Figure 6-11. Working with network resources

Figure 6-11. Working with network resources

Here are the features of the Address bar, from left to right:

Forward/Back buttons

The Forward and Back buttons allow you to navigate locations you've already visited. Similar to when you are browsing the Web, the locations you've visited are stored in a location history, and you can browse the location history by clicking the Forward and Back buttons. Recent Pages button

The Recent Pages button provides a drop-down list of recently accessed locations. You can jump to a recently accessed location quickly by clicking the Recent Pages button and then clicking the desired location. Because the recently accessed locations are limited to the current session, only locations you've accessed since opening the current Windows Explorer window are listed.

Address Path button

The Address Path button shows the absolute or relative path you are currently accessing and provides options for working with this path. As discussed next, the Address path includes a Location Indicator icon, a Path Selection list button, Location Path entries, and a Previous Locations button.

Refresh button

The Refresh button refreshes the view. Clicking the Refresh button displays any updates to contents in the selected location.

Out of all these features, the one you'll work with the most is the Address path. The Address path has four key components, from left to right:

Location Indicator icon

The Location Indicator icon depicts the type of resource you are currently accessing. You'll see different icons, including those for disk drives, folders, virtual folders, and so on. Clicking the Location Indicator icon shows the actual path or location, such as C:\Users\Williams\Pictures. To restore the original view, press Esc. You can double-click the icon to view the same drop-down list provided by the Previous Locations button. Path Selection list button

The Path Selection list button provides access to the available base locations. Selecting a base location allows you to quickly access a key Windows Explorer view, such as Control Panel, Computer, or Desktop.

Location Path entries

The Location Path shows the absolute or relative path to the current location. You can access a folder anywhere along the path that's displayed by clicking the link for that folder. You can access a subfolder of any folder displayed by clicking the arrow to the right of the folder. This displays a list of all folders in the selected folder, and you can access one of these folders by clicking it. Previous Locations button

This provides a drop-down list of locations you've accessed, which can include file locations, network drive locations, and web addresses. Unlike the Recent Pages button, the locations listed can include locations opened in previous Windows Explorer sessions. You can jump to a recently accessed location quickly by clicking the Previous Locations button and then clicking the desired location.

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