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How To Copy a File or Folder Path in Windows

When you’re changing your avatar, uploading a document, or posting a picture on a social site. Usually you get a Choose File option, then need to navigate through Windows Explorer to find it. Here’s a cool trick that allows you to copy the path of a file to the clipboard, and simply paste it in without hassle.

As an example, here I want to post a photo in our gP+ Community — which you’re more than welcome to join by the way!

Add Photo gP

And after clicking the Add Photos icon, Windows Explorer opens for me to navigate to the picture.

Windows Explorer

Sometimes it’s easier to just copy the exact path of a file – in this case a picture – to the clipboard and just paste it into the File Name field. To do so, hold down the Shift key and Right Click the file you want, and select Copy As Path.

Note: If you don’t hold down the Shift key when you right click the file, you won’t see the Copy As Path option.

COpy as Path

Now just go to where you’re sharing the file, and use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + V to paste the file path into the File Name field and hit Enter or Click OK. Of course you always right click in the field to paste the path it too.

File Name

Now I can share the photo in the gP+ Community. Simple!

Share Photo

You can also use the Copy as Path option on Folders.


This trick works in Windows 8 / RT, Windows 7, and Vista. If you want to add this functionality to XP, there’s some Registry hacks you can use, or just simply use this free tool called Path Copy Copy.

There’s several ways this trick comes in handy while navigating around Windows and sharing files. Especially if you’re already in the folder of the file you need to share. Try it out, and over time, you’ll realize what a handy time saver it is!

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2 Responses to How To Copy a File or Folder Path in Windows

  1. kay krause April 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Enjoyed the instructions, I will need further assistance one/one the picture of snow in Minn. yes here in Western Washington Snohomish Pass and Stevens pass at least 10 to 12 feet of snow still as of April 15, 2013 leaving for florida next tuesday ha ha

  2. Greg June 4, 2015 at 10:22 am #


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