I accidentally copied A LOT of files to the same directory, and they now all end in - Copy, like i would have a file called song.mp3 and another one called song - Copy.mp3. Is there a quick and easy way to remove all the copies?

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Click in the blank space in the address bar of File Explorer, type cmd, and press Enter. A command prompt window appears. Type del "* - Copy.*" and press Enter. That command erases (permanently!) all files whose titles end with - Copy.

If you're worried about transcribing the command incorrectly, you can make a copy of the whole folder first.

In the future, you can press Ctrl+Z to undo a copy operation as long as you perform no other file management operations in the intervening time.

  • thanks! I missed the closing quotation the first time, and I'm using Recuva to recover them all (its going to take a while, a few GB of songs). I'll test your command after its done!
    – Jeffmagma
    Dec 27, 2015 at 1:50
  • @Jeffmagma The closing quotation actually doesn't matter, but the opening one certainly does. del should have given you a warning before erasing all files in the folder, though. Interesting.
    – Ben N
    Dec 27, 2015 at 1:52
  • I thought the first one was a stray quotation and i thought the prompt was normal... seems like I have quite a bit to learn about these commands
    – Jeffmagma
    Dec 28, 2015 at 20:19

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