I love Vista’s Explorer interface, but the one thing I miss is the “up” button. In this guide you’ll learn how to emulate the up button with a keyboard shortcut. I’ve also included some other useful keyboard shortcuts.
Emulating the “up” Button with a Keyboard Shortcut
To navigate up one directory e.g. from C:WindowsTemp to C:Windows, use the following shortcut:
More Windows Explorer Shortcut Keys
Shortcut Effect Alt+Left Go back Alt+Right Go forward Alt+Enter See properties of highlighted file Alt+D Focus and select path in address bar F4 Display the address bar drop down list F11 Run Explorer in full-screen mode
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One of things I love about the Vista Explorer interface is the fact that you don’t NEED an up button. You just click the folder that you want in the filepath that appears in the address bar. So instead of clicking ‘up’ 7 times, just click the folder you want to get to, right there in the address bar.
Max, I love that too. The breadcrumbs address bar is a welcomed feature in Vista
why not just use backspace?
Chad, backspace takes you back to the last folder you were in.
For example: If you want to go up to the parent folder after getting to the folder you are in via a shortcut, you will go back to the folder that contained the shortcut to the folder you are in Haha yes, I confused myself, but I hope it makes sense.
Thanks for this, because sometimes the address bar has only the folder you’re in, if it has a long name, and you have to press another button on the side THEN the folder you want, when you really just want to get to the folder above.
What people dont realise is that to use the backspace key or alt/up, you have to use your left hand. This is busy supporting my head while my right hand is on the mouse. Give us back the friggen UP KEY!!!!!!!
Haha as I read this, I am supporting my head with my left hand!
I am left handed so well i find practically everything easy.. (except finding a mouse)
Would like to know, what is shortcut equivalent for clicking Updir with CTRL (open new window with parent folder). It was very usefull, and some dumb riped it off.