Use Bread Crumb Bar Copy Address to Create Shortcuts of Buried Folders

In the Bread Crumb Trail Bar of Windows Vista’s Explorer, if you right-click in the Address bar on a folder name, a context menu appears showing the following options:

  1.  Copy Address
  2. Copy Address As Text
  3. Edit Address

The last one, viz. Edit Address command, just duplicates the effect of clicking in an unoccupied part of the Address bar, and is thus, in a way, well, redundant.

The Copy Address As Text option, creates a text string of the path. You can use it to paste it into any text receiving application like Notepad, Word, etc.

However the first one is rather useful.

The Copy Address also does the same thing by allowing you to paste the path in such documents or emails. But it does more!

First, it also lets you copy the entire contents of the current folder into another location, such as the Desktop.

It even lets you create a shortcut of that folder, anywhere, easily. In fact with it, you can create shortcuts of deeply buried ‘folders, that are not part of the Windows file system, like the Control Panel applets.

Right click on the folder and select ‘Copy Address. Then go to Desktop. To Copy entire contents of the folder, select Paste. To create just its shortcut, select ‘Paste Shortcut’

Sure you can also right-click on the applets to create shortcuts too, but this one lets you create shortcuts of some, which you otherwise could not have.

Lets take an example. To create a shortcut of say, ‘Manage Network Connections’.

Open Control Panel > Network And Internet > Network And Sharing Center > Manage Network Connections

A window will open which will have the path as Control Panel\Network And Internet\Network Connections, right-click on it > Copy Address. Next right-click on the desktop, and choose Paste Shortcut.

And you will have created its shortcut on the desktop. You can do so for several such more.

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