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  1.    07 Dec 2017 #1

    Can I select a file this way?


    If I have a file's full path and name on the clipboard, how can I use the Run box (or any other way) to get it quickly selected (highlighted) in File Explorer please?

    Terry, East Grinstead, UK
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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       07 Dec 2017 #2

    Hi Terrypin.

    Open File manager and past in bar at top of window, not search bar, the one just left.

    Ken
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  3.    07 Dec 2017 #3

    Caledon Ken said: View Post
    Hi Terrypin.

    Open File manager and past in bar at top of window, not search bar, the one just left.

    Ken
    That would open it, not select it.
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  4. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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       07 Dec 2017 #4

    My error. Should have read requirement closer. Sorry.
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  5. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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       07 Dec 2017 #5

    In Run box
    explorer.exe /select,c:\users\documents\test.txt

    So you would open run box, type explorer.exe /select,Crtl-V(paste)
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  6.    07 Dec 2017 #6

    Nice find, CK! A handy way to open explorer with the target file selected. Just did that right now for bootmgr (because it's at the root of the C: drive and easy to specify):
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    Thanks for sharing this. Very helpful.
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  7. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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       07 Dec 2017 #7

    Thanks. Wish I had read OP's original posting a little more carefully.
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  8.    08 Dec 2017 #8

    Caledon Ken said: View Post
    In Run box
    explorer.exe /select,c:\users\documents\test.txt

    So you would open run box, type explorer.exe /select,Crtl-V(paste)
    Many thanks Ken. In fact I had the same reply in the batch files newsgroup to which I posted the almost identical question:

    Grant Taylor [removed] wrote:

    >On 12/07/2017 07:26 AM, Terry Pinnell wrote:
    >> If I have a file's full path and name on the clipboard, can I use a
    >> batch file (or the Run box, or any other clever way) to get it selected
    >> (highlighted) in its Win 10 File Explorer folder please?
    >
    >I have no idea if it's still the case, but explorer.exe used to have
    >have a /select option that would open explorer and select the specified
    >file.
    >
    >So, you could open the run dialog, type explorer /select,<Paste> and
    >possibly achieve what you want.

    For background, the filename itelf is in a hyperlink in Excel. I'm currently seeking help in the Excel forum on doing the whole task (from getting the link onto the clipboard, to selecting the file) in a VBA macro. I've forgotten what little VBA I ever knew a decade or so ago so this VBA approach is after my Macro Express script consistently failed at the hyperlink copying stage.

    I too echo Ed's enthusiasm for this handy Run tip!
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       08 Dec 2017 #9

    Also ...

    Winkey +R
    and then Ctrl-V then Enter will open the file with the name and path on the clipboard - all without touching the mouse

    This works because the file extension is associated with an Application, so should also work for excel sheet or file name
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  10. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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       08 Dec 2017 #10

    Good luck. If I knew VBA I would try to assist. Take care.
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