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Windows 8.1 - pasting file path to navigate to

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#1 no-sweat

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 22:26

Hi.

 

In Windows 8 (and Windows 7 I believe), I was able to hit the start button, paste a file path from my clipboard, and hit enter. The folder would then open in windows explorer.. it was great and made navigating to the path so quick and easy.

 

In Windows 8.1, I can hit the start button but pasting does nothing :( Instead I have to bring up the menu on the right side, hit Search, THEN paste it.

 

Did I configure something wrong to make this happen or did Microsoft just change this feature? Any tips how to get it back?

 

I guess I could add the address toolbar to my taskbar but I'd rather have the old way back, it's still easier!

 

Thanks!



Best Answer notchinese , 26 January 2014 - 22:59

Or Win + Q automatically searches everything, and file paths work

 

Or Win + E to open My Computer

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#2 Eric

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 22:30

Hit Windows-R and paste the path into the run box. (I just tried pasting a path into Win 8 Start screen's search and it worked fine. Use Win-F to bring up File search.)

#3 notchinese

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 22:59   Best Answer

Or Win + Q automatically searches everything, and file paths work

 

Or Win + E to open My Computer



#4 Dot Matrix

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 23:24

Win+S to open search, CTRL+V to paste.

#5 nub

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 23:59

You could also hit any key, backspace, and then paste



#6 OP no-sweat

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 04:59

Thanks guys, Win+Q is the winner. Win+R is a good backup.

 

And, backspacing the metro search is the backup backup    :D

 

Thanks again