How to Get Windows Vista and 7’s “Open File Location” Option in XP?

Recently a reader asked us how to add "Open File Location" option in Windows XP? Actually Windows Vista and 7 provide this option in file context menu. Whenever you right-click on a shortcut, you get "Open File Location" option which leads you to the folder containing the original file.


You can get this useful option in Windows XP using a very simple registry hack. Simply download following ZIP file, extract it and run the "Add Open File Location Option in Windows XP.Reg" file to add this option. There is also an Undo file in case you want to remove the option:

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  • dude... that's ridiculous... it creates that option for ALL FILES, not only for shortcuts ¬¬

  • Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\shell\File Location]
    @="Open &File Location"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\shell\File Location\command]
    @="\"explorer.exe\" /select,\"%1\""

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