How extract files from nested folders - is there an app?

  1.    10 Feb 2018 #1

    How extract files from nested folders - is there an app?

    I have one primary folder and, under it, are nested folders - perhaps 3 to 5 deep. Is there an easy way to extract the files so that I end up with the primary folder and no subfolders - just all the files?
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  2.    10 Feb 2018 #2

    If it's a one-time thing you can go to the primary folder and enter "*" in the search box. That will bring up all the files and folders under the primary. Then you can select just the files and cut+paste them.

    If you need to do this regularly then you can write a batch file/script. Something like
    C:\temp>cd primary
    C:\temp\primary>for /f "tokens=*" %X in ('dir /b /s /a:d') do copy "%X" .
    (adapted from for /d - Loop through directory - Windows CMD - )
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  3. Posts : 1,134
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       10 Feb 2018 #3


    I use this batch file. I call it FlatFileCopierToDesktop.bat but you can call it whatever you want.

    :: Put this batch file in the highest level folder of the set you want to work through, it will copy all the files to a folder of your choice
    :: Put in your chosen target folder in place of my D:\Desktop\FlatFileCopies.  Choosing a target folder that the batch file has to make is merely how I use this - you could use an existing folder and ditch the line beginning md ...
    :: If you want only certain files, replace (*) with (*.txt) or similar
    Set TargetFolder=D:\Desktop\FlatFileCopies
    md "%TargetFolder%" 
    for /r %%d in (*) do copy "%%d" "%TargetFolder%"
    Pause to check afterwards
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  4.    11 Feb 2018 #4

    Any file manager/exploer with the ability to do a recursive search, that is, explore the files in nested folders, should achieve your goal.

    I personally use XNView, installed, for the right-click context menu recursive (show all files) search. Select all, drag-and-drop to another folder or to the parent folder. There is a portable zip version for a one-time use.
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  5.    11 Feb 2018 #5

    All these solutions are great - thank you very much.

    I tried the first one (use an "*") and it seems to have worked for what I want it for. I'd like to try the others too - but I don't know how to use or insert batch files. By tomorrow, I intend to reply to those posts that require code. If you're willing to guide me a little, I'd like to learn. Thank you!
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  6. Posts : 1,134
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       12 Feb 2018 #6

    I started learning about batch files by reading this guide - The Command Line in Windows Batch file basics

    I then moved on to Rob van der Woude's guides and examples - Batch files - RobvdW

    But if you are going to sit down and systematically study something, consider studying Powershell instead - it is a structured set of commands & MS regard it as supplanting command window commands & batch files.
    Start with PowerShell Scripting - The Basics - TenForums,
    then PowerShell Scripting - Run a Script from Shortcut - TenForums
    After that, I am not at all sure which one to recommend. You could try downloading & studying Getting Started with PowerShell - Shepard

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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1809 (OS Build 17763.253)
       12 Feb 2018 #7

    Another good place to poke around is
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  8.    13 Feb 2018 #8

    Thanks, folks, for the guidance.
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