I constantly use file linking in my job. I don’t just mean adding hyperlinks to the internet. Often I find myself using links to files on my local computer or to a shared drive on my workplace network.
Recently I upgraded to Windows 7 Pro, and I discovered a new option for copy/pasting a link – the ability to copy the file name, including the file path.
Here are the steps to easily copy and paste an entire file path using Windows 7 Pro, as well as a short video which show the steps.
- Find and select the file (do not open) that you would like to copy the path
- While holding down the Shift key on your keyboard, right-click the file (and then release the Shift key
- Select Copy as Path from the menu
The major downside to doing this is that this copy/paste adds quotes to the beginning and end of the file path and file name, which need to be removed before pasting the link into any window – whether an Explorer Window or a browser window like IE.
If you have ever had to deal with creating a link to a file like a word document or a spreadsheet, it can be a nightmare. In XP, the file path had to be copied first, and then the file name. It was a multi-step process for a simple link!
Even with the quotation limitation, this is a great time saver for me. I hope it helps you out!