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How-To Show The Location of a File in the Quick Access Toolbar Office 2010

How-To Show The Location of a File in the Quick Access Toolbar Office 2010If your job involves working with a lot of documents and document copies, you might frequently end up wondering where the file you’re currently editing is saved. Sure, you can always goto Save-As to find the path files are being saved to however, that takes time I don’t normally have. Time to fix that with this very groovyPost!

So today I’m going to show you a really quick and useful groovyTip for all Office 2010 programs that will allow you to view the location of a file at the top of the Quick Launch Bar.

Step 1

Pick any Office 2010 product installed on your machine and open it up. To access the program’s settings, you need to go to File > Options.



Step 2

After opening Word Options find your way to the Quick Access Toolbar tab.


Step 3

Now it’s time to do what we came here for. For more ease, from the drop-down list on the left, Select Commands not in the ribbon to narrow down your search a little bit better.


Now scroll down somewhere around the middle of the letter “D” until you find Document Location. Then single click to mark the feature then click the Add button to add the feature to add it to the Quick Launch Bar on the right..


Once in the Quick Launch Bar List (right side) you can mark it again and use the two arrows to move it up or down.  Personally, I’ll keep mine at the end.


Once done, Click OK and you’ll be all done!


Do you have a groovy Office 2010 tip?  Please share in the comments below!

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20 Responses to How-To Show The Location of a File in the Quick Access Toolbar Office 2010

  1. Ziggy April 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    Thanks…Nifty idea! I now have a better understand of the Quick Launch toolbar in Word 10. Keep up the good work.

  2. Stu November 29, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    For MS Access, “Document Location” does not appear as a command option. I used to do this via View –> Toolbars –> Web, but that is no longer an option. Any suggestions?

  3. Grant March 21, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Thanks for your help, works for me

  4. Oll Once May 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Thank you for this helpful hint.

  5. wakebreak June 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    How do you implement this in Visio 2010?!?!?

    • DW96 June 20, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

      Hey there wakebreak!

      I think the process is pretty much the same. Just press the upper left button in Visio and look for the Options menu from there.
      If there’s something different about it I’ll make sure to post a tutorial on how to enable this feature in Visio and other Office products.

      • jolus July 12, 2012 at 6:50 am #

        I’m afraid my Visio does not have command “Document Location” available – so any thoughts for a workaround?

        • Malene February 26, 2013 at 5:15 am #

          Is there any news on the Document location in other Office programs?

  6. Kyr July 30, 2012 at 3:21 am #

    Great tip! Thank! Now the only problem is that the path is too long to fit in the tiny box…

    • Steve Krause July 30, 2012 at 9:46 am #


      Too True…. Will start working on that one!

  7. Douglas October 2, 2012 at 8:07 pm #


  8. Cornelius October 17, 2012 at 12:59 am #

    Thanks. This was exactly what I was looking for. Great

  9. user1 October 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    Good Job. Thanks

  10. Matt June 21, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    Very good and helpful post. Thank you.

  11. Valerie July 29, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Thanks so much – don’t know why Microsoft Support could not answer this question. Their solution involved writing and installing a complicated macro!

  12. David September 10, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

    Thanks Stefan. I always forget how to set this up when I’m “upgraded” at work!

  13. syogipc November 6, 2014 at 1:30 am #

    Thank You,

  14. Lisa Sabol April 28, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

    Great tip. Thanks!

  15. Gary Anderson July 22, 2016 at 10:12 am #

    I have Windows 10, and when I go to “Commands not in Ribbon” there is no option (or icon) to show “document location”. I am still unable to add the path & filename to a document outside of header or footer. Any other help you can give?

  16. Mohamed September 26, 2016 at 7:03 am #

    For People asking about how to show the file path on MS Access 2013 (May work also in other versions and programs) you can do this by removing the “Application Title”. Because MS Access displays the file path if Application Title not found. to remove the Application title go in this menu selections then clear the “Application Title”:
    File->Options->Current Database-> Application Title

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