There are many tasks that we carry out today with our Windows 10-based computer, but most of them have a common denominator. Specifically, we mean that a good part of these tasks are based on working with files and folders that we have saved. Surely on some occasion we can consider the need to obtain the full path of a file or a folder, something that we can obtain in different ways.
Whether from the operating system itself, or for its own use, these elements are essential for proper operation. That is why power, or knowing how to handle ourselves in the best way with these files or directories, is basic for most. Therefore, Windows 10 offers us several functions for this, highlighting the Windows 10 File Explorer, in addition to the third-party applications that we can use.
We tell you all that because, as you already know, the routes where all this is stored are necessary for many of these jobs. For example, we will need them when we have to move a folder from the Command Prompt or PowerShell to a different one, or when we need to open or execute a specific file. Similarly, content paths may be necessary to access files over the network. That is why today we are going to show you different ways we have to be able to obtain the full path of any folder or file in Windows 10
Get the path of any folder or file with File Explorer
It should be mentioned that a file or folder path is basically an address that tells applications and systems, as well as the operating system, where to find that content. That is why, to speed up these processes that we are commenting on, among many others that may arise, we are going to help you. Therefore we are going to show you the fastest ways to obtain the path of any file or folder in Windows 10. For this we have different ways to do it from the File Explorer.
Unlike doing it from the contextual menu, this option does not work on the desktop screen, but we must enter the Explorer directly. To do this, we must navigate to the folder which we want to copy the full path. Later we must click on the “Start” tab in the File Explorer window. Next, we select the folder and in the toolbar at the top we must click on the option «Copy path». In this way the folder path will be copied to the clipboard. In this way, it will only be necessary to paste it in the necessary place, either from the contextual menu options or using the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + V”.
Also, when entering the desired folder from the File Explorer, we can click directly on the address bar. This will make us see the full path of the folder that we want to copy automatically.
In the same way, it is also possible to right-click on the folder’s address bar, so that a small menu appears where we must select the option “Copy address” or “Copy address as text” to obtain the folder path on the clipboard and paste it in the desired place.
Other ways to copy the path of a folder
When it comes to obtaining a full path to a folder or file, File Explorer is undoubtedly the most common way to do it, but it cannot be considered the only way for that. And it is that Windows 10 offers us other ways that will allow us to know the exact location of any folder that we need. To do this, it has other resources such as using the contextual menu or the folder properties. You can also find out by using the Run command and the Windows search bar, located next to the Start menu.
From the Windows context menu
This method is the simplest and works for both files and folders. All we have to do is use the Windows 10 context menu. So, all we have to do in this case is go to the corresponding file or folder, and holding down the Shift key , we right-click. Immediately in the context menu we will get the option to “Copy as path”. We select it so that it is saved in the Windows clipboard, so that we can paste it in the desired place. If we want to check what the path is, we can choose to open Notepad, right-click and click Paste. The exact path of the folder will appear automatically
Optionally, we can also enter the Properties of the folder, so that a new window appears. Here we can see the “Location” section where it will show us the exact path of the folder. Subsequently, we select the address and right-click to Copy or use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + C”.
Using the Run command
The Run command is a built-in tool that has been a part of Windows for many years. Although it is not a completely essential tool, it can be very useful in certain circumstances, such as launching an application or obtaining the full path of a folder or directory. To do this, we must press the keyboard shortcut “Windows + R” to start the Run command window. Optionally we can also start it from the context menu of Windows 10. Later we must drag the folder whose full path we want to find. Automatically, from this window we will be able to see the complete path, to be able to copy them to the clipboard and paste it in the desired place.
Using the Windows search function
A last alternative that we can use to find and copy the full path of any file or folder is to use the Windows search bar. Here we must copy the name of the folder that we want to search so that it appears among the results. Then click on it with the right button and select the option “Copy complete path”. In this way, the folder path will be copied to the clipboard so that we can paste it in the desired place.