Windows Vista and Windows 7 include the Open file location context menu item for Shortcuts, which help you quickly open the target folder of a shortcut. In Windows XP, it takes four mouse clicks to accomplish the task. To open the target folder of a shortcut in Windows XP, you need to right-click on the shortcut file, click Properties and click the Find Target button to open the parent folder of the target file or folder. And an additional mouse click is needed to close the Shortcut Properties dialog.
You can add the Open file location feature in Windows XP (similar to what you have in Windows Vista) using one of the two methods. Method 1 uses a .REG file, and Method 2 uses a VBScript that I wrote. No additional shell extensions are needed!
Note: The only drawback of Method 1 is that the Open file location command will be seen in the context menu of every file and folder, not only for shortcuts. If you need the Open file location command shown only for shortcuts (.lnk files), then you may use my VBScript which is discussed in Method 2 below.
Download findtarget.reg and save to Desktop. Right-click on the file and choose Merge. The Open file location command is added to the context menu for all files.
To remove the option, use the findtarget-undo.reg file.
Here is a VBScript that I wrote which adds the Open file location command to the context menu of shortcuts (.lnk files)
Download opentargetdir.zip extract and save the Script file opentargetdir.vbs to your Windows folder. To open the Windows folder in your system, type %systemroot% in Start, Run dialog and click OK. Double-click the file opentargetdir.vbs to run it. When you see the following prompt, click OK.
The Open file location command is now added to the context menu for shortcuts.
As the dialog says, type UNINSTALL and press ENTER if you want to remove the Open file location command from the context menu. Then delete the file opentargetdir.vbs from your Windows directory.
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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.