Even though Microsoft removed the Up button from the Windows Explorer Command Bar in Windows 7, they did not remove the functionality from the operating system. In fact there are two ways that you can access and use the Up functionality in Windows Explorer—a keyboard shortcut and a menu item.
When you are in Windows Explorer and want to go up one folder, you can use the use the keyboard shortcut [Alt]+Up Arrow. You can also, pull down the View menu, select the Go To menu, and choose the Up one level command.
Using either of these techniques as an Up button replacement will work just fine, but they are not as convenient as having an Up button on the Command Bar. If you really want to put the Up button on the Command Bar, check out my February 2011 article Add the Up button to the Explorer Command Bar in Windows 7.
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