Windows 11 lets you easily copy your file or folder’s path in File Explorer

Windows 11 File Explorer update

Sometimes, you need to copy the full path of a file or folder
in the Windows 11 or Windows 10 operating systems. This is
particularly required when you have to paste the path in the
command line or tools like Windows Run. Or you just want to
copy the location to your clipboard.

On Windows 10, you can copy the full path of a file or folder
if you hold down Shift on your keyboard and right-click on it.
When you hold down Shift, the context menu will have a new
option called “Copy As Path.” You have to click on the option
to copy the full path to the 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 “Copy as
path” option by default. That way, you just need to right-click
on a file or folder and click on the “Copy as path” to paste it
in another app or dialog without having to manually browse the
location.

File Explorer context menu copy as path

In a future release 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 your Windows
Clipboard. If you use Windows Clipboard Cloud, you will be able
to sync the content across your devices, which includes Android
phones when you’ve SwiftKey or Your Phone app (Samsung only).

Remember that the location of “Copy As Path” depends on system
configuration and the copy path will still include the
quotation marks. If you want to paste the path in the Explorer
address to go straight to the file/folder, make sure that you
remove the quotation marks before hitting the enter key.

The problem with File Explorer’s new context menu

Like the previous versions of the operating system, Windows
11’s context menu gives you a bunch of actions to take.

You can use it to access the native share UI or the classic
context menu. While the context menu’s modern design could be a
big advantage if you have a touch screen or you prefer a new
design language, sluggish performance is an unwanted
side-effect of this update to Explorer.

As per reports,
users can experience noticeable delays when using the context
menu, with some folks claiming that there’s a delay of 1/2
second as the menu attempts to readjust the size before
reflecting the options.

This can be particularly noticeable on lower-end PCs.
Thankfully, Microsoft is looking into the reports and a fix was
recently implemented in preview builds. The tech giant is also
working on File Explorer fixes, so hopefully, most of these
hiccups will be addressed ahead of Windows 11 22H2 release.

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