Copy Method (FileSystemObject)

Copies a specified file or folder from one location to another.

object.Copy( destination[, overwrite] ); 


  • object
    Required. Always the name of a File or Folder object.

  • destination
    Required. Destination where the file or folder is to be copied. Wildcard characters are not allowed.

  • overwrite
    Optional. Boolean value that is True (default) if existing files or folders are to be overwritten; False if they are not.


The results of the Copy method on a File or Folder are identical to operations performed using FileSystemObject.CopyFile or FileSystemObject.CopyFolder where the file or folder referred to by object is passed as an argument. You should note, however, that the alternative methods are capable of copying multiple files or folders.


The following example illustrates the use of the Copy method.

var fso, f;
fso = new ActiveXObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject");
f = fso.CreateTextFile("c:\\testfile.txt", true);
f.WriteLine("This is a test.");
f = fso.GetFile("c:\\testfile.txt");
Dim fso, MyFile
Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set MyFile = fso.CreateTextFile("c:\testfile.txt", True)
MyFile.WriteLine("This is a test.")
Set MyFile = fso.GetFile("c:\testfile.txt")
MyFile.Copy ("c:\windows\desktop\test2.txt")

Applies To:

File Object| Folder Object

See Also


CopyFile Method

CopyFolder Method

Delete Method

Move Method

OpenAsTextStream Method