Copy Location Shell Extension

This shell extension adds the ability to copy file and folder names from the Windows Explorer window to the clipboard.
Simply select the file(s) whose name you want to copy, right-click and select “Copy File Path” or “Copy File Name” from the context menu. Then paste to any editor.
Copy File Path – copies the entire path to the file.
Copy File Name – copies only the file name without the folder.

copy location


Current version: 1.1.0 (July 6, 2010)
You can download the shell extension and the source code separately:


  1. Unzip to the folder where you want to install utility (e.g., C:\Windows).
  2. Go to the installation folder and double-click on install.bat or install64.bat, depending on the type of your Windows: 32 or 64-bit. Install.bat registers CopyLocation.dll in the system.
  3. If you wish, you can delete the .bat files and the .dll of the other Windows type.

Alternatively you can:

  1. Copy CopyLocation.dll to the installation folder (e.g., C:\Windows). Use CopyLocation64.dll if you’re running a 64-bit version of Windows.
  2. From the Start menu select Run…
  3. Type “regsvr32.exe C:\Windows\CopyLocation.dll” (or CopyLocation64.dll) and press OK. Specify the exact installation folder.

copy location install

Note: you have to have administrative rights to run regsvr32.exe.

To uninstall the shell extension

  1. From the Start menu select Run…
  2. Type “regsvr32.exe /u C:\Windows\CopyLocation.dll” and press OK (specify the exact installation folder).
  3. Delete CopyLocation.dll from the installation folder. You may need to reboot before you can delete the DLL.

Version History

Version 1.1.0
Porting to 64-bit Windows.

Version 1.00.1
Some users had minor compilation problems.

Version 1.00.0
First release outside my small beta tester community.


This software is free. It is distributed with the source code and you are encouraged to do anything you want with it. If you do anything interesting, I’d be happy to hear about it.