I just got a new computer.
On the old one, the taskbar shows open folders correctly: “Folder
Name”. It makes it easy to see which one you want to click on to get
the desired folder up front.
On the new computer, the tab on the taskbar shows the folder name as
“C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Desktop\Folder Name” — and since
all that doesn’t FIT on the little tab, they ALL read “C:\Docume…”,
which means they’re quite useless labels. How do I get it to just show
the end folder name?
It’s actually another of Windows buried and somewhat obscure
In fact, I didn’t even connect what this setting was for until I got
What this question is about is the difference between:
Both of these are Windows Explorer open on the same folder: “C:\Documents and Settings\LeoN\My Documents\My Music”. The difference is in how Windows Explorer deals with the fact that the full path name is much too long to fit in the taskbar icon.
This brings us to our first point of clarification: Windows Explorer doesn’t know or care about the taskbar or its icon thereon. In fact, most programs don’t. The task bar simply uses an application’s window title as the text to place in the button.
What Windows Explorer does care about then is its Window Title:
Knowing that what we’re really changing is the window title, all of a sudden one of Windows Explorer’s buried options becomes much, much clearer.
In Windows Explorer:
Click on the Tools menu
Click on the Folder Options… menu item
Click on the View tab
In the Advanced settings: list
Look for the setting Display the full path in the title bar
Check that, and you’ll get the full path in the title bar, and in my examples, the truncated “C:/Document…” in the task bar button. UNcheck it and you’ll get the folder name.
I also suggest that while you’re in those settings you also click on Apply to All Folders to make your preference permanent.