Displaying Path Names in the Menu Bar

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 26, 2020)

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If you would like to see the full path name of your workbook in the menu bar, this is a nifty trick you can put right to use. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Right-click anywhere on a toolbar. This displays a Context menu for the toolbars.
  2. Choose Customize from the Context menu. Excel displays the Customize dialog box.
  3. Click on the Commands tab.
  4. In the Categories list, choose Web.
  5. Drag the Address command (the first one in the command list) to the right of the Help menu on the menu bar. This action positions the Address drop-down list at the end of the menu bar.
  6. Click on Close.

Normally, the Address drop-down list is used if you are working with the Internet-aware side of Excel. However, when you are working with plain old workbooks, the control shows the current path and name of the workbook that is currently active.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2850) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is four more than 6?

2015-06-05 17:57:00

awyatt

L Drews: Yes, I provide crosslinks if there is a comparable tip on the ribbon-based site.

-Allen


2015-06-05 16:17:52

L Drews

I am being dragged kicking and screaming from ToolBars to Ribbons :-(

I got this to work in 2003 - what are the steps in 2007 please.

Allen, are there plans to introduce "Cross Links" between your tip sources for the same tip? (IE between application versions)

For now should I just search the Excel 2007 tips for the same title?

BTW this also works in MSWord 2003 but
I haven't tried to get it to work in MSWord 2007.

Thanks for years of great tips!

Lou


2015-05-27 11:07:57

Tony Scialfa

Seems to have worked just fine I just now installed it in (Excel 2003). Great tip so far thanks


2015-05-25 01:24:21

Michael

Excel 2007. Got it to work (not QUITE based on the instructions shown).
Trouble is, the actual control showing the path is so short (and the total length of my path so long) that I would have ended up scrolling back and forth in the field to see the path/name. The idea would have been neat, but can't really see much point in it as a result of this.


2015-05-23 05:10:39

Will

Using 2003 found that I was unable to accomplish Step 5. URL/Web Address will NOT position to the right of "Help" but creates a third row, instead.


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