Is there an easy way to copy a file or folder path in Vista? ~ Ask The Admin

Monday, March 03, 2008

Is there an easy way to copy a file or folder path in Vista?

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Have you ever wanted to copy the path of a file located deep in your hard drive’s under belly (that you call a hard drive structure)? We are pretty sure you have one time or another, seeming that you are here at reading this article...

We previously covered how to copy a full error message to the clipboard to be googled here. That made your life easier, Right? So here is another goodie for you guys and girls running Vista.

Their are lots of reasons you could have wanted to copy that path. Looking to send the path on to share a folder or file, need to pop the full path into another application or simply for documentation purposes. No matter what you tried to use it for you know its a pain in the ass to:

  • Launch Explorer
  • Navigate to the directory
  • Then to the file
  • Select the contents of the address bar
  • Copy the path
  • Paste it in Notepad
  • Then add the filename to the end of the path.
Now that's just too many steps for something that should be simple.

Fortunately, the boys in Redmond stepped up with Windows Vista. You no longer have to jump through hoops just to copy the path to that file. [TechRepublic]

All you have to do is hold down the [Shift] key, right-click on the file or folder, and select the new command titled Copy as Path, as shown below:

When you do this, the path to the file or folder you selected is copied to the Windows Clipboard. Then you can simply paste it anywhere your copy/pasting heart desires...