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Quickly Copy File and Folder Path in Windows 2000/XP/2003

How can I quickly copy a file or a folder’s path in Windows 2000/XP/2003?

While working with files and folders in your Windows operating system you might sometimes find the need to copy a file’s exact and full path. Besides needing these paths for programming needs you might might also need it for usage in the Run command, a Command Prompt window, e-mail messages, a Google search or for a billion other uses.

Before performing the steps outlined in this article, in order to copy a file or a folder’s path you had to manually copy the folder path from the Windows Explorer (or Command Prompt) window, and then manually add the file’s name, plus the file’s extension, and do not forget having to add the quotation marks around the long path.

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Note: For Windows Vista this feature is already built in the operating system. Read Quickly Copy File and Folder Path in Windows Vista for more info.

ClipPath (Version 2.1)

This cool little freeware program can easily add a “Copy to Path” context menu to Windows Explorer.

ClipPath is a shell extension for Windows 95/98/NT4.0/2000 allowing to copy the name of a file to the clipboard. Just right-click the file in the Explorer and select the “ClipPath (\)” command from the ClipPath Pop-up Menu.

If you select multiple filenames, you’ll be able to create a list of semicolon (;) separated filenames on a single line.

Download ClipPath v2.1 (30kb)

Installation of this extension is easy. First, copy ClipPath.dll and ClipPath.inf to any directory. Open the Explorer and right-click on the Setup Information file (ClipPath.inf). Choose the INSTALL command. When you’re done installing, you can delete the original files.

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