Tip: Getting File and Folder Paths

By: standss , Dec 15th, 2010

One of the things that Microsoft (for some reason) did not implement in Windows … an easy way to get the full filename (including the path) of a file. Here are the two quickest ways I know to do this:

In Windows 2000 and XP

Open Explorer and navigate to the file that you are interested in.

Click Start-Run to display the Run dialog box.
Click Delete to empty whatever is currently displayed in the Run box.

Now drag and drop the file (or folder) from the Explorer window into the Run box.

The above tip will also work in Vista and Windows 7 if you have configured it to have the Run command as part of the Start menu. However Vista and Windows 7 also has another even easier method…

In Windows Vista and Windows 7

Press and hold down the Shift Key and right-click over the file (or folder) you are interested in. Choose Copy as Path and this will copy the path to the clipboard.

You can now paste (CTRL-V) the path anywhere you want.

Why Microsoft chose to hide this option by requiring us to press Shift, I’ll never know.

4 Replies to “Tip: Getting File and Folder Paths”

  1. Great little tip! MS really leaves you clueless as to why such simple things are not built in.

    / K

  2. In Windows 7 there are a couple simpler ways to get the path to a folder.

    While browsing the folder in Windows Explorer:

    1. Left click to the right of the folders name displayed in the Location field at the top of the window.

    2. Right click in the Location field at the top of the window and choose one of the top 3 options displayed.

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