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

  • Alt+D (selects the current path)
  • F4 (will put the cursor at the end of the current path and expand the dropdown list of the address bar).

BTW: here's a complete list of keyboard shortcuts in windows 7: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Keyboard-shortcuts

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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
sad i was just going to answer this but glad you finally found it –  subanki Sep 8 '10 at 10:41
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

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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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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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

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