Use AutoHotkey to get path from Explorer & replace w/UNC path for sharing

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Use AutoHotkey to get Path from explorer and share full path with others

Working on multiple computers, in multiple environments, and with teams of people can be a challenge when wanting to share files.

I have quite a few network folders that I’ve “mapped” so they look like drives.  This always causes issues when copying the path and sharing with others.   I also have a “b:” drive that I’ve created which, in reality, is a shortcut to the root of where my DropBox folder is located.

Registry settingsThe 1st thing I’m going to recommend is that you backup your registry!!!     After doing so, navigate to this key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\DOS Devices



Then right click on the right and create a new String.  This is where you’ll put in the letter of the drive you want (for instance I put in B: ).  After you’ve done that, right click on the B: and  add the path to the folder you want mapped.  Here’s an example  “\??\C:\\Dropbox\test\”  Please note the second \ after the c:\   It is not a typo!   For some weird reason you need two there however everywhere else after you just need one!

The next time you boot up you’ll have the new drive (this isn’t creating any sort of copies of files, it is merely giving you a convenient shortcut to a folder)   Here’s a screenshot of my settings.

Mapping network drives are easy and you can follow this guide here.

Okay, now that we’re done setting up our computer, let’s get to the AutoHotkey script

Copy Path from explorer and replace with UNC (for sharing and to get around security issues)

Here’s a video demonstrating getting the Path from explorer

Copying Path from Explorer & Fake drives




Use DropBox to keep the same desktop on multiple computers

Use DropBox to have one desktop on multiple computersI work / use a total of 5 different computers however, by using DropBox, I have one desktop on multiple computers.  This saves me a ton of time trying to make sure I keep my files stored in the same place.  By moving your desktop under your DropBox folder, you can easily keep them synced.

You can also create toolbars using the same approach.  Especially if you have toolbars linked to folders that are under your DropBox account.

Video demonstrating one desktop on multiple computers

Ever want to share the clipboard between computers? Now you can!

share the clipboard

Share the clipboard

I wrote a small program with AHK that allows you to share the clipboard with another computer (regardless of where it is).   Sometimes I’m using my laptop and copy & then want to paste on my desktop while other times I’m collaborating with my friend in Denmark.  Either case is simple for me.  All I have to do on one computer is copy it to the clipboard. The other computer can simply paste and the text (or file if you’re in Windows Explorer) will be pasted!

The only requirement is to have a folder that is shared between them. (Use services like Dropbox or Google Drive or a network drive if you are at work. It has been tested on Win XP, Win 7, Win 8 and Windows 10.

Overall Explanation / Review:

ClipShare Intro – Explanation

How to use ClipShare:

ClipShare-How to use