Get Path by Dragging Files or Folders into Command Console Window

   Posted January 31, 2012 by David Kirk in Windows

Dragging files or folders into the command prompt window automatically inserts the correct path of that object. This technique works with all versions of Microsoft Windows including XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

I enjoy using the command console or command terminal, but I find typing in the long paths time-consuming. The following recipe describes how to avoid this.

drag and drop into terminal

1. Open your command console or prompt.
2. Drag any file or folder into the command console.
3. The path of that item will be displayed in the command window.

Numerous uses of this technique exist. For example, a user needs to navigate the command box to C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\PLUGINS\RichFX\Player.

Typing this path takes time, and the risk of making a typo is great. A simpler way to accomplish this task is to open the console window, type cd, and then drag the folder into the console window. The following is an example of this process:

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
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C:\Documents and Settings\AlexTheBeast>cd "C:\Program Files\
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\PLUGINS\RichFX\Player>

Using this technique saves time by eliminating the need to type a long directory structure.


About David Kirk

David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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