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Windows 7: Can "Copy as path" be enabled permanently without Shift

25 Nov 2009   #11

Windows 7 32 bit
Hotkey Copy As Path

Also you can use this AutoHotKey script

; <COMPILER: v1.0.47.6>
#SingleInstance Ignore
SendMode Input
SetWorkingDir %A_ScriptDir%

Menu Tray,NoStandard
Menu Tray,Add,Donate,DoDonate
Menu Tray,Add
Menu Tray,Add,Quit,DoQuit
Menu Tray,Tip,Copy As Path

Result := _EmptyWorkingSet()

#IfWinActive,ahk_class CabinetWClass
#IfWinActive,ahk_class ExploreWClass

clipboard = ; clear clipboard
Send ^c
ClipWait, 2
clipboard = %clipboard%



  Return DllCall("psapi.dll\EmptyWorkingSet", "UInt", -1)
Select files/folders in explorer and press the middle mouse button. Then you can paste the list into an editor or whatever. As it is now, it doesn't wrap paths with a space with double quotes. You only need that for command line params anyway. If you want that just add a couple of lines of AutoHotKey. Me, I hate they way AHK handles strings(not double quotes as in most other programming languages,) so I do as little as possible to get stuff to work. AHK can do a lot with a few lines when it comes to a hotkey for the tray though. You can't beat it for small do it yourself little gizmos like this.

(The DoCE is just named that because I pasted it out of my HalfShell script which opens selected folders in a 32 bit shell on 64 bit systems. You can change it to something else if you like.)

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10 Sep 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I downloaded and installed the solution nuspieds found (see last message). Compared to Shift-RightClick by Microsoft it has the advantage, that the pathname does not get hyphenated in the clipboard.

This seems a lot more practical because typing opening hyphen - paste - typing closing hyphen is a lot more practical than paste - position cursor at opening hyphen - remove - position cursor at closing hyphen - remove.

And in many situations you don' need any hyphens at all or want to use 'C:\bla.txt', <C:\bla.txt>...
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02 Sep 2011   #13

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
Multiple Items Copying

Guys, is there a way to copy path of multiple selected files/folders?
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03 Sep 2011   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Shift Right-Click will copy for multiple selected files/folders.
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21 Nov 2011   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nuspieds View Post
Thanks, R A.

I found an answer from another site and I was referred ot the following site for the solution:

Copy File Path and Name using Windows Explorer Context Menu Extensions

So I used that and it worked for me.

The ability to copy path multiple-selected files is cool, but it's something that I have yet to use. For me, pressing shift+right-click to get that functionality if ever needed it would be perfectly fine.
I'm sorry, I don't think that stuff can deal with copying multiple-selected files. Because, for instance, if you select 3 files and right click the program shortcut, that program will run 3 times, the paths of the 3 files cannot be merged.

I wrote a VB6 bas and solved the problem. It really can be for multiple-selected files or folders.


Sub Main()
Dim Paths As String
Dim Start As Single

If App.PrevInstance Then Paths = Clipboard.GetText & vbCrLf 'if previous instance running
Clipboard.SetText Paths & Mid(Command, 2, Len(Command) - 2) 'function Mid is for removing quotations

Start = Timer
Do While Timer < Start + 1 'keep this instance for about one second
DoEvents '
End Sub
Registy's modification will be like as follows


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\Shell\Copy File Path\Command]
@="\"C:\\Program Files\\CopyAsPath\\CopyAsPath.exe\" \"%1\""
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\Shell\Copy Folder Path\Command]
@="\"C:\\Program Files\\CopyAsPath\\CopyAsPath.exe\" \"%1\""
I compiled vb and uploaded it.

I'm sorry again for my English, you know, I'm not an English speaking person.

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13 Nov 2013   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

So, in answer to the poster's question, there doesn't seem to be a way of un-extending the behaviour of CopyAsPAth. VERY strange.
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