How to Navigate Folders with the Windows 10 Address Bar - dummies

How to Navigate Folders with the Windows 10 Address Bar

By Andy Rathbone

In Windows 10, directly beneath every folder’s title bar or Ribbon lives the Address bar, shown here. Web surfers will experience déjà vu: The Windows Address bar is lifted straight from the top edge of web browsers like Internet Explorer and glued atop every folder.

An Address bar.
An Address bar.

The Address bar’s four main parts, described from left to right in the following list, perform four different duties:

  • Backward and Forward buttons: These two arrows track your path as you forage through your PC’s folders. The Backward button backtracks to the folder you just visited. The Forward button brings you back.

  • Down arrow button: Click this extraordinarily tiny arrow to see a drop-down list of folders you’ve visited previously. You can click any listed folder for a quick revisit.

  • Up Arrow button: Click the Up Arrow button to move up one folder from your current folder. For example, if you’ve been sorting files in your Documents folder’s “Stuff” folder, click the Up arrow to return to your Documents folder.

  • Address: Just as a web browser’s Address bar lists a website’s address, the Windows Address bar displays your current folder’s address — its location inside your PC. For example, the Address bar shown has three words: This PC, Documents, and Stuff. Those words tell you that you’re looking inside the Stuff folder inside the Documents folder on This PC. (That’s your PC, as opposed to somebody else’s PC.)

  • Search box: Every Windows folder sports a Search box. Instead of searching the Internet, though, it rummages through your current folder’s contents. For example, if you type the word carrot into a folder’s Search box, Windows digs through that folder’s contents and retrieves every file or folder mentioning carrot.

In the Address bar, notice the little arrows between the words This PC, Documents, and Stuff. The arrows offer quick trips to other folders. Click any arrow — the one to the right of the word Documents, for example. A little menu drops down from the arrow, letting you jump to any other folder inside your Documents folder.