Thursday, January 23, 2014

How to Copy a File Path from Windows Explorer

When you are browsing through files in Window Explorer and you wish to copy the file name with its entire file path, what do you do?

You can use the Windows context menu. If you select the file and do a right-click, you should see the a context menu with familiar options like Open, New, Print and Save As.

Now, if you hold down the Shift key while you right-click, Windows will present additional options in the context menu. One of these items is the Copy as path option, as show below (left menu)

Left context menu with additional Copy as path item, right menu without
Context menu has additional items when opened while the Shift key is held down
Click on that option. The full path of the file will be automatically copied onto the system clipboard. Now, go to where you want to paste it and do a Control+V, and you should get the full file name of the file.

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