Windows 7 explorer no longer supports a “folder up” button that can take you back up to the parent folder. Instead, Windows 7 and Vista only has a back button. Below is to add a simple “up” button to Windows explorer in Windows 7 or Vista using a free program called “ClassicShell”. As its name suggests, this software adds a number of functions inspired by the classic Windows XP shell, including a classic “start” menu.
Step 1: download the latest version of ClassicShell (works on 32bit and 64 bit OS’s). The version I used at the time of this writing is 1.9.8
Step 2: run the executable to begin the installation. Make sure to uncheck “Classic Start Menu” (unless you in fact want it) but keep “classic explorer” checked.
Step 3: Open any folder then press ALT+T on your keyboard to access “folder options” in Windows 7.
Step 4: Click on the “view” tab and then check “always show menus”. And click “OK”.
Step 5: Right click in a blank area on the newly visible file menu then check “Classic Explorer Bar”.
Step 6: Click on the now-visible “ClassicShell” icon to access the program settings.
Step 7: In the Classic Explorer settings, do the following
- Check “Show Up button in the title bar”
- Uncheck “Show caption in the title bar” and “Show icon in the title bar” — unless you want these.
- Uncheck “Enable classic copy UI” and “Show free space and file size in status bar” — unless you want these.
- Click “OK”
Step 8: Once you exit out of the settings, go back and uncheck “Classic Explorer Bar” — unless you actually like and want it. (Remember that the object of this post is to only add an “UP folder” button to Windows explorer).
Step 9: Go back to the folder options (ALT+T as in steps 3 and 4 above) and uncheck “always show menus” then click OK.