Display Full DOS Path in the Title Bar in Microsoft Windows 7

Disk Operating System or DOS was the very first operating system that Microsoft introduced. It was a Command Line Interface or CLI-based operating system which required users to type in the commands in order to perform the tasks. The terminology was also a bit different than it is used nowadays. For example, in Graphical User Interface or GUI-based operating systems, a container is called a ‘folder’, whereas in DOS, the same container was known as a ‘directory’.

In order to locate any folder in GUI-based operating systems, users mostly use mouse and navigate through the interface. This process makes navigation quite easy and also it helps users to locate their desired folders in much lesser time. On the other hand, if a directory was to be located in the DOS, users were required to type the entire path to the directory and many times they needed to run ‘DIR’ or ‘TREE’ commands to view the entire tree structure that helped them type the entire path to the desired directory in a single go. Nonetheless, typing the entire DOS path was still a tedious task and GUI-based operating systems, when introduced, were of great relief to the users.

Irrespective of any GUI-based operating system developed by Microsoft, when users try to navigate and locate a folder or a file, in the background, the DOS path is followed. In latest versions of Microsoft Windows, for example Microsoft Windows 7/Vista/8, when users open any folder, the folder’s path is displayed in the address bar of the window. However the path displayed in the address bar cannot be called as a perfect DOS path. In order to view the legacy DOS path of the located folder, users must click inside the address bar of the window.

Apart from the above description, the entire DOS path of any located folder can also be seen in the title bar of that folder. The corresponding feature must be enabled to do so. Configuring Microsoft Windows 7 to display the DOS path in the title bar of any window is a user specific task and no elevated privileges are required.

How to Configure Microsoft Windows 7 to Display the DOS Path in the Title Bar

To configure Microsoft Windows 7 to display the entire DOS path in the title bar of any located folder, steps given below must be followed:

  1. Log on to Windows 7 computer.
  2. From the desktop screen, open any folder.
  3. Below the address bar of the window, click Organize and from the displayed menu, click Folder and search options.
  4. On the Folder Options box, go to the View tab.
  5. From the list displayed under Advanced settings section, check the Display the full path in the title bar (Classic theme only) checkbox.

    Display Full DOS Path in Title Bar

  6. Once done, click OK to save the changes.

Note: As mentioned in the option, the method given here works only when the ‘Classic Theme’ is configured on the operating system.

Author: Vivek Nayyar

Works as Systems Admin in Siskin Technologies, India. Corporate trainer on Microsoft and Cisco platform. Specialized in Virtualization Technology. LAN Consultant for some local organizations.