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How can I move all files to the parent folder using windows cmd command

For Example:

I have

  • C:\Folder\Subfolder1\SubfolderA\file1.pdf
  • C:\Folder\Subfolder1\SubfolderB\file2.pdf
  • C:\Folder\Subfolder1\Subfolderc\file3.pdf

And I just want to have this path:

  • C:\Folder\Subfolder1\SubfolderA
  • C:\Folder\Subfolder1\SubfolderB
  • C:\Folder\Subfolder1\Subfolderc
  • C:\Folder\Subfolder1\file1.pdf
  • C:\Folder\Subfolder1\file2.pdf
  • C:\Folder\Subfolder1\file3.pdf

I am using Windows 7, and tried different commands in CMD, like:

Move C:\Folder\Subfolder1\SubfolderA\*.* C:\Folder\Subfolder1\SubfolderA

I spent almost a day exploring different solutions to do this since I am working around thousands of files; and so impractical to do this manually.


  1. I think I understood you correctly, so, below there's the solution.

    Imagine there are two folders:


    and C:\ABC\XYZ

    to transfer all files from C:\ABC\XYZ to C:\ABC do the following:

    1. Navigate to C:\ABC\XYZ

    2. Execute the command: move *.* ..

    and that's it.

    All files from C:\ABC\XYZ will be moved to the parent folder, i.e to C:\ABC\

    Below, there are pictures to demonstrate this solution.

    • Folder ABC contains XYZ folder

    folder ABC contains XYZ folder

    • we navigate to XYZ and there are some files exist

    we navigate to XYZ and there are some files exist

    • We execute move *.* .. command to transfer files to the parent (ABC) folder

    we execute "move" command

    • now XYZ is empty

    now XYZ is empty

    And all files from XYZ are in ABC (parent folder) now

    and all files from XYZ are in ABC now

  2. 参考答案2
  3. Try this command

    for /d %A in ("D:\Shawu\Access\Main\*") do @(pushd "%A"&(for /r /d %B in (*) do @move /y "%B\*" "%A" 2>nul)&popd)

    Be careful of files with duplicate names. It will overwrite. I would recommend you to try first with some test file to see whether you get the desired results.