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I really hate the way Search Results works in Windows 7.

You get something like this:

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...and, wanting to see the full path (why doesn't it show you that automaticlly, either by making that column wide enough by default or by showing a tooltip of the path when you hover?), I click where I estimate the invisible vertical line is (which worked in previous versions of Windows - why did they fix something that wasn't broken?!?), and that causes the file to open (opening a new instance of Visual Studio, which I definitely did not want). Change for change's sake is a "female dog" (no offense, Lassie)!

Even if you right-click the item and select Properties, General | Location only shows a truncated version of a long file path.

What were they thinking?!?

So how can I view the full path in these search results?

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The sort of view you're using just seems like a waste of space to me. Why not switch to Details view instead? That's what I use and I just add a path column when required.

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Oh, yeah, that's another thing - why isn't Details view the default? I always want windows full-size, I always want the folders in details view by defalt, and ... enough for now. –  B. Clay Shannon Jul 5 '13 at 20:17
Yes, I was fooled by the goofy presentation; once I changed to Design view, it works fine. –  B. Clay Shannon Jul 5 '13 at 20:32
Another thing I hate - how Word doesn't have an easy/obvious "Select All" context menu option any more - that's the thing I use the most. At home, it's not a problem, because I use Open Office, but at work I only have Word, so...frustrating! –  B. Clay Shannon Jul 5 '13 at 23:27
Is that a big problem? Why not just use Ctrl+A? –  Karan Jul 5 '13 at 23:29
I wasn't talking about this answer! I was saying that if you want to access Select All in Word in the old way you were used to (i.e. via the context menu), I can help you fix what Microsoft broke. The answer won't fit in a comment though, so you'll have to post a new question for it. I hope that's clear enough. –  Karan Jul 11 '13 at 1:11

If it is just a single file, you can right click the file and open path location. Then, in the new location, click the explorer bar once and it will show the full path. However, that may become tedious if there are several files you want to check from the search results.

EDIT: Also, whenever I hover over the shortened path, it does display a tool tip of the full location. It only worked for me whenever my cursor was over the actual path text, ie C:\...\foo\...\bar. It did not work when I just hovered over the file in general.

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I get no tooltip when hovering over the path, but switching to the Details view works. –  B. Clay Shannon Jul 5 '13 at 20:33

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