File Explorer’s Address Bar Has a Cool Feature in Windows 10

Dave LeClair 20-11-2015

Picture this: You’re in Windows Explorer looking for a file. Perhaps you really need to get access to a document for whatever reason. Then, it hits you that you need to launch the command prompt 7 Quick Tips to Improve the Windows Command Prompt You should learn more about the Command Prompt. It's a more valuable resource than most people realize. These tips will improve your command line experience, even if you're a seasoned user. Read More to find out what version of windows How to Find Out Which Version of Windows 10 You Have Knowing the build number of your Windows 10 machine could be the difference between successful and unsuccessful troubleshooting. Here's how to find it quickly. Read More you’re running.


You could open a Run box and type “cmd” as you would normally, but that creates an extra, unnecessary step, since you could just use the address bar right in the Explorer window!


It’s not just the command prompt that you can launch straight from the address bar, either. Any system level tool will work. Want to launch the Windows calculator 5 Free Calculator Apps If You Aren't Happy With The Windows Calculator Read More ? Just type “calc”. Looking for a file on your external hard drive and it’s missing? Type “devmgmt.msc”, which opens the system device manager.

You can also type the name of a program into the address bar. So, if you want to play Hearthstone 5 Things You Can Start Doing Today To Get Better At Hearthstone Hearthstone is huge, and that means it's time to actually get good at it! Here are five habits that you need to pick up if you want to improve at Blizzard's new game. Read More , for example, just start typing “hearthstone” into the address bar and Windows will finish the rest for you, allowing you to click the link and launch the program.

Typing system folders will also work. So if you want Documents 9 Must Have Modern Apps For Viewing, Editing & Managing Documents On a tablet or hybrid device, touch first modern apps can be great! Even those for handling documents. Let's look at some of them. Read More , Videos, or Pictures, you can just type it into the address bar, hit Enter, and go.


You already knew the File Explorer was a powerful way to find your programs and files, but did you know that you could also skip the Run box with it? Will you be adding this to your Windows workflow?

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  1. Anonymous
    November 21, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    This is not new to Windows 10. This has been around for quite some time. Also, from the Explorer File menu you can launch a command prompt as normal or as admin quickly.

  2. vferg
    November 20, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    #1 tip I did not know existed in Windows 10. Thanks for that, this is actually extremely useful. I guess I should have known this will work since I was using the cortana box as a run command place and works the same through it as well.

  3. Deepak
    November 20, 2015 at 7:53 am

    "... find out what version of windows you’re running."

    That level of sarcasm is unparalleled.