General Turn On or Off Display Full Path in Title Bar of File Explorer in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to display the full path in the title bar of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

File Explorer shows only the name of the currently open folder or drive in the title bar by default.

In the new File Explorer with tabs, the folder name or full path will now display on the tab. Displaying the full path on the tab becomes troublesome when the path is longer than the tab can show, but you can hover the pointer on the tab to see the full path as a pop-up.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Display Full Path in Title Bar of File Explorer in Folder Options
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Display Full Path in Title Bar of File Explorer in Settings
  • Option Three: Turn On or Off Display Full Path in Title Bar of File Explorer using BAT file


EXAMPLE: Display full path in title bar of File Explorer

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Option One

Turn On or Off Display Full Path in Title Bar of File Explorer in Folder Options


1 Open Folder Options.

2 Click/tap on the View tab. (see screenshot below)

3 Check (on) or uncheck (off - default) Display the full path in the title bar for what you want.

4 Click/tap on OK.

Full_Path_Folder_Options.png





Option Two

Turn On or Off Display Full Path in Title Bar of File Explorer in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Privacy & security on the left side, and click/tap on For developers on the right side. (see screenshots below)

Starting with Windows 11 version 22H2 KB5030310 Build 22621.2361, For developers is now in Settings > System.



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3 Click/tap on File Explorer to expand it open. (see screenshot below step 4)

4 Turn On or Off (default) Show full path in title bar for what you want. (see screenshot below)

For_Developers_Settings-4.png

5 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Three

Turn On or Off Display Full Path in Title Bar of File Explorer using BAT file


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you want.

2 Turn On Display Full Path in Title Bar of File Explorer

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_ON_Display_full_path_in_title_bar_of_File_Explorer.bat


(Content of BAT file for reference)
Code:
@echo off

REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CabinetState" /V FullPath /T REG_DWORD /D 1 /F

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

3 Turn Off Display Full Path in Title Bar of File Explorer

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_OFF_Display_full_path_in_title_bar_of_File_Explorer.bat


(Content of BAT file for reference)
Code:
@echo off

REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CabinetState" /V FullPath /T REG_DWORD /D 0 /F

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

4 Save the .bat file to your desktop.

5 unblock the .bat file.

6 Double click/tap on the .bat file to run it.

7 You will now notice your screen flicker as the explorer process is restarted to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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1. Sample regfile actually turns off the setting not on
2. the stupid tab on explorer doesnt have space for more than a few folders so whilst its better its no where near what was available in windows 10
3. Taskbar shows only partial paths of all the open explorer windows also with a previoew of the folder. in win10 i just had a vertical list of the full paths without the preview.

so in all much harder to use than win10. hoping there are workarounds for these
 

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    Windows11
1. Sample regfile actually turns off the setting not on
2. the stupid tab on explorer doesnt have space for more than a few folders so whilst its better its no where near what was available in windows 10
3. Taskbar shows only partial paths of all the open explorer windows also with a previoew of the folder. in win10 i just had a vertical list of the full paths without the preview.

so in all much harder to use than win10. hoping there are workarounds for these
Hello NickXie, and welcome. :alien:

Luckily, you can hover the pointer on the tab to actually see the full path in a pop-up.
 

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