I am writing a program that creates a file and lastly tells you where the file can be found. Should I write:

"Your file can be found at C:\Users\User\Desktop\file.txt" or in C:\Users\User\Desktop\file.txt?

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    Jan 12, 2020 at 17:09
  • None of the above - Your file IS C:\Users\User\Desktop\file.txt. Alternatively, that file can be found IN C:\Users\User\Desktop (files are in folders, not on or at them). Jan 12, 2020 at 18:26

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I wouldn't be confused if you say the file is at a specific location:

Your file is at C:\Users\User\Desktop\file.txt

But non-technical users might conceivably be confused by that. You could avoid that with an alternate construction like

The complete path to your file is C:\Users\User\Desktop\file.txt

You would use in if you just want to give the directory:

Your file, file.txt, is in C:\Users\User\Desktop\

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