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Is there a keyboard shortcut in Windows Explorer (Windows 7), to put the cursor into the address bar (where the current path is shown)?

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up vote 68 down vote accepted

Found it, it's possible with the following two shortcuts:

  • Alt+D selects the current path in English versions (see comments for other languages)
  • on Windows 8, Ctrl+L can also be used to select the current path (all languages)
  • F4 will put the cursor at the end of the current path and expand the dropdown list of the address bar (all languages)

BTW: here's a complete list of keyboard shortcuts in windows 7:

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Those shortcuts also work on IE, and ALT+D works on all browsers. – paradroid Sep 8 '10 at 7:00
BTW,, if you accept your own answer, you get one of those bronze badges, I think. – paradroid Sep 8 '10 at 7:10
Alt+D doesn't work on non-English versions of Windows 7 (tried on Brazilian Portuguese and German, probably affects others). – muriloq Oct 25 '11 at 18:48
Alt+D doesn't work in Ukrainian and Russian versions as well. – akapelko Jul 14 '13 at 20:14

If you're using non-English version, you can use AutoHotkey with this script:

#IfWinActive ahk_class CabinetWClass
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Another AutoHotKey solution based on the one from @epifun

@epifun 's solution does not work if the address in the addressbar is very long.

#IfWinActive ahk_class CabinetWClass
   ControlFocus, ToolbarWindow322
   send {space}
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I can't verify this myself at the moment since I'm using Mac OS X, but this webpage suggests that Alt-D is what you're looking for (see section "Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts").

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Ctrl+L seems now to be working in many browsers to do that, in File Explorer too. Now - I mean Windows 8 (7 does not work).

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Ctrl+L doesn't work in Windows 7 to focus the Windows Explorer address bar. – David Murdoch Dec 19 '14 at 16:34
You're right. I've made edit. – pbies Dec 26 '14 at 17:40

F6 does the trick for me.

(PC, successive versions of Windows including 8.1, as I write.)

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<kbd>F6</kbd> changes focus to the column header for me in Windows 7. – Jason Aller May 19 '15 at 16:57
Windows 8.1 here and F6 doesn't work for me. It seems to select the next Windows pane, similar to pressing Tab. I believe your solution is for Internet Explorer (not Windows Explorer) and other browsers, where F6 does change focus to the Address Bar. – Josh May 19 '15 at 17:59

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