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Explorer address bar drop-down arrow

  1. #1


    Posts : 9
    windows 8.1

    Explorer address bar drop-down arrow


    Hello,

    I'm slowly graduating from XP to a new computer using windows 8.1

    When using windows file explorer on XP, I often use the drop down arrow in the address bar which then gives a choice of all drives and network places. I just find this the quickest way to navigate, copy files etc.

    On the windows8.1 machine these options don't appear. (I've attached a screen shot)

    I'm certain there is a very simple way to remedy this but I haven't found it.

    Thanks in advance for your help
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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello wooli, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You can click on the arrow (bread crumb) just to the left of This PC in the address bar to see the drives like below instead.

    Click image for larger version
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  3. #3


    Posts : 9
    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello wooli, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You can click on the arrow (bread crumb) just to the left of This PC in the address bar to see the drives like below instead.

    Click image for larger version
    Thanks Brink,

    I knew it would be simple. I've just got a lot to learn.

    What is the right drop down button used for?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.

    It's for previous locations opened in File Explorer. It helps to make it easier to go back to a recently opened location.
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Explorer address bar drop-down arrow
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