Alternatively referred to as the location bar or URL bar, the address bar is a name used to describe the text box used to enter a websites address in a browser. For example, for this page the address "http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/a/addrebar.htm" should be listed in your address bar, which is often at the top of the window. The address bar allows the user to enter a URL of the page they wish to visit or save that page for later. New browsers will also allow a user to click the down arrow to view recently visited pages. Below, are two examples of what an address bar may look like in your browser.
Internet Explorer 6 address bar
Internet Explorer 7 secure address bar
Tip: All browsers support the shortcut key Ctrl + L to focus on the Address bar without using your mouse. See our shortcut key to get into the address bar tip for other ways to focus on Address bar.
The latest versions of Internet browsers including Internet Explorer have replaced the Address bar with an Omnibox. The Omnibox is a box that supports more than just an Internet address, it also supports searching and other special features depending upon the browser.
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