Can't paste "Copy as path"


Teligence

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I can select file(s) with the "Copy as path" function by the various methods, but when I try to paste it anywhere (internal, external, hosted storage), the "Paste" option is greyed out, and a manual "Ctrl-V" doesn't do anything either. All desired destination drives are not write protected, and there are no attribute restrictions on the desired source files.
 
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Here are alternatives to what you are trying to do:

 

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All desired destination drives are not write protected
I found those words strange.
You do realise that the copied path is just text and that it needs to be pasted into an existing file such as a text file, Word document, Excel document ...?
You cannot merely go to a drive/folder in File explorer and paste into nothingness.

Denis
 

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You cannot merely go to a drive/folder in File explorer and paste into nothingness.

Denis

Yes, I can now see, I think that's what the OP was trying

... but when I try to paste it anywhere (internal, external, hosted storage) ..

@Teligence
If you want shortcut/context to copy/move files, try this li'l registry tweak

 

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I found those words strange.
You do realise that the copied path is just text and that it needs to be pasted into an existing file such as a text file, Word document, Excel document ...?
You cannot merely go to a drive/folder in File explorer and paste into nothingness.

Denis
You're a "power user" on this forum and you don't know that hard drives can be write protected? If any drive is write protected, they cannot be written to, copied to, pasted to, etc.
 

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I do know that.

Denis
 

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So, after Denis's comment a couple months ago and actually researching the "Copy as path" function, I discovered that the "Copy as path" option is not what I initially presumed. My initial assumption was that it would replicate the file(s)/folder(s) themselves - including the drive path. For instance, If I selected (copy as path) the file located at "C:\Users\Public\Documents\to-do-list.txt", and pasted it in "d:\c-backups" that I would end up with a pasted file at something like "d:\c-backups\Users\Public\Documents\to-do-list.txt" or "d:\c-backups\c\Users\Public\Documents\to-do-list.txt".

My assumption was that it would provide a means for users to have easy means to manually create file/folder backups off-drive that included the path structure so that if the original was deleted, renamed, etc. that there would be a means for easy manual file/folder restoration without the use of a more cumbersome backup app.

Silly me. You know what they say about those who assume...
 

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    HDD1: 250GB internal SSD (KXG50ZNV256G TOSHIBA)
    HDD2: 2TB internal TOSHIBA MQ04ABD200
Yes, I can now see, I think that's what the OP was trying



@Teligence
If you want shortcut/context to copy/move files, try this li'l registry tweak

Thanks Shawn - that's not what I was looking for, but still, it's something that I've missed in the more recent Windows versions...
 

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    HP Omen 17t-an100 CTO
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8750H CPU @ 2.20GHz 2.21 GHz
    Motherboard
    n/a
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Laptop Display: 17" 4K, (2x) external monitors: HP Z23i
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    HDD1: 250GB internal SSD (KXG50ZNV256G TOSHIBA)
    HDD2: 2TB internal TOSHIBA MQ04ABD200

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