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How to Get Vista Breadcrumbs in Windows XP


How to Get Vista Breadcrumbs in Windows XP

When it comes to Windows Vista, there are lots of UI changes compared to XP. One of the changes is the breadcrumbs in Windows Explorer. With breadcrumbs, you can easily navigate to folders and files. This feature can also be got in Windows XP. QTAddressBar is a small freeware utility which can enable breadcrumbs in Windows XP.


Once you install the software, you will need to log off and log in back for it to work, but sometimes it works even without log off. Now open Windows Explorer and right click on the toolbar area. You can see a new item added to the menu- QT Breadcrumbs Address Bar and check the option to enable it. Now you can see new navigational bar added to the toolbar area and you can disable the old address bar.

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Now your default navigational bar is replaced by Vista type breadcrumbs. The advantage of using this software is easy navigation to any folder without having to go through lot of double clicks.

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Requirements: .Net Framework

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  1. DWiner

    June 8, 2008 at 3:07 am

    I have used this Vista like toolbar on my XP machine. Thought they do not give the same feeling of Vista, they behave somewhat like them. And are also not that intuitive. After using for a week or so, I have uninstalled and got rid of it.

  2. Nirmal

    June 8, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Agreed that it does not give the same effects in Vista, but then it useful for quick navigation

  3. Rakshit

    June 8, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    It works great on my system. Earlier I used to prefer QTTabbar for easy and quick navigation but this application suits be better or perhaps I can use both at the same time.

  4. abhishek

    June 9, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    quite good navigation…gud find buddy

  5. Cyber

    June 20, 2008 at 7:46 am

    I would be more interesting to know how to disable breadcrumbs in vista. Sure, it might be nice for absolute beginners, but as someone who are not new to computers, i would like to know where i am in my damn filesystem, not what to click!!!! (and for the beginners i guess it will be confusing when they become a bit more advanced, as they have to know two different things: breadcrumbs and paths. It is a broken feature.)

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