How do I create a shortcut for a path address which I can then use in Windows File Explorer's address bar?

Rather than navigate through the filesystem structure every time, I want to do this:

  1. Open Windows File Explorer with Windows+E
    • go to address bar with Alt+D
  2. Type for example _ng which will automatically open the folder C:\users\myuser\projects\open\new-garden

I know there is a workaround to create an environment variable but then I have to use % which is not so fast.


type for example _ng which will automatically open folder

The closest you can get to this will be to define a user environment variable named _ng and set it to the value C:\users\myuser\projects\open\new-garden. Then to use it you'd type %_ng% into the Explorer address bar. To make it even faster to type, give the environment variable a single-letter name, such as G.

Alternate Solutions

  • Create an entry for the folder in the Favorites section of Explorer in the left pane. You can access your folder with a single click.
  • Create a shortcut to your folder and pin it to the Taskbar. This however doesn't give you quick access to your folder from within the Open/Save dialogs of programs.
  • Map a drive letter such as G: to your folder. Then typing G: into the address bar will take you to that folder. However, you'll be accessing content through that drive letter, not the original folder path.
  • thanks for the reply. Using PATH variables is not so good solution for me. The reason is that keyboard layout for my language has % on really annoying place - I have to press Alt-Gr + 5. – Ron Do Apr 15 '17 at 18:21
  • @RonDo Just to clarify, I'm not talking about modifying the PATH variable; however your point is valid if use of % is problematic. Unfortunately, that's the only way to create a shortcut that can be used directly from Explorer's address bar. Otherwise you must use one of the alternate approaches. – I say Reinstate Monica Apr 15 '17 at 18:24
  • I added another possible alternate idea. – I say Reinstate Monica Apr 15 '17 at 18:27
  • thanks again. Exactly, it is called environment variable, not PATH variable - this is a lapsus. I corrected now in the question. I'll take a look at the added alternate idea and test how it works for me. – Ron Do Apr 15 '17 at 18:33

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