Display Full Folder Path in File Explorer on Windows 11

Those of us who often have to copy files from one folder to another for backup and for editing the old documents, know how confusing it becomes to find out which folder we are working with. This happens specially during the tax filing times. We open the folder for last year’s tax filing and create an identical folder for the current year. While working back and forth between these folders, we might get confused which folder is which.

One simple solution to the problem is display not just the folder name in the File Explorer window but also its full path. For example, if there are folders C:\Tax\2020\Trisha and C:\Tax\2021\Trisha, then they both will display Trisha in the File Explorer window.

Windows 11 - Display Full Path of Folder

But if we make File Explorer show the full path instead of just the folder name, then we can instantly tell the difference. Fortunately, Microsoft has added an option to do just that in Windows 11 File Explorer.

Windows 11 - Display Full Path of Folder

Here is how we can easily enable Windows File Explorer to display the full path of a folder when it is being opened in the Explorer window:

  1. Open any folder in Windows File Explorer.
  2. Click on the ellipses icon in the Explorer toolbar and choose Options from the menu that is displayed.Windows 11 - Display Full Path of Folder
  3. In the Folder Options window, select View tab.
  4. Under Advanced settings, scroll down to find Files and Folders section and enable the checkbox labeled Display the full path in the title bar.Windows 11 - Display Full Path of Folder
  5. Click on the OK button to save the settings. Now any folder that you open in Windows File Explorer, it will display the full path in the window’s title bar.

On the opposite side, if you want to be able to view just the folder names in the title bar, then you would want to disable this option. For disabling this option, you can follow all the same steps except in step 4, uncheck the aforementioned checkbox.