We may need the full path of a file, folder, or document on our PC while performing certain tasks. We often need to copy and paste a file path as a link in the Windows Command Prompt. If you have to upload a file or image, you can save yourself from navigating to the file simply by pasting the full path of a file in the upload dialog box. Here’re some easy ways to find a file path on Windows 10 or 11 and copy it to the clipboard.
The idea of writing this tutorial occurred to me when I needed to type the full path of a file to check its MD5 checksum. Typing the path of a file is a clumsy job. However, if you know about the 7 handy methods to get the full path of a file or document on Windows 10, things will really be a lot easier. Below, we’ll also check out how we can copy a folder path on Windows. File Explorer is very user-friendly. However, if you want a change, you should consider trying these best Windows File Explorer alternatives.
Copy the Full Path of a File or Folder on Windows
1. Via Context Menu
This is the quickest way to copy the full path of a file or folder on a Windows 10 or 11 PC. The method is so easy that it doesn’t require steps.
- Press and hold the Shift Key and right-click on a file or folder you want to copy the full path of.
- Now, click the Copy as path option from the Windows context menu.
- That’s it! The full location path of the selected file or folder will be copied to the clipboard. You can now paste the copied path in a Command Prompt or Power Shell window or file upload dialog box. Please note that the file path will be wrapped inside double inverted commas.
2. Via File Explorer Ribbon
Another easy way to copy the full path of files and folders on Windows is via the File Explorer ribbon. Unlike the previous method, this does not work on the desktop screen.
- Navigate to the folder or file you want to copy the full path of.
- Double-click the Home tab in the File Explorer window.
- Select the file or folder and then click on the Copy path option. You can also select the file first and then single-click the Home tab to get the Copy path option.
- You are now all set to paste the copied file or folder path anywhere.
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3. Using Run Command Window
- Press Win+R on your keyboard to launch the Run command window. You can also launch the Run from the Windows 10 Start right-click context menu.
- Now, drag the file or folder you want to find the full path of.
- You’ll see the full path of the file or folder in the Run command window.
- Just copy the file path to use it anywhere you want.
4. Via File Explorer Address Bar
- While in File Explorer, right-click the folder address bar.
- Click on either Copy address or Copy address as text option to copy the folder path.
- The folder path address will be copied to the clipboard. You can easily paste it using Ctrl+V.
5. Using Keyboard Shortcuts
There are 2 more ways to quickly copy the full path of a folder on Windows 10 and 11.
- While in the File Explorer window, use one of the following keyboard shortcuts to copy the full path of a folder and copy it using Ctrl+C.
- Alternatively, you can simply click in the File Explorer address bar to find the full path of a folder and use Ctrl+C to copy it.
6. Via File Properties
This is a very easy method if you want to find the folder path of a file.
- Right-click the file and folder you want to find the path of.
- Click on Properties.
- In the file properties window, highlight the file location and perform a right-click.
- Select the Copy option from the context menu.
Now that you have learned to find the path of a folder, you should also check out how you can lock folders on your Windows computer.
7. Using Windows Search Feature
Finally, here is another easy method to find and copy the full path of any file or folder using the Windows Search feature.
- Click on the Search icon on the taskbar or use the Win+S shortcut.
- Now type the name of the file or folder you want to find or copy the path of.
- On the right pane of the Search window, you’ll see the full path of the folder in question. If you want to copy the full path of the file, click on the Copy full path option.
- Thus, you can easily copy the full path of any file or folder on your PC.
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Always Show Full Path in File Explorer’s Title Bar
In case you want your Windows 10 PC to show the full path of files or folders in the title bar of File Explorer all the time, follow the steps given below. Here are some cool Windows File Explorer shortcuts to help you use it like a pro.
- Press Win+S or click on the Search icon on the Windows 10 taskbar, and type “file explorer options” and “folder options” and select File Explorer Options. On older versions of Windows, open the Start Menu and type “folder options” and select Folder Options to open it.
- When the File Explorer Options window pops up, click on the View tab.
- Look for Display the full path in the title bar options under Files and Folders and enable it.
- Finally, click on Apply.
That’s it! You will now see the full path of a file or folder on the title bar of the File Explorer window as shown below.
Thus, we discussed all possible ways to find the folder path and copy the file path on Windows 10 and 11. Should you have any questions related to this article, please drop a comment below.
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Thoroughly explained and covered. and a beautiful visual layout that’s very easy to read and understand, even for an old man with weak eyes, like me. Thank you, kindly. 🙂
Thanks a lot for your appreciation, sir! I am glad my tutorial helped you learn the various ways to copy file and folder path on Windows.
Two more methods — Voidtools’ indispensable ‘Everything’ program has an option to copy a file path to the clipboard, while SendTo Toys from Gabriele Ponti dot com include a right-click option to do the same.
Very interesting article, thank you.
Nevertheless, I would like to add what imho is the simplest yet most powerful method to get the full path of a file into the clipboard (that is where you want to get it most of the time).
1 – Start Notepad
2 – Copy and Paste the following text:
@echo %1 | clip
3 – Save the file as “CopyAsPath.bat”
Now you can either
1 – drag a file over that batch
2 – copy it into your SendTo menu folder (%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo)
Whether you follow option 1 or option 2, one millisecond later you can either “press Ctrl-V” or use “Right Mouse Click -> Paste” to paste the full path+filename wherever you want.
Simple, powerful, and without using any external tool.