Chapter 6: Mastering Windows Explorer and Searching Your Computer
For movies and videos in Windows Media Player-supported formats, you’ll see a pre-
view of the first frame, filename, date modified, date created, and size (Figure 6-8).
Navigating Your Computer with the Address Bar
The ubiquitous Address bar appears at the top of Windows Explorer and all its
related views. Because you see the Address bar so much, you may take it for granted
and not get the most out of its new features. Let’s fix that by taking a closer look at
what the Address bar offers.
Accessing Locations on Your Computer
The Address bar displays your current location as a series of links separated by
arrows. This allows you to determine the current location on your computer, on
your network, or on the Internet. File and folder locations aren’t the only types of
locations you can navigate using these features. You can also navigate Control Panel
categories and network devices.
In the example shown in Figure 6-9, the location is:
Computer ➝ Local Disk (C:) ➝ Users ➝ williams
This tells you that the absolute path followed to get to the current location is C:\
In some cases, you might also see a relative or abbreviated path, such as may happen
when you follow a shortcut or browse to a path that cannot be fully depicted on the
Address bar. As shown in Figure 6-10, a relative or abbreviated path is indicated by
the left-pointing double-angle character (<<). In this example, the location is:
« mypictures ➝ Summer Vacation ➝ Islands of Adventure
This tells you that the relative or abbreviated path of the current location is
mypictures\Summer Vacation\Islands of Adventure.
Figure 6-8. Summary for a video file
Figure 6-9. The address path, which lists the current location