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.
Copy File or Folder Path
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!
And after clicking the Add Photos icon, Windows Explorer opens for me to navigate to the picture.
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.
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.
Now I can share the photo in the gP+ Community. Simple!
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 are some Registry hacks you can use, or just simply use this free tool called Path Copy Copy.
There are 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!