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How do I find out the location of any opened files or applications in Windows XP 32 bit?

For example, I have an application running as well as some Excel files open. How do I quickly find out their locations?

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Do you want to know the location of the applications itself? Or the location of the documents which are open in your applications? – fretje Mar 26 '10 at 8:10
for example Skype and one excel file is opened . i want to know location of Skype exe and excel file. – metal gear solid Mar 26 '10 at 8:13
Those are 2 separate questions, see my answer. – fretje Mar 26 '10 at 8:32
What a senseless question. – serena Mar 26 '10 at 8:34
What is the purpose of this information? – Ivo Flipse Mar 28 '10 at 13:08
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Process Explorer can also list all File-Handles.

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no it doesnt show thelocation of files. it only shows the location of exe – metal gear solid Mar 26 '10 at 8:26
@Jitendra vyas: That's odd, mine does...check View -> Show Lower Pane and View -> Lower Pane View -> Handles. – Bobby Mar 26 '10 at 9:23
Aggreed, but that list can be very long. It's not always easy to spot the one which is the actual document being edited/viewed. – fretje Mar 26 '10 at 9:55

Those are actually 2 separate questions:

  • To know the location of the application itself (the .exe file), like @bobby also mentions: a tool like Process Explorer shows the locations of the exe's of each separate process that is running.

  • To know the location of the file that's open inside an application, the easiest way is to do File - Save As... in the specific application. This will show you immediately where that specific file is that you are editing/viewing.

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ok so there is no other way then "Save as" – metal gear solid Mar 26 '10 at 9:00
@Jitendra: Well, there kind of is (see my comment to Bobby on his answer), but the "Save As" method is easier IMO. – fretje Mar 26 '10 at 9:55

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