Re: Copying a File Path


Hi Rebecca and List,


I confess I haven't read but a couple of the latest posts to this thread so if I'm repeating something, I apologize. Also, I've been known to install a variety of program utilities so it's very possible that what I see when viewing a file's context menu in Windows Explorer might be different from what you see especially as I'm running Windows 7. When I right click or shift F10 on a file in a Windows Explorer dialog, one of the choices I have toward the top of the menu list is Copy full name to clipboard. I notice when I peruse through my clipboard database using Ditto, I get the exact results when choosing Copy as path discussed below as I do when selecting Copy full name to clipboard on my usual context menu.


I just wanted to share this in case others might have the same option to see if they also get the full path without the need for using the shift key before launching the context menu.


Alan Lemly


From: [] On Behalf Of Rebecca Lineberger
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2018 12:41 AM
To: JAWS Users List
Subject: [jaws-users] Copying a File Path


I apologize if this repeats information already given. I send this along because others may have been working under the same incorrect assumption that I was.  Smile.

Maybe this is something though that has changed with Windows 10 and I never knew!  Thank you Microsoft!  LOL.

I’ve always used the application or context menu key, since it’s easier for my hands than shift-f10.  I’d always thought that the two were equivalent.  But, at least on my system (Windows 1803) they don’t seem to be.  Sigh.  And maybe I’ve never noticed because I’ve always gone to properties to get a file path.  Now there’s a much quicker way!  Smile.

With just the context menu key, I get a menu of choices, just as a sighted person gets when they right-click with the mouse.  But when I add shift to the press of the context menu key (or just press shift-f10, as people have to do who have no application or context menu key) there it is, as is explained in the article below—except that it’s written for mouse-users, so they talk about shift-right-clicking.

Quick Tip: Use the Right-Click Menu to Copy a File Path


Jim Tanous

on August 1, 2017 at 10:24 AM

Sometimes you need to make a note of the exact path of a file in Windows when, for example, troubleshooting an issue, editing batch scripts, programming,

or simply for file management purposes.


Instead of typing out a file’s path by hand, or trying to grab it from the file or folder’s Properties window, why not use a quick and easy Windows trick?

When you right-click on a file by default, this is what you see (your right-click menu may look different based on your version of Windows and the applications

installed on your PC):


windows 10 right click menu


But if instead you press and hold the Shift key before right-clicking, you’ll instead see this:


windows 10 copy as path


It’s a similar list of commands, but notice that new one highlighted in red? That’s right, when you Shift + Right-Click on a file or folder, you’ll get

a new option to Copy as Path. Instead of copying the file, this puts the file’s path in your clipboard, where you can then paste it wherever it’s needed.


windows 10 cmd paste path


Nothing groundbreaking, for sure, but it’s a handy, relatively unknown tip that can make many file-based tasks much quicker to deal with.

I hope this helps others as it did me.  Smile.





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