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When I do a search for files on my system with Windows 7 built-in search, it opens a window with search results. If ones of the results is a folder and I open it, I go to a location like ms:query=searchstring\Folder name, which displays as " ▶ Search Results ▶ Folder name".

Is there any quick way I can convert this into a normal folder view like C:\Users\Username\Desktop\Folder name, so that I can navigate up to the parent directory, etc.? Preferably I'd like to be able to open it in a new window.

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Easy! The search results will contain files from various folders. Right-click the file or folder you are interested in exploring. In the context menu select "Open File Location" or "Open Folder Location" (ctrl+click to open in a new window). Explorer will jump there and highlight the file or folder.

A change from XP is that backspace no longer moves up a folder in Explorer. Backspace acts like a web browser back button now. But once you are Exploring the file or folder you can click the breadcrumbs in the location box to move up the path.

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Yeah that's what I do already. :/ It doesn't always show files from the folders, though, and I guess I should have said that I want to open it in a new window. –  endolith May 28 '11 at 2:32
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Still this the only way to do this and you can also use Shift key to open it in new window. –  avirk Apr 22 '12 at 22:25
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Unfortunately, it doesn't actually work this way. When you right click on a file, the context menu only offers "open folder location" sometimes. It seem to happen randomly. There needs to be a way to tell windows to always show the file path in the search results.

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I think it is always there, but the position may not be where you expect? –  endolith Dec 26 '12 at 1:43
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  1. Right click, select Properties
  2. Click in file path
  3. Hit Home, then hit Ctrl-Shift-End to select all of path.
  4. Ctrl-C to copy.
  5. Paste in path bar.
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