Shortcut key for "Open file location" in Windows 7

  • Richard Herron

    I'm new to Windows (former Mac user) and using Windows 7 for about two months now.

    I almost exclusively use the taskbar to navigate to files (i.e., I press the Win/meta key and start typing... my libraries and naming conventions make it pretty easy to get the correct file). Then I press enter and the file opens. Awesome.

    But sometimes I want to see the file in its folder (i.e., maybe I want to rename, move, copy, etc.). To do this I need to mouse/trackpad over and right click to get the "Open in file location" options. Is there another way, short of searching for the folder name instead? Is there a hotkey/shortcut for "Open file location"? Thanks!

  • Answers
  • Richard Herron

    One solution -- Type search phrase into task bar and arrow down to the appropriate entry. Then press the (context) menu key, and "i" for the "Open file location" entry. This isn't as good as a shortcut, but may be as good as it gets.

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  • GeneQ

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    Dialog Navigator 1.01.

    The left panel contains lots of "places".

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    A Drive List is at the top where it says 'Look in' and you have the Red /\.

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  • Umber Ferrule

    There's also OpenWide (which I've used for over 12 months now):

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    • Set initial keyboard focus
    • Set initial view style
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