For some reason, Microsoft has decided to hide some decidedly useful features in Windows 10 explorer behind the non-intuitive and rather unknown “shift-key + right-click” combination.
Copy path to file
To get the path to a file, do shift-right-click on the file and select “copy as path”:
Open command prompt
To open either the standard old Windows command prompt or the new fancy PowerShell, in a certain location: shift-right-click on the background of the folder and select “Open PowerShell window here” (or “Open Command Prompt here”).
To select between classic command prompt and PowerShell, there is an option in the settings that do not actually mention this particular way of opening the shell:
The only gripe I have with this feature is that it requires you to find an empty spot in the window… which is not all that easy when looking a folder with a lot of files in list or details mode.
But then there is the second way to get to “Open command prompt”: use shift-right-click on a folder to get a new shell located in that folder.
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I didn’t know them!!