How to Copy the Path of a Document

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Every document file and/or folder on a computer has a file location path. This path indicates exactly where the file is located on the computer's hard drive. Computer users may opt to place the actual location somewhere where it can easily be found in the event they'd like to access the file directly without having to search the hard drive for it. In this case, users tend to copy the file's location to make the search less complicated in the future. Copying the path of a document can be done in a few clicks.

  • Locate the document file on the computer's hard drive. The document file may be displayed as a tab or thumbnail image.

  • Hold the "SHIFT" key down on the keyboard. Then right-click over the document file tab or thumbnail image. A menu will appear to the right of the document.

  • Click the "Copy as Path" option in the drop-down menu. This action will automatically copy the path of the document so it can be pasted elsewhere. (If the "Copy as Path" option is not available, skip this step and proceed to the alternative actions in Step 4 to 6.)

  • Select "Properties" at the bottom of the drop-down menu to the right of the document.

  • Click the "General" tab when the Properties' box pops up.

  • Highlight the location path next to "Location" under the General tab. Right-click the location path and select "Copy."

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