I'd like to be able to view the full path of a file, rather than just its file name, in document-based apps like Preview & TextEdit. Is this possible?

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Not in a copy/pasteable format, but if you right-click the file name in TextEdit or Preview, it will show the path as a graphical hierarchy.

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Copy/pasteable would be Get Info on the file from the Finder, I guess. Depending on the target application you can also just drag the icon from the application, e.g. into Terminal.

  • Right-clicking there is useful, I'd forgotten about that. The info panel doesn't display path information for me. Nov 17, 2014 at 18:39
  • Sorry, I meant Get Info from the Finder. I perhaps should have been clearer, will tweak the answer
    – Tetsujin
    Nov 17, 2014 at 18:42

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