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Here's what I want to do:

  1. Hit Windows.
  2. Type in a search for a file.
  3. Select the file (arrow keys).
  4. Open the file's containing folder without right-clicking (like in Spotlight with Command + Enter).
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You could use the menu button on your keyboard, assuming you have one. Replacing your step 4 with the following has what I think is the desired effect:

  1. Menu
  2. Arrow keys to "Open File Location" option. Update: Or just press i - see comments.
  3. Enter

Now, it's hardly a shortcut, but since you're arrowing to the file maybe this isn't too much of an additional chore compared to having to mouse as well?

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Looks like this is the best answer I can hope for. Maybe Microsoft will add a shortcut for 'Open file location' in the future. For now you can hit the "Menu" key (if you have one) then press 'i.' – jedavis Jun 17 '10 at 18:41
    
Indeed! I'd obviously completely failed to look at the underline short cuts; "i" is much better than arrowing there! – DMA57361 Jun 17 '10 at 19:26

Select a file, press Alt+Enter to open the properties, then press Alt+F for "Open File Location".

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Not really a native Windows shortcut, but I do this all the time with Launchy. It allows you to open any location anytime by just typing:

  1. Alt+Space
  2. Type Address
  3. Enter
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(Just another way of thinking inspired by @DMA57361)

If your mouse has some unused buttons, you can create macro for your one of these buttons. The macro can be [Right Mouse Click] + [Delay] + ["i"].

For example, I am using the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000, I use the Microsoft Keyboard and Mouse Center to create a macro for my left side button:

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Now, you can just use one-button-click to open file location. Good luck!

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