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Windows 7: up button

08 Jan 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate Beta 7000
up button

is there a way to get the up button back like in xp?

for windows 7 or i guess vista too

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08 Jan 2009   #2

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

Hello tdk08,

Welcome to the forums.

There may be a third party app that will do that, but you can click on any folder in the path and be taken to that folder. Called a breadcrumb trail or something like that. The arrows next to each folder will give you a list of what's there.

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08 Jan 2009   #3

Windows 7 RC1

You can also use backspace if your not comfortable with that.
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22 Aug 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Abhimanyu View Post
You can also use backspace if your not comfortable with that.
Backspace navigates back, not up.
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01 Sep 2009   #5

Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP

The breadcrumb is not as good as the old up-button in XP and unfortunately not a perfect alternative. The biggest problem is that it does not support ctrl-click (which should open the folder in a new window). Ctrl-click on the up-button did that, and it's very useful... I have no idea why on earth MS didn't implement that in the breadcrumb also - that would be the easiest thing in the world for them, and it would not break any new UI-philosofies...

However, there is help
I bought "Mavis Up Button" (only $5) and it works in both Vista and Windows 7 (including ctrl-click of course)! The only problem I've found with it is that it does not support multiple running instances of explorer.exe. Now, that's not very common, but some apps open a new explorer.exe, and that causes explorer to crash :/ At least on my Vista 64-bit...
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13 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate, Signature Edition 64bit

So..... I got the 7 upgrade for the older HP Pavillion running through my TV in the living room. Runs great too. Got a nice mouse, enabled the onscreen keyboard, and put the actual keyboard away. I'm really missing that up button in Explorer.

Has anyone found a way to enable the lost XP feature?

I'm running both 32 and 64 bit systems.
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13 Nov 2009   #7


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MrBachelor View Post

Has anyone found a way to enable the lost XP feature?

I'm running both 32 and 64 bit systems.
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14 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate (x86)

Since Vista I've gotten very used to clicking in the address bar to navigate up. I find it easier almost since I can skip multiple folders. For opening in a new window I jsut right click the folder in the nav pane and select open in new window.
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26 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

You know, I been googling etc about this very problem and HUNDREDS of people on dozens of forums, message boards etc have complained about not liking the bread crumbs and wishing there was a way to add in the up button again.

I tried the trial of Mavis Up Button but considering I need it for about 6 computers, it's kind of a rip off.

Looks like it was cracked "Mavis.Up.Button.v1.0-Lz0" but I sure as heck can't find it.

I can't believe no ones made a free little tool to add this in yet with as many people as there are asking. I'm actually shocked.

Hopefully someone does soon, I don't really like the bread crumbs either.
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27 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64

I am working on a free utility that adds the Up button to Windows Explorer (among other features). See attached screenshot.

It is still in beta and I could use some testers. If anybody is interested, contact me at {REMOVED} and I can send you a copy.

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