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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
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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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