I often want to share windows network paths with other people on my team through email or chat We have lots of mapped drives here both set up by ourselves and set up by our it overlords What i'd like to be able to do is to copy the full real path (not the drive letter) from windows explorer to send to folks.

Example: I have a file in my "Q:" drive, \\cartman\users\emueller, and I want to send a link to the file foo.doc therein to coworkers. When I copy the file path (shift+right click, "copy as path") it gets the file name "Q:\foo.doc" in the clipboard. This is unhelpful to others, who would need to see \\cartman\users\emueller\foo.doc to be able to consume the link.

In explorer it clearly knows the full path - in the address bar i see "computer -> emueller (\\cartman\users) (q:) ->". Is there a way to say "hey man copy that path as text with the \\cartman\users\emueller not the Q: in it?"

I know i could just set up mapped network locations instead of the mapped drives for the ones that i set up personally and avoid this problem, but most of the mapped drives like the "users" share come from our corporate it policy and can't be overridden. I could create a separate network and ignore my q drive but it's inconvenient and they're trying to move accounts around servers My email route may eventually fail because i'm losing the direct access link but that's okay with me

Best Answer

Maybe a long way around but open a cmd window. Then enter net use command in any folder. It will return all the mapped folders like below (shown as example only)

P:\XX\XX>net use
New connections will be remembered.

Status       Local     Remote                Network
OK           N:        \\server01\Test1      Microsoft Windows Network
OK           P:        \\server02\Test1      Microsoft Windows Network
OK                     \\\NOTEBOOK  Microsoft Windows Network
OK                     \\\tmp       Microsoft Windows Network

If you want you can send the above output to a file e.g. P:\XX\XX>net use > drives.txt . Then open the file: drives.txt and you can copy the path from the file for your use.

You can also copy from the command-line windows themselves

I hope this helps