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[Tip] Path Copy in Windows / File Explorer   [Tip]

By: Andrew Watson     Perth, Western Australia  
Date: Sep 02,2014 at 22:05

A Windows Explorer add-on that adds a contextual menu item on all files and folders allowing the user to copy the path in various formats.


If you need to find a file and copy the full path so you can, say, upload the file, you can do this in ZTree (CTRL+INS, Full path) or in Search Everything (right click on the file name, Copy Full Name to Clipboard), which is what I usually use to find random files, but it may be useful to have this ability in Windows / File Explorer.

You can achieve this in W/FE without having to use a utility by holding down SHIFT before you right click on the file or folder - Copy as path is then displayed.

I may have previously known about the SHIFT technique, but if I had, I had forgotten it. That is why using this utility may be useful for you or others who use your PC or on other PCs that you support. It makes the option discoverable by users who would never know or remember that the SHIFT technique exists.

[Start exasperated voice for rhetorical question]

Question to Microsoft - Why is this option hidden and where else in Windows are there hidden gems?

[End exasperated voice]

That's why I'm such a sucker for reading tips and tricks articles like the one below where the SHIFT technique is listed. Once I read it I had to find a way of making it always visible.


Andrew Watson

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