Full Path in Finder?

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I'd like to be able to see a file's full path in Finder so I can copy it, then paste it somewhere else, like in my notes or in an e-mail.


In Windows Explorer, In Folder Options > View Tab > Advanced Settings, there are checkboxes to enable the following settings:

Display the full path in the address bar, and
Display the full path in the title bar.


I'd like to do this on Mac OS X's Finder.

How the heck can I do this?

Any suggestions you could provide would be most helpful. Thank you.
 

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there's a third party finder type program i use that shows full path, i'm at work now, so i'm not sure what it's called - might be xwindows?

in finder you can see the full path by using the button with three horizontal lines and a down arrow (trying to picture it from memory). but i don't think you can copy it from there.


btw, welcome to the forums!
 
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Welcome aboard, boloman!

Not the same thing as eric posted but I use a Contextual Menu Item called FilePathToClipCMPlugin and you can find it here: Hsoi's Shop: Software - Contextual Menu Plugins (CMPlugin's). It's a freebie, btw.

Whenever you right click on an item and choose FilePathToClip! from the pop-up, you send to the clipboard the path to the file/folder so you can paste it where ever you need to afterwards.
 
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Okay, here's how you do it. It's free too.

Open TextEdit and set your preference to use the format of Plain Text. Have a TextEdit window open.

Open a Finder window. Use either the Icon or Column view to see the file you want; the List view will work, but depending on how you get to the file the result might not yield the full path. Highlight your desired file, and ensure the current subdirectory is displayed in the Finder title.

Click on the icon in the Finder title, and hold it until it appears highlighted. While not instantaneous, it will happen quickly. Drag the icon to the TextEdit window. Voila, you should see the full directory path for your file!

I tried dragging one of the icons here in the message creation window at Mac-Forums, but nothing happened. You may find you can drag the icon into your mail tool. If not, just drag it to the TextEdit tool - again, in Plain Text mode - and you'll get the path. All you do then is highlight, cut/copy, and paste. (Fwiw, if you use RTF mode, Rich Text Format mode, you'll get the folder icon without the path.)

Hope this helps!
 

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hey, just thought about this... does the full path appear in "get info?"

i'd check, but as i said before, at work, on windows :(
 
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hey, just thought about this... does the full path appear in "get info?"

i'd check, but as i said before, at work, on windows :(

Yes it does appear, but you can't copy it or drag it. I tried, along with various combinations of supplemental keys (alt, command, ...).
 
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If you have a Mozilla browser, you can drag any folder or document to an open window, then copy the pathway. You can do the same with an entire volume unless it's the startup, but folders within the startup volume can be dragged to the window.

You can then drill down through the folders in the browser window.

Edit: Oops. If you drag a document, all you can do is download it. But why you'd want to is anyone's guess. 0:)0
 

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hey, just thought about this... does the full path appear in "get info?"

i'd check, but as i said before, at work, on windows :(

Seems to work Eric. It's under Where.

Edit, mathogre is correct though as you can't copy it.
 
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Thank you Mathogre and Brown Study.. BOTH are great tricks!
 
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Welcome aboard, boloman!

Not the same thing as eric posted but I use a Contextual Menu Item called FilePathToClipCMPlugin and you can find it here: Hsoi's Shop: Software - Contextual Menu Plugins (CMPlugin's). It's a freebie, btw.

Whenever you right click on an item and choose FilePathToClip! from the pop-up, you send to the clipboard the path to the file/folder so you can paste it where ever you need to afterwards.
Another alternative to do this is Pathsnagger.
 
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I might give it a whirl Apt, thanks. Although that CM Items I talked about works very well. I also have the HierarchyToClip one installed.
 

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