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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 stackoverflow.com/questions/19287379/… –  El Ronaldo Sep 19 '14 at 17:25
Windows 8 now too of course. Fingers crossed for Windows 10. –  user74094 Feb 24 at 22:10

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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

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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PathEditor link is obsolete.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
"Since when did Windows come with cURL?! Oh" :( –  RJFalconer Oct 24 '14 at 14:09
This wants to completely wipe my User Path, presumably because it's all redundant with the System Path? Is that wise? –  endolith Feb 27 at 2:09

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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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 :) –  aspect_mkn8rd 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

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 (http://p-nand-q.com)

      /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 (http://p-nand-q.com)

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)\p-nand-q.com\GSharpTools [INVALID]
14 C:\Program Files (x86)\p-nand-q.com\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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you might consider this https://patheditor2.codeplex.com/ 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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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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Another option is to create a small console application in C# using methods discussed here.

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