored inside the computer's memory ready for later use by the PASTE function (PASTE menu-item).

The second method of COPY relies on the ACTION (Spoke), drop-down menu, button being available on the selected folder's main window (the window of the DOCUMENTS folder in this example). Meaning this method should not be relied upon due to the fact that the ACTION button can be removed through folder customisation and therefore might not be available on the computer you are using. Assuming the ACTION button is available though; You use its COPY menu-item in the same way as method one above. Begin by clicking on the ACTION button of the DOCUMENTS folder to reveal its drop-down menu menu-items.



Fig 1.3  Click on the ACTION button of the DOCUMENTS folder to reveal the ACTION Drop-Down Menu menu-items

When the menu-items appear you need to move the mouse pointer downwards until it reaches and highlights in blue the menu-item called COPY "Cooking". From there you keep the mouse pointer still, whilst it is over the highlighted menu-item called COPY "Cooking", and click the left mouse button. So you have clicked on the highlighted menu-item called COPY "Cooking" in other words. This will then record the neccessary information about the selected folder (Cooking), and all the sub-folders and files within it, and store that information inside the computer's memory ready for use by the PASTE function (PASTE menu-item) as just explained above.



Fig 1.4  Click on the COPY "Cooking" menu-item to record information about that selected folder and its contents

Method three uses a Context Menu which is basically a pop-up Options Menu. It is normally activated (displayed) by clicking the right mouse button when the mouse pointer is anywhere within the white space (white/blank area) of the active window (i.e. the active DOCUMENTS folder). However. In cases where you have one or more folders selected you need to right click on one of them in order to bring up (activate/display) the context menu. If you right click when the mouse pointer is on a white space, and not on a selected folder, you will deselect (unhighlight) the selected folder and therefore bring up a context menu with irrelevant menu-items on it. So with the Cooking folder selected in this example proceed by moving the mouse pointer over that folder and clicking the right mouse button.



Fig 1.5  Move the mouse pointer over the selected folder and then click the right mouse button to display the context menu

With the menu-items revealed move the mouse pointer downwards, over each menu-item, until you have the menu-item called COPY "Cooking" highlighted in blue. From there keep the mouse pointer still, whilst it is over the highlighted menu-item called COPY "Cooking", and click the left mouse button. So you have clicked on the highlighted menu-item called COPY "Cooking" in other words. This will then record the neccessary information about the selected folder (Cooking), and all the sub-folders and files within it, and store that information inside the computer's memory ready for use by the PASTE function (PASTE menu-item) as explained above.



Fig 1.6  Click on the COPY "Cooking" menu-item to record information about that selected folder and its contents

As said above; If you have a folder selected but then click the right mouse button on a white area of the main folder (DOCUMENTS) you will deselect the selected folder and also bring up a context menu with irrelevant menu-items on it - A context menu with no COPY menu-item on it for example simply because there is nothing selected that can be copied.



Fig 1.7  Irrelevant menu-items will be displayed on the context menu when you right click on a white space of the main folder

If you have more than one folder selected the COPY menu-item will not list those folders by name. It will list them by the number of items selected instead. In the following example I have gone inside (opened) the Cooking folder, by double clicking on it, and then selected the three folders (sub-folders) inside it. Right clicking on anyone of those three selected folders makes the COPY "3 Items" menu-item appear whereby clicking on that COPY "3 Items" menu-item would perform the COPY, as above.



Fig 1.8  Right Clicking on anyone of the three selected folders makes the COPY "3 Items" menu-item appear

If you don't have a mouse with a right click on it, for whatever reason(s), you can always emulate the right mouse click - Press the CTRL (CONTROL) keyboard key down and with it held down then click the left mouse button. This will then bring up the context (options) menu for that application, folder or whatever.