Send to Clipboard

My business partner finally retired his XP machine and got a new Dell Vostro 230. As you can imagine, there has been a steady stream of โ€œWhat happened toโ€ฆโ€ queries coming out of his office as he makes the transition to Windows 7 Professional.

The other day he asked where to find Send To Clipboard, an add-in for Windows Explorer in Windows XP that allowed him to copy the path to a folder or file to the Clipboard, so that he can then paste it in a document or message.

Not necessary, I told him.

  • To copy the path to the current folder:
    In Windows Explorer, right-click the address bar and choose Copy Address As Text.
  • To copy the complete path to a file, including the folder path and file name:
    In Windows Explorer, hold down the Shift key, right-click the file name, and choose Copy As Path.


In this example, choosing Copy Address As Text places the following text on the Clipboard: C:UsersCarlDocumentsOneNote NotebooksWork Notebook

Btw, if youโ€™re pining for other Send To features that are not included with Windows 7, check out a nifty utility called Send To Toys from Gabriele Ponti.

6 thoughts on “Send to Clipboard”

  1. Hi All,

    I just purchased “Windows 7 Inside Out” this evening and am so glad I first read all about the authors on the last page. ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s where I discovered your blog.

    I’ve been using computers for a number of years and have developed a growing problem based on a lack of knowledge in organizing folders when a new computer with a different operating system takes on all the saved data from the old computer. So, the messed up data I now have on my new Windows 7 machine includes folders from Windows 98 and XP. They are folders within folders. ๐Ÿ™

    I’m finally using an online backup service and they have done a great job of backing up my files, but, I really need to get them organized as I now have redundant files all over the place. A backup tech told me to open the window for my Windows 7 Libraries and have it along side an open window for the C:.

    Then, I think I’m supposed to drag C: files and folders over to the Windows 7 Library system. That puzzles me. Most of those files are duplicates — so they are saved both in Windows 7 Libraries and in folders on the C: in the XP way of organizing.

    Instead of dragging and dropping files and folders over to the Libraries, should I be verifying that the files are identical and then delete the one in the C: folders? Or will deleting it in the C: also delete it in the Windows 7 Library?

    Don’t laugh too hard. This is a serious question from an old lady. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for lending me your expertise. It is greatly appreciated.


    1. Hi Margaret:

      I too have a computer with a series of nested folders going back through several generations of computers.

      A library in Windows 7 is not an actual folder in the traditional sense. Instead it’s a “virtual folder”–one that incorporates the contents of one or more folders, which can be scattered around your computer. The beauty of the system is that you don’t really need to worry much about which folder your files are actually stored in, since you can quickly find them in the library. There’s much more to say about libraries, so I’ll keep this short:
      Don’t delete those “duplicate” files; they’re probably not duplicates.

      Check out Chapters 8, 9, and 10 of Windows 7 Inside Out, beginning with the section on libraries that starts on page 282.

  2. Hi Carl,

    Thank you for getting back to me in a timely fashion…. Now I will study, study, study…. So, is the online backup tech right in telling me to drag and drop the files and folders into the appropriate Library?

    My concern in contacting the online backup tech was that my backup in XP had around 50,000 files — when restored to a Windows 7 with hardware problems, it showed around 75,000 files — and then when restored to a working Windows 7, it now has around 142,000 files…. To me, it seems to say something is wrong…. That is another reason why I call it a growing problem.

    Hopefully, your work in Chapters 8-10 will clarify things for me, even though I’m a slow learner…. Thank you very much.

  3. First, keep in mind that libraries are intended for document files (using that term in the broadest sense, to encompass all types of “documents,” such as music, pictures, spreadsheets, etc.). I’m a bit unclear as to what’s in your backup; if it includes programs and Windows system files, those don’t belong in a library.

    But assuming we’re talking about documents of various types, there are basically two ways to get the files you want to keep into a library:
    Drag them into the library (or a folder within the library)
    Add their current folder to an existing library (or create a new library)

  4. Yes, I realize that the Libraries in Windows 7 are only for documents of all sorts…. And, I like the way you described the development that had to take place in organizing data on computers from the olden days to today, in Chapter 8 of Windows 7 Inside Out. That clarified for me the great need for change…. Older people don’t always care for change, but it’s necessary. ๐Ÿ™‚

    The online back up I use does not back up system files or programs…. All software has to be reinstalled on the new computer in order to open the files that belong to them….. And, all this multiplication of my files took place in a few weeks of moving from the old XP to a defective Windows 7 to a working Windows 7…. That defective Windows 7 machine might be the cause of my puzzlement.

    Thank you for the explanation above.

  5. I would put it this way:

    To copy the path to the current folder:
    In Windows Explorer, right-click the folder name in the address bar and choose Copy Address As Text.

    When you just say, right click on the address bar – it is confusing. It is helpful to specify where exactly to right click. I am technically sound but trust me, I right clicked every where to try this feature.

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