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Open parent folder from search results in Finder System
When working with a search results window in Finder, if you select one of the found files and press Command-Up, it will open the enclosing folder for that file.

[robg adds: This normally wouldn't be a hint -- Command-Up Arrow is listed in the Go menu as the shortcut for Enclosing Folder. However, when looking at a search results window, this menu item is grayed out, and can't be selected. Because of that, I'd been using the Finder's Open Enclosing Folder contextual menu item, not even thinking to try the shortcut. But it seems the shortcut is independent of the menu item's status, because it works perfectly.]
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Open parent folder from search results in Finder
Authored by: rmcmahan on Jun 26, '09 08:10:17AM

The bottom of the search window in the finder shows the path to the file. You can double click on any folder icon in that path and that folder will open. Leave it to Apple to give the user multiple ways to do something and then allow the user to decide what is best/easiest for their particular workflow.



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Open parent folder from search results in Finder
Authored by: horhey23 on Jun 26, '09 09:44:44AM

…and leave it to Apple to not document any of these various methods ;)

But that's what we have MacOSXHints.com for, right?



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Open parent folder from search results in Finder
Authored by: Jonas Lundberg on Jun 26, '09 08:21:56AM

Another way is to command-click on the item whose parent folder you want to open.



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Open parent folder from search results in Finder
Authored by: sjk on Jun 26, '09 02:50:01PM

Huh? For me Command-click (de)selects an item.



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Open parent folder from search results in Finder
Authored by: seika7 on Jun 29, '09 04:46:09PM

Command double-click will open a folder in a new window (which is probably what he meant)



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Open parent folder from search results in Finder
Authored by: joshforman on Jun 26, '09 10:49:16AM

I've been pressing Command-R which is usually Reveal in Finder, but in the Finder it's Open Enclosing Folder

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Open parent folder from search results in Finder
Authored by: palahala on Jun 26, '09 11:59:34PM

You're right. In menu "File" the option "Show Original" (Command-R) for aliases is changed to "Open Enclosing Folder" while in the search window. That option is not grayed-out, even though the same "Enclosing Folder" in menu "Go" is deactivated.



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Open parent folder from search results in Finder
Authored by: osxpounder on Jun 26, '09 12:37:42PM

Great hint. I'm glad to see it because I learned some good tips from the comments, too. I didn't realize Cmd-r, in Finder, would open Enclosing Folder.



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Command-Uparrow vs. Command-R
Authored by: sjk on Jun 26, '09 02:53:32PM
There may be exceptions, but generally:

Command-Uparrow opens the enclosing folder in a new window; Command-R opens it in the current window.

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Open parent folder from search results in Finder
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jul 01, '09 08:18:14AM

Sounds like he's talking about a quick spotlight search



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Open parent folder from search results in Finder
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jul 01, '09 08:25:45AM

Not sure why my comment appeared where it did.. I meant it to be in response to Jonas Lundberg who said that he could just command click items.



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Open parent folder from search results in Finder
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jul 01, '09 08:31:41AM

I guess I'm a little late to the party, but this logic kinda annoyed me a few weeks ago when I was playing with Smart Folders. I often use the cmd-up and when I had my smart folder open I used this expecting it to take me to the folder containing my smart folder but, as explained in this hint, it took me to the folder containing the selected item in my smart folder. Anyone know a quick shortcut that will open the folder containing the smart folder?



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