"Open File Location" in Search Results opens Recent Items Folder

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by dorjen1, Jul 28, 2007.

  1. dorjen1

    dorjen1 Guest

    I am using Windows Vista Business. Whenever I search for files using Vista
    Search, it often returns documents present in the "Recent Items" folder.
    When I click on these items, they successfully open up with the appropriate
    program. However, if I right click on them and select "Open file location,"
    it opens the recent items folder instead of the folder where the file is
    actually located. Also, if I attempt to drag and copy these files, it only
    copies the shortcut, rather than the actual file. It would be nice if these
    problems could be fixed.

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    dorjen1, Jul 28, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    All I have is a workaround. You could clear the Recent Items List, or turn
    Recently Opened Files off completely. I don't know why it only shows the
    shortcut in the Recent Items folder, and not the actual file in the results
    list. It will do this if a shortcut doesn't exist in the Recent Items
    folder. It should actually show both, however, if both files exist. Too, I
    guess, when you select "Open file location" and the Recent Items folder pops
    up, you could do the "Open file location" one more time.
    dean-dean, Jul 29, 2007
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  3. Dorjen1

    I doubt that this will be changed. What you see in the Recent Items folder
    are simple shortcuts to files that you have used. The behavior you are
    seeing is the same as you would see with any other shortcut.
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Jul 29, 2007
  4. dorjen1

    dean-dean Guest

    Hi Ronnie, I think the OP meant that by typeing example.doc in Start Search
    in the Start Menu, it only lists a shortcut to example.doc found in
    Recent Items. This makes it impossible to copy or cut the file directly .
    However, the standalone "regular" Search window will list both the Recent
    Items shortcut and the actual file the shortcut points to, e.g., example.doc
    and example.doc.lnk.

    Curiously, if the shortcut is deleted in Recent Items, Start Search will
    then list the actual file. It's just that if there's a shortcut in Recent
    Items, Start Search only wants the shortcut listed, and not both the
    original file and the shortcut. Since Recent Items is located on the Start
    Menu as well, it seems Start Search should show the actual item, and not be
    a redundant function of Recent Items.
    dean-dean, Jul 30, 2007
  5. Dean-Dean

    Thanks. I wasn't paying attention. :)

    This is definitely a bug with the search component. The only way around it
    that I can see would be to exclude the Recent Items folder in the Indexing
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Jul 31, 2007
  6. dorjen1

    dean-dean Guest

    Hi Ronnie. Yes, excluding the Recent Items folder in the Indexing options
    is actually an excellent idea. When searching, I'm not really looking for
    those shortcuts anyway. Thanks.
    dean-dean, Jul 31, 2007
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