You can access web content by typing in windows address bar. But can you access a file by typing it's directory in the web browser URL? Typing in the URL something like:


will let you browse your files (FTP way). In that way you can open some basic files like: txt or bmp. But other files will just download.

Is there a way or addon that will allow me to open a specific location/file on my pc through browsers url? So if I type in the URL:


it will open "installed programs" window.


For "%systemroot%/system32/appwiz.cpl" this is possible by using Internet Explorer and when you get the download dialouge, just select open. For other browsers you will have to type "file:///C:/Windows/System32/appwiz.cpl" and select "Open" in the download dialogue.

Tested and confirmed working on XP and Win 8 with Chrome and IE

  • Nice! To bad that this only works (like it should) with IE. Thank you. – NightKn8 Jul 8 '14 at 13:14
  • I had this working for me with Chrome aswell, atleast for the appwiz.cpl file by just opening it (pressing the icon on the download bar) after downloading. – hdalgrav Jul 8 '14 at 13:28

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