File Explorer Cannot Edit Address Bar

Recently I could not edit the address bar in the default file explorer on Windows XP. I searched all over the Internet but didn’t find anything that fit my exact issue.

The problem ended up being that the “address bar” toolbar was hidden to the right of the window. I could just barely see the A in address and once I dragged the separator over to the left the entire address bar finally showed at the top of the screen.

I wanted to be able to type something like “C:\downloads” into the address bar and go there without having to clock through folders to do this. Anyhow it was funny finally figuring out that what I thought was the address bar was actually just a title at the top of the window that also displayed the directory path. I thought that this was a non editable address bar when in fact my address bar was hidden!