This week I was working on a project where I needed to embed the file name into a document. Typically, I open the File Properties dialog on Windows and grab the name, which includes the location. This time, I had issues. I couldn’t see the whole path and my mouse skills weren’t up to norm. It’s during those times that you look for Plan B, which was one of those old solutions I had forgotten – copy as path.
Using File Properties Dialog
This is my Plan A way of getting the full Windows file location.
- Right-click the file name from Windows Explorer and select Properties from the pop-up menu.
- Look for the Location field.
- If the file path is short, you can highlight and use Copy.
- Otherwise, double-click one the words in the location field to highlight it.
- Right-click and select Select All from the pop up menu.
- Paste the file name and path into your document.
Finding the Path with the Shift Key
Perhaps, an easier way to do this is to use your shift key. One note is your pop-up menu may look different because because of the programs you have installed.
- Open Windows Explorer and find your file.
- Press Shift and right-click with your mouse.
- Your pop up menu will have several more options.
- Select Copy as Path
- Paste where needed.
Now, I just need a system to remind me to use the Shift key because it often changes your options.