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

19 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Can "Copy as path" be enabled permanently without Shift

I am always using the "Copy as path" option and it is a pain to always have to press Shift to get this and some other additional context-sensitive menu options.

Is there a way to enable the "Copy as path" option so that it is there in the regular right-click context menu, with no pressing of the Shift key required?


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19 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Not sure what exactly that does but you CAN add any context menu items you want to the normal right click context menu for explorer.

Unfortuantely it reguires registry editing.

If you google for the instructions for creating the very common "Command Promt From Here" context menu item, you could adapt that to change the name and the function that you are looking for. "Power Toys" may also allow you to edit context menu items for explorer.

From the web:
  1. Navigate in your Registry to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Classes/Folder/Shell

    and create a key called "Command Prompt" without the quotes.
  2. Set the default string to whatever text you want to appear in the right-click menu.
  3. Create a new key within your newly created command prompt named "command," and set the default string to cmd.exe /k pushd %1You may need to add %SystemRoot%\system32\ before the cmd.exe if the executable can't be found.
  4. The changes should take place immediately. Right click a folder and your new menu item should appear.
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20 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

"Copy as path" copies the filename with its full path (i.e., "c:\...\myfile.txt") into the clipboard. It doesn't launch a program.

To get "Copy as path" you have to press shift before you right-click. I use this feature often, so I don't want to have to press shift all the time. I want it there when I just right-click.
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20 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 8.1 Professional 64-Bit

You could try installing SendTo Toys from Gabriele Ponti. This addon enhances your SendTo Context Menu with a lot of extra options. One of those is and option to "Copy as Name", which copies the path for whatever file you right click.

Please rep if you think this was helpful.
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21 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Using SendTo Toys is no better and probably worse than shift+right click because it requires two clicks.

I'm trying to save clicks and just have the "Copy as path" appear in the standard right-click menu, without any additional keystrokes or clicks. This is a frequent command I use, so that's why I want it on the standard right-click menu.

If I have to navigate further into some other menu, then that is only slowing me down more than pressing shift+right click.
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22 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 8.1 Professional 64-Bit

Maybe try THIS?
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24 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thanks for the was a good try, but it doesn't work in Win 7...well, not on my system anyway.

I'm thinking that perhaps it is just another registry value in Win 7. I'll do some hunting around to see if I can find anything. It's definitely a good lead.

Thanks again.
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24 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 32 bit

You can try asking for an AutoHotKey script to be written for you here:

It's on a voluntary basis, but there may be one already written. I'd say chances are good one of Skrommel's scripts already does something similar.
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24 Nov 2009   #9


I tried this "Copy As Path" and it works in Win7. It does what you want it to do.

Read the instructions carefully as there are two methods available.

Here's the site for the info:
HTML Code:
You need to download Clip.exe from Microsoft:
HTML Code:
and copypath.vbs from the site you are on:
HTML Code:
Put both of them in the Windows folder. Run copypath.vbs. You may have to "Run as Administrator" or elevate it, but I have UAC turned off and did not encounter any problems.

Go to this key in the Registry:


and delete "Extended" to show "Copy As Path" all the time on the right click menu.

You should now have "Copy As Path" in the upper portion of the right click menu. The one built into Win7 is lower on the right click menu and only shows when you press Shift.

Haven't tried the reg file method in Win7, but did with XP and a command window comes up. The preferred method is using the vbs file and then deleting the "Extended" key.

Edit: The only problem I've encountered with using this is that I cannot copy the path of multiple files or folders.

The Windows 7 "Copy As Path" can copy the path of multiple files or folders.
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25 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

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.
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