Sometimes it is necessary to copy the full path of a file or folder in Windows 11 or Windows 10 operating systems. This is particularly necessary when you have to paste the path on the command line or in tools such as Windows Run. Or you just want to copy the location to your clipboard.
In Windows 10, you can copy the full path of a file or folder by holding down the Shift key on your keyboard and right-clicking on it. When you hold down the Shift key, the context menu will have a new option called “Copy as path”. You need to click the option to copy the full path to clipboard and this feature works most of the time.
Starting with Windows 11, copying the path of a file or folder has become easier. The context menu now includes the option “Copy as path” by default. That way, you just need to right-click on a file or folder and click “Copy as Path” to paste it into another application or dialog box without having to manually browse for the location.
In a future version of the operating system, Microsoft will also introduce support for a new keyboard shortcut. In preview builds, when you select a file or folder in File Explorer, you can now use CTRL + Shift + C to copy the path.
Like the “Copy as path” option in the context menu, the keyboard shortcut will also copy the copy to the Windows Clipboard. Using Windows Clipboard Cloud, you’ll be able to sync content across all your devices, including Android phones when you have the SwiftKey or Your Phone app (Samsung only).
Remember that the location of “Copy as path” depends on the system configuration and the path of the copy will still include the quotation marks. If you want to paste the path in the Explorer address to go directly to the file / folder, be sure to remove the quotation marks before pressing the Enter key.
The problem with the new File Explorer context menu
Like previous versions of the operating system, the contextual menu in Windows 11 offers you a series of actions to take.
You can use it to access the native shared user interface or the classic context menu. While the modern design of the context menu could be a huge advantage if you have a touchscreen or prefer a new design language, slow performance is an unwanted side effect of this Explorer update.
Users can reportedly experience noticeable lag when using the context menu, with some people claiming that there is a 1/2 second delay when the menu tries to resize before reflecting the options.
This can be particularly noticeable on low-end PCs. Fortunately, Microsoft is investigating the reports and a fix was recently rolled out in preview versions. The tech giant is also working on the File Explorer fixes, so hopefully most of these issues will be fixed before the release of Windows 11 22H2.