I'm having trouble finding the full path for an executable file in Windows 8. I tried the "hold Shift, right click, and copy as path" method. But that doesn't seem to work with EXE files in the program files directory.

It really shouldn't be this hard. Any suggestions?

  • I don't understand the problem? There is kiting special about the folder in explorer itself (it's only write protected to a certain extent )
    – Ramhound
    Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 0:30
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    I have no issue with the "hold shift, right click, and copy as path" method. Do you get an error? Is the path not copied? Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 4:10

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I suggest opening up a command prompt window and do:

cd \

dir /s /n ***executableprogramname***

My way of getting the full path to files (if I'm using Windows Explorer to navigate) is just to tell Windows to show the full path.

First, if you have Windows 7 (or later) then all you need to do is just left-click with your mouse on the navigation bar (where you see the folders "tree" like C -> Program Files -> dir, and it will automatically change to the folder path.

Then just start writing your file name (you can even use the auto-complete) and then copy paste the path.

  • But doesn't using Windows 8 imply using the tiles interface? Commented Aug 22, 2016 at 18:37

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