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Environment Variables in Windows 10 now looks different, confusing


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#1 cafejose

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 11:47 PM

The appearance for looking at PATH variable in Windows 10 now looks different than either it did before some previous update or than from Windows Vista.

 

Going to system information from Control Panel (and Control Panel no longer shown when right-click on the Start Menu button), and Advanced link, and then the Environment Variables button, clicking on PATH in the lower listbox, and click the EDIT... button, now I see a LISTING of items as like in a listbox -  no trail of items separated by semicolons.    I am not sure what to do with this if I wanted to change something.

 

How do I understand this?  What would I do if I were to install Java SDK and want to set a new addition to the PATH variable?



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Posted 07 June 2017 - 06:53 AM

Just click on "New" and add the location you want into the highlighted line on the left. It will automatically be added to the end of the existing path.



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Posted 07 June 2017 - 08:39 PM

Just click on "New" and add the location you want into the highlighted line on the left. It will automatically be added to the end of the existing path.

Thanks.  And what would need to be done if at some time later, I want to remove that item from the PATH variable?  Anything tricky about this?



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Posted 08 June 2017 - 06:32 AM

Open the same window, highlight the path entry you want to remove and click on DELETE. Nothing tricky at all - in fact, it's unbelievably simple and straightforward.



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Posted 08 June 2017 - 11:38 PM

Maybe what I was looking for is explained clearly enough in these:

 

https://www.java.com/en/download/help/path.xml

 

http://zdnet4.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/2016/06/02/d3123d7a-c428-457c-bbc3-b56701c5c990/edit-system-path.jpg

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toward the bottom of http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-tip-point-and-click-to-edit-the-system-path-variable/

 

EDIT button to be able to make changes to the chosen PATH variable, and then NEW button to be able to add a new path to the PATH variable listings



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Posted 09 June 2017 - 07:19 AM

Sorry I wasn't clear enough for you.



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Posted 09 June 2017 - 04:54 PM

Sorry I wasn't clear enough for you.

I just wanted to more clearly understand a previous step.  You described the one key step to take: Upon seeing the listing, you say "NEW" button and just add the new item.

 

Since some searches of several articles were not yet fully clear, I asked on B.P. forum.  Later I continued to search and found so few articles telling exactly what I wanted to know.  I quoted two of those very, very, few found search articles.






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