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Sunday, 29 June 2014



Quick Weekend Tips


About the Quick Weekend Tips (QWT) post series



QWT is a series of posts that are different from the “typical” posts that are being published in this blog. As the name implies the posts are published during the weekends (Saturday or Sunday) and their subject is quick/short tips about various applications (Excel, Word, Power Point, AutoCAD etc.). These quick tips are accompanied with step by step instructions, as well as with a lot of pictures.



QWT 5: Copy The Full Path Of A File/Folder To The Windows Clipboard



According to Wikipedia: “A full path or absolute path is a path that points to the same location on one file system regardless of the present working directory or combined paths. It is usually written in reference to a root directory”. There are several instances in which the complete path of a file or folder is required. 
  • Folder path example: “C:\Users\Christos\Downloads”
  • File path example: “C:\Users\Christos\Desktop\An Introduction To Pressure Vessels.pdf”
Below you will find two ways to get the full path of a file or folder; the second one is much easier and can be applied to get the full path of multiple folders/files at once.



Using the Security tab of Properties window



Step 1: Right click on the file/folder you want to copy its path.
Step 2: From the right-click shortcut menu that pops up select the Properties option.

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Step 3: On the Properties window that pops up select the Security tab.
Step 4: Just next to the Object name label select the full path of your file/folder. The selection works similar to the selection of a word on a MS Word. Click just before the first character of the path and then drag the mouse until the entire path is selected.
Step 5: Press CTRL + C to copy the path.
Step 6: Exit from the Properties window by either pressing the Cancel or even the OK button.

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Optional step: Only for validation purposes, open Notepad or Word and press CTRL + V to paste the path. If you have completed the previous steps successfully the full folder/file path will be shown similar to the picture below:

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Using the Shift key and Copy as path option



The second method is much simpler and involves only two steps:
Step 1: Hold on the SHIFT key of your keyboard and right click on the file/folder you want to copy its path.
Step 2: From the right-click shortcut menu that pops up select the Copy as path option and the path will be copied to the clipboard!

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Optional step: Again, just for validation, open Notepad or Word and press CTRL + V to paste the path. Note, that, contrary to the first method, the path appears inside quotation marks – “”.

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Bonus section: multiple folders/files



Apart from its simplicity, the second method has a significant advantage over the first method: it works also with multiple folders or files. So, if you select multiple files, as shown in the picture below:

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And repeat the second method – press the SHIFT key on keyboard and select the Copy as path option from the right-click shortcut menu – the results on Notepad would look like this:

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Limitation



Note that both methods work on Windows Vista and newer Windows versions (7, 8 and 8.1), so none of the above can be applied on Windows XP for example.

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