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Paths are necessary when you need to move a command prompt or PowerShell window to another directory, or when you need to open or execute a file. They are also used in scripts and may even be needed to access files over the network. A file or folder path is essentially an address that tells applications and other systems, as well as your operating system, where to find a file or folder.
Here are three simple ways to get the full path to a file or folder in Windows 10.
By default, the title bar of a File Explorer window displays only the folder name. And while this may not mean much for most quick tasks, there are times when you need more information.
In this case, the full path to the file is displayed, among other things, which can be useful when you are trying to better organize your files or to deduce where you might find other files and folders like the one you are viewing.
Copying the file or folder path in Windows 10
Fortunately, there is a layout that allows you to simply copy the full path of a file or folder to the clipboard. This is all thanks to Windows, which is constantly being updated with new features that make our lives much easier. In the previous version of Windows, there is an option called Copy Path in the file context menu that allows you to copy the path of a file or folder and paste it to the clipboard. In Windows 10, the Copy Path button in the File Explorer is moved to the Start tab area.
- Open Windows File Explorer and navigate to the location of the file whose path you want to copy. Select the file or folder you want to copy.
- Click the Copy Path button on the Home tab ribbon to copy the path of the selected file or folder.
- Now paste the path to the desired location or to a clipboard.
Display the full name or path in the File Explorer title bar using the Folder Options
- Open the File Explorer options, click/tap the View tab and do step 2 or step 3 below what you want to do.
- Select the Show Conflicts option in the title bar, select the Full Path check box in the Conflicts field and then click/press OK.
- Click to clear the Show full path in the title bar check box and then click/press OK.
When we access a file or folder with Windows 10’s File Explorer, we can see the path to the file in the title bar. The title bar is the top red or green striped bar that indicates the path to the open file. By default, the title bar does not display the full path, but Windows has given you the option to customize the option and enable the display of the full path of files and folders in the title bar.
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