Copy File Names or Paths

If you select a file in the Finder, then use Edit, Copy or Command+C and then use Edit, Paste or Command+V to paste it into a TextEdit, Pages or some other text area, you’ll get the file name. But if you use Command+Option+C you will then be able to paste the full path of the file. This even works when you select multiple files or all of the files in a folder. You will then get each name or path on a separate line.

Comments: 3 Responses to “Copy File Names or Paths”

    6 years ago

    Does the quick tip work only in El Capitan? I can't get it to work for me in 10.10.5.

    6 years ago

    Mike: I think so. No way for me to confirm. Do you not even get file names? What are you trying to paste into?

    Ulrich Maasmeier
    6 years ago

    Mac OS X 10.10 = Yosemite
    Mac OS X 10.11 = El Capitan

    I tried in 10.11 "El Capitan" to paste and got Folder Images pasted. When I switched the file format from the menu > format > Make Plain Text and pasted the same, it worked.

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