Chapter 6: Mastering Windows Explorer and Searching Your Computer
Location Indicator icon
The Location Indicator icon depicts the type of resource you are currently
accessing. You’ll see different icons, including those for disk drives, folders, vir-
tual folders, and so on. Clicking the Location Indicator icon shows the actual
path or location, such as C:\Users\Williams\Pictures. Although you cannot click
the path a second time to restore the original view, you can double-click the icon
to view the same drop-down list provided by the Previous Locations button.
Path Selection list button
The Path Selection list button provides access to the available base locations.
Selecting a base location allows you to quickly access a key Windows Explorer
view, such as Control Panel, Computer, or Desktop.
Location Path entries
The Location Path shows the absolute or relative path to the current location.
You can access a folder anywhere along the path that’s displayed by clicking the
link for that folder. You can access a subfolder of any folder displayed by click-
ing the arrow to the right of the folder. This displays a list of all folders in the
selected folder, and you can access one of these folders by clicking it.
Previous Locations button
This provides a drop-down list of locations you’ve accessed which can include
file locations, network drive locations, and web addresses. Unlike the Recent
Pages button, the locations listed can include locations opened in previous Win-
dows Explorer or Internet Explorer sessions. You can jump to a recently
accessed location quickly by clicking the Previous Locations button and then
clicking the desired location.
Using Selected Paths to Quickly Navigate Your Computer
Base locations accessible via the Path Selection list button are important because they
allow you to access key locations on your computer with the click of a button. Click-
ing the Path Selection list button is the easiest way to access and navigate base loca-
tions. The base locations available are:
Selecting this base location accesses your personal folder in Windows Explorer
(see Figure 6-12). Depending on your selection, the taskbar may be updated to
include these additional options: Open, for opening a selected folder or file;
Share, for sharing a selected folder or file; Burn, for burning a selected folder or
file to CD or DVD; and Previous Versions, for accessing a previous version of a
selected folder or file. When you select a file, you’ll also see Print, E-mail, Slide
Show, and Preview options.