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Simplest/quickest way to obtain the directory or full filename path of the active window

Last Modified: 2016-02-13

What is the simplest way to obtain the directory or full filename path of the active window?

What I am after does not necessarily need to include the actual filename:


(where *** represents any extension), but only the directory:


I have always acquired it by this route:

        File > Save as > Alt+d > Ctrl+c

and even shorter than that — at least in MS Office windows — is to use the shortcut {F12}:

        {F12} > Alt+d > Ctrl+c

However, are there any other ways to capture the currently active window's full directory — particularly that do not necessitate opening a second, albeit transient, window (eg Windows Explorer) as is the case above?

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