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Windows Explorer - store text string showing path and filename of selected file in the Windows clipb

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Musawwir Spiegel, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. Musawwir Spiegel

    Musawwir Spiegel Flightless Bird

    In the Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP, one of the "toys" would
    enable the user to point to a particular filename and then on a right
    mouse click context menu place in the Windows clipboard the full path
    and filename. In Windows Vista I recall some way of doing the same
    thing.

    In Windows 7 I don't see any way to do that except to create a
    shortcut to the file and then capture the filename and path from the
    target window of the properties dialog of the shortcut.

    Does anybody have a more direct way of capturing the path and filename
    of selected file in the Windows clipboard?
     
  2. Musawwir Spiegel

    Musawwir Spiegel Flightless Bird

    After I posted my question, I saw that Al Dykes had posted the same
    question as mine. I hadn't recognized this before I posted because
    his subject line "a W7 file explorer GUI question" didn't make it
    clear to me what his post was about.

    Anyway, among the answers posted as replies to his message was the
    response of Dave UK, who advised that one press Shift-Right Click on
    the file name and among the context menu that appears there were at
    least two ways of capturing the filename and path.

    Thank you Dave UK.


    Musawwir Spiegel <musman@aprilfool.info> wrote:

    >In the Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP, one of the "toys" would
    >enable the user to point to a particular filename and then on a right
    >mouse click context menu place in the Windows clipboard the full path
    >and filename. In Windows Vista I recall some way of doing the same
    >thing.
    >
    >In Windows 7 I don't see any way to do that except to create a
    >shortcut to the file and then capture the filename and path from the
    >target window of the properties dialog of the shortcut.
    >
    >Does anybody have a more direct way of capturing the path and filename
    >of selected file in the Windows clipboard?
     
  3. johnbee

    johnbee Flightless Bird

    "Musawwir Spiegel" <musman@aprilfool.info> wrote in message
    news:8257b65mlgbumvt7i9lc5hac187dij0f7u@4ax.com...
    > In the Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP, one of the "toys" would
    > enable the user to point to a particular filename and then on a right
    > mouse click context menu place in the Windows clipboard the full path
    > and filename. In Windows Vista I recall some way of doing the same
    > thing.
    >
    > In Windows 7 I don't see any way to do that except to create a
    > shortcut to the file and then capture the filename and path from the
    > target window of the properties dialog of the shortcut.
    >
    > Does anybody have a more direct way of capturing the path and filename
    > of selected file in the Windows clipboard?


    Somebody else asked this: I had no idea that it was possible but one of the
    guys here explained that if you hold down shift and right click on the file
    or folder, one of the options is 'Copy as Path'. That does the trick.
     

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