Slideshow: Even more new features of Windows 8 File Explorer

The Up button makes a reappearance in File Explorer.


The Up button

In Part I of this series, I began by telling you that the infamous Up button was returned to File Explorer. However, no one seemed to mention it in the discussions that followed the article. I found that rather curious because when Microsoft removed the Up button from Windows Explorer in Windows Vista, many folks were in an uproar and have been looking for a way to get it back for years. I thought that there would be more excitement about the return of the up button I suppose that my emphasis on the Ribbon in that first article stole the thunder.

Anyway, I figured that I would point it out again. As you can see in Figure F, the Up button appears right next to the Back and Forward buttons just like it did in Windows XP. It's a bit smaller, but it works the same way. When you click it, you'll move up one folder in the folder tree. It's a very nice feature to have and I for one am glad that it is back.

What's your take?

What do you think about Windows 8's File Explorer? Are you minimizing the Ribbon? Have you experimented with the Quick Access toolbar? Are you glad to have the Up button back? As always, if you have comments or information to share about this topic, please take a moment to drop by the TechRepublic Community Forums and let us hear from you.

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Sorry MSFT, but from a usability and layout perspective, Win XP Explorer/File Manager still rocks. I can easily change the sidebar, I do not have to puddle around with "Libraries" but instead with "real" folder. Using both Win XP and Win 7, I can't see much good in Explorer for 8 - or 7 for that matter. I guess the only area where 7 (and 8?) shines is how it scans and updates your network connected resources. That area is clearly better than XP.

I haven't read anywhere else that this button is back. We are just starting to get a larger percentage of Win 7 machines so I have just started running into not having this button. Bill

What the ...!
What the ...!

I've seen this mentioned incessantly by some. In Win 7 all you have to do is click on the desired folder (in the address bar) above the one you are currently viewing and voila, you are there. You can even move up several levels! W.T.F., people? It's not magic! Just look around.