UWP File Explorer has silently got an address bar

As you may already know, there a new File Explorer app bundled with Windows 10 starting with the "Redstone 2" update. It is hidden and has no shortcut yet. It is a modern File Explorer, a Universal app which could replace the classic File Explorer in the near future. Microsoft has added a new feature to this app in recent Windows 10 version 1903 releases.

Windows 10 ships with mostly the same version of Explorer as Windows 8 except for a few changes like Quick Access replacing Favorites. However, Microsoft is making a new "File Explorer" app, which will be a Universal app like Photos, Cortana or Settings.

As of this writing, it is a touch oriented app, with no Ribbon or any shell extensions. Using this app, the user will be able to perform all the basic file tasks which are currently available in File Explorer. These include operations like move, delete, share, select and copy items, set their properties. It also includes the ability to switch to various views for files and folders the way the classic File Explorer app allows in Windows 10.

This is how it currently looks.

UWP File Explorer With Edit Button

The new features include

  • The new "Edit" button next to the current folder's name.UWP File Explorer Edit Button
  • The ability to enter a custom path to the new address text field. UWP File Explorer Address Text Box
  • A context menu attached to the address bar.UWP File Explorer Address Context Menu

However, the app is still hidden in Windows 10 version 1903. See

How to launch the Universal File Explorer app in Windows 10

Work on this universal File Explorer has only really just started, so expect to see even more improvements over the next several Windows 10 feature updates.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

6 thoughts on “UWP File Explorer has silently got an address bar”

  1. Incredible UWP innovation! I wonder what else they have in store for us, being able to copy files? Renaming? Actually browsing folders? UWP has so much potential in comparison to inferior Win32!

  2. The File manager app is downloadable from MS Store.
    THe hidden app can be launched by creating a shortcut using…

    explorer shell:AppsFolder\c5e2524a-ea46-4f67-841f-6a9465d9d515_cw5n1h2txyewy!App

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