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When copying files in Windows 7, is there a button I can hold to skip the overwrite confirmation dialogs? E.g. if I know the files exist in the destination folder and I already know I want to overwrite them all, I'd like to be able to hold Ctrl for copy and then Shift for auto-overwrite (no prompt).

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Maybe you should look into some sort of folder sync software. –  Moab Apr 23 '12 at 14:13
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Thanks but this isn't really for syncing, it's just one-off copying from any random location to another. –  Josh M. Apr 23 '12 at 18:17
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Open a powershell window and use its copy-item cmdlet with -recurse -force to overwrite. This would be a reasonable workaround.

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Yeah it's annoying. You could try Classic Shell, which will give you XP's copy/paste overwrite all y/n style.

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Use

xcopy <source> <destination> /S /E /Y

That should be sufficient.

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Maybe I misunderstand the question. But you can turn off the overwrite question by going to the Desktop, right-clicking on Recycle Bin, and choosing Properties > uncheck the "Display delete confirmation dialog" box.

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