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How to Find Folder Location in Windows Explorer Search Results

Posted on 2014-09-23
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OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8.1 Desktop

QUESTION
How do you view the folder tree of files and folders after performing a search in Windows Explorer?

BACKGROUND
You want to find the location of multiple files or folders using Windows Explorer search, so you enter the search string in the text box. You get a list of results in the current window.

If you right click > "Open Folder Location," you lose all the search results because it opens in the same window.

If you right click > "Open in New Window," it opens the path to the search result location, NOT the path to the file location.

1) You cannot see the file or folder location in folder tree in the left panel.

2) If you look at the folder path in the address bar, you see a text string with Unicode characters for slashes and spaces (eg, %3A, %20, etc.). If you try to enter everything after the "Location:" in that string into another Windows Explorer address bar, it does not translate properly.

WORK AROUND
One work around is to first "Open in New Window". Then open the file in an appropriate program such as Notepad or Excel. Then click "Save As > Browse" and open a folder from the "save as" window.

But is there another way to do this that isn't so clunky? Is there an online program that will convert Unicode to text so Windows Explorer can read it? Is there another Windows option in the context menu, or the toolbar ribbon that I am not aware of?
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Question by:WizeOwl
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by:Darr247
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In Explorer's search results, press Alt+V, ensure Details view is chosen, then select Choose details...Explorer Search - Alt V - Choose details...In the Choose Details dialog, check the Folder item.Explorer Search - Alt V - Choose Details - FolderNow the path to each result will appear in the Folder column of the search results... on the right, in the form
folder name [drive]:\full\path\to\[folder name].
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The Location is also shown on the General tab of each result's Properties dialog.

You can click & drag across that to highlight the path, then copy it to clipboard, if it's too long to easily remember.
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by:Merete
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What I do is type in my search then once it has found them all
look to the bottom >see more results< this will open the entire search
in one page  then I rightclick one and open file location,  or view content
alternatively use Darr247 suggestion of adding the views while in the search results page.
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by:WizeOwl
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@Darr247 - Yes, your suggestion does allow me to "see" the folder path. However, it does not allow me to navigate to that folder and view the folder tree, which is what happens when you "Right Click > Open File Location". However, if I want to view another location for another search result, I must click the "Back Arrow" and perform the search all over again, and again, and again.

Another Work Around I just realized is the following...

- Right click the file or folder in the search results.
- Select Properties.
- With the mouse pointer, select "Location" path and copy to clipboard (ctrl+c).
- Paste into address bar of a new window - et Voila!

Does Microsoft provide an elegant solution for this?

"Open File Location In New Window" would be the best solution.
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by:WizeOwl
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@Merete - Your suggestion about "see more results" is good when applicable. In your second comment, it seems you are providing a suggestion on how to make the search work faster.
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by:WizeOwl
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My apologies. When I posted my Work Around solution, I had not seen that Darr247 had already posted that method above.
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by:Merete
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No worries WizeOwl
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