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I do not understand why Windows 7 is still adopting this stuffy dialog box? I feel uncomfortable when editing and looking-up a path in this narrow text box.

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Is there a convenient way to edit PATH in Windows 7? One item per row for example.

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You need to define "convenient". The dialog works fine for adding to the PATH (just append it); adding other envars; and deleting envars. In your case, you could copy the string to Notepad or Notepad++, edit it, and then paste it back. Its as simple and convenient as <kbd>CTRL</kbd> + <kbd>C</kbd> and <kbd>CTRL</kbd> + <kbd>V</kbd> (that's what I do). – jww Aug 12 '14 at 1:48
@Chris2357: using setx for the path is problematic. See… – El Ronaldo Sep 19 '14 at 17:25
Windows 8 now too of course. Fingers crossed for Windows 10. – user74094 Feb 24 '15 at 22:10
This doesn't deserve to be an answer, but I made this gist: that splits the output of the path variable (or any other environmental variable) into seperate lines for easy viewing from the command line. Makes it much easier to see what needs to be edited. – user1167442 Sep 16 '15 at 3:40
@user74094: Microsoft has delivered this feature in Windows 10 preview build 10565, release build 10586:… – bwDraco Nov 15 '15 at 9:05
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There is always the Rapid Environment Editor which claims full support for all major OS versions, including 64-bit.

Editable tree

Show environment variables and values as an editable tree.

Portable mode

RapidEE doesn't require installation and could be run as a "portable application". View details.

rapid environment editor shot

There is also the older (but still useful) and more light-weight Path Editor. (Note that the site is dead as of 2015-08-07, but still exists as an snapshot from 2013-03-27direct link to the installer). It works just fine on Windows 7 and, though it comes only as an installer, also works as a portable/stand-alone executable if you extract it.

Path Editor is a small utility that makes path management very straightforward with its intuitive user interface and drag-and-drop simplicity. Path Editor can clean your path of missing and duplicate entries with a single click of the mouse.

path editor shot

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Although it's perhaps not totally clear from the REE screen shot, REE can edit individual %PATH% entries (move up/down, highlight missing, add/delete), not just treating it as a string. Really nice app! – GaryO Jan 31 '13 at 13:41
PathEditor link is obsolete. Page on SoftPedia is a link farm which is unable to download PathEditor. – Dims Jun 6 '13 at 10:27

Here's another Windows Path Editor:


(Disclaimer: I made this. It's open source, contributions welcome!)

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+1 Kudos for the "show problems" feature (should be "show potential problems"). It think the buttons actions should open dialogs to explain/ask-for-options/execute. The "Automatic" dialog could have a "maximum depth" (or a folder tree selector), and with a result list with checkboxes to add them to the user or sytem path. Ah, it's so easy to tell other people how things _should_be :-) – leonbloy May 30 '13 at 18:19
Although it shows many Windows defaults entries as "problematic" + it has no add button (drag&drop from Windows Explorer is fine, however, would really like an Add button in addition): I really liked it, thank you very much! – D.R. Jun 25 '14 at 11:31
This wants to completely wipe my User Path, presumably because it's all redundant with the System Path? Is that wise? – endolith Feb 27 '15 at 2:09
Looked good, especially liked the "show problems" feature but it mangled and lost some paths when I saved :( – Empyrean Apr 26 '15 at 2:52
Crashes on startup with a "PathTooLongException was unhandled" message. Shame. From reading other threads I believe there is another windows API which can handle longer paths... just not the one used by Explorer (and this utility, evidently) – Greg Woods Jul 2 '15 at 16:15

For quick and dirty, copy and paste into Notepad then edit and copy and paste back.

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+1: Good idea, but it is still painful to scroll horizontally. – xport Jun 16 '11 at 16:52
I agree. Depending on your editor of choice you could swap ";" for a return and do your editing then swap them back. Notepad will not do that substitution though. :-( – Chris Nava Jun 16 '11 at 17:41
@ChrisNava idd it will not. I would recommend Sublime Text 3 :) – Dmitry Nazarov Jun 23 '14 at 4:06
Assuming you have gnutils echo %path% | tr ; \n is a command-line equivalent of Chris' suggestion. – RJFalconer Oct 24 '14 at 14:05
Copy/Paste to notepad++ because my path was long and notepad was messing up splitting the path in two lines pasting it back was trimming it. – zadane Aug 31 '15 at 19:52

Environment variables editor (Eveditor) is also worth mentioning. It is easy to use and completely free.

Note: Image shows the Path expanded which it did not do on Windows 7 elevated.


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This is implemented in the Windows 10 update released on November 2015.

I understand the question specifically calls for a Windows 7 solution. However, I've posted this answer for the benefit of users who happen to come across this question.

Windows 10, in preview build 10565 and release build 10586 (November 2015 update), has an overhauled environment variable editor which dramatically eases editing PATH.

New environment variable editor in Windows 10 update

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you might consider this It does not depend on .Net bloat nor MFC; pure Win32; binary size is less than 200kb. No installation is required and it is a standalone executable. If it matters, it is open source


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I like this best because it is standalone, quick, and pretty easy--but there's no copy-paste of file paths or drag-n-drop yet. – wordsforthewise Jul 31 '15 at 2:11
Simple and does what it claims. No. 1! – Ghasan Apr 7 at 2:43

There's a pretty good open source CLI tool called pathed. Usage patterns are like so:

C:\Projects\2010\GSharpTools_Setup\bin>pathed /?
PATHED - Version 3.2
Freeware written by Gerson Kurz (

      /MACHINE: print machine PATH
         /USER: print user PATH
          /ADD: add variable at the head
       /APPEND: add variable at the tail
       /REMOVE: remove path / index
         /SLIM: strip duplicate vars
          /ENV: environment variable, defaults to PATH

PATHED - Version 3.2
Freeware written by Gerson Kurz (

00 C:\Perl\site\bin
01 C:\Perl\bin
02 C:\Windows\system32
03 C:\Windows
04 C:\Windows\System32\Wbem
05 C:\Python26
06 C:\Tools
07 C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\
08 C:\Program Files (x86)\TortoiseSVN\bin
09 C:\Program Files\TortoiseSVN\bin
10 C:\Program Files (x86)\doxygen\bin
11 C:\Program Files (x86)\WinMerge
12 C:\Program Files (x86)\Subversion\bin
13 C:\Program Files (x86)\\GSharpTools [INVALID]
14 C:\Program Files (x86)\\pserv2 [INVALID]
15 C:\Program Files (x86)\OpenVPN\bin
16 C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.5
17 C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727
18 C:\Program Files (x86)\Scintilla Text Editor
19 C:\Program Files\7-Zip
20 C:\Program Files (x86)\PostgreSQL\8.4\bin
21 C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jdk1.6.0_18\bin
22 C:\Program Files (x86)\IZArc
; pathed /REMOVE "%CD%"
; pathed /APPEND "%CD%"
; pathed /MACHINE
; and so on.

You'll need to run it as Administrator for the changes to take affect, though.

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A quick and easy way to edit PATH from the command line:

C:\WINDOWS>setx PATH "PATH;C:\some_new_path"

This will update the PATH by appending the new path to the existing path value. Typing the following command will print the new PATH in all future CMD windows; NOT in the current CMD window:


Typing the following will give you a list of all the environment variables:

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Warning: this method seems to limit paths to 1024 characters. If your path is already longer, it will simply truncate the end of your path, leaving you with a broken state. – Neil Dec 3 '15 at 20:30

Here is an Online Tool for editing windows path, if you don't want to install software.

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