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So I searched for a folder in my drive. I found the drive and selected "Open in a new Window". And now I want to get to the parent folder of that one.

But now the address bar shows Search Results in D: > New Folder. There are no "upper" buttons in the window, just back and forward. And Alt + Up Arrow goes back to the search results. I don't want the search results, I want the parent folder.

How do I do that?

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Use "Open folder location" rather than "Open in a new window".

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Yeah, I guess that does it, but it's strange that you have to go back to the search results to achieve this. –  djeidot Jan 21 '10 at 11:59
@djeidot, You don’t have to go back to the search results if you hold Shift when you select Open Folder Location. –  Synetech May 3 '11 at 0:24
@Synetech I cannot find such hold shift and select Open Folder Location without going back to the search result. This is so silly me. –  Nam G. VU May 4 '12 at 8:43
@Nam, there is plenty silly when it comes to Windows Search. –  Synetech May 5 '12 at 0:09
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Open folder location is the ideal, built-in way, but another option is to create your own Open in New Window context menu entry as follows:


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\Open New Window]
@="Open New &Window"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\Open New Window\Command]
@="Explorer.exe \"%L\""

This will open the folder in the normal file-system hierarchy as opposed to as a child of search results.

Yet another option is to create an Open Parent context menu to allow you to open the parent of a folder:


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\Open Parent]
@="Open New &Window"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\Open Parent\Command]
@="Explorer.exe \"%L\\..\""
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