Add File Path Contextual Menu to Snow Leopard

If you’re like me and need to access file paths for files and folders and prefer to do it via a contextual menu item in Mac OS X Snow Leopard, these directions and screenshots should show you the essentials to get it working:

“Services” have taken over in Snow Leopard and you have complete control of them via System Preferences->Keyboard. If you want to add a new Service to allow you to right click on a file in the Finder and place its file path to the clipboard, fire up Automator and configure it as this screen shot shows and save it as a “Service”. Here’s the code for copying and pasting into Automator:

set itemPath to “”
set uPath to “”
tell application “Finder”
activate
set itemPath to selection as string
set uPath to POSIX path of itemPath
set the clipboard to uPath
end tell

Copy Path Script for Services Menu

Code compiled correctly - see quotation marks

2 Responses to “Add File Path Contextual Menu to Snow Leopard”

  1. Diane Ross says:

    I get syntax error:

    Expected expression but found unknown token

    on this line:

    set itemPath to “”

  2. Brad says:

    Diane,

    I was able to duplicate what you described. It appears WordPress modified my quotes in the blog post. After you paste my code in to Automator, delete each of the quotation marks and add them back in manually using your keyboard. Then try compiling and all should be well (this worked for me).

    Brad

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