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I have Windows 7 Starter version on a netbook I recently bought. I'm familiar with XP and Vista, but I can't figure out how to do a very simple thing - to move up one level of folders.

Let's say I have a folder on my hard drive called "Music," and inside that folder are folders called "Rock" and "Classical," both of which have shortcuts on the Desktop. If I click on the shortcut for Rock I can see the songs. Then, if I decide I also want to look at the Classical folder, how do I get there? I can't hit the Back button because I haven't been there yet. In XP, a drop-down window gave me access to all drives and folders. With Vista, the area to the left of the folder's contents showed me the drives and folders.If I want to move up to the contents of the Music folder, how do I get there?

I have the feeling that I'll be embarrassed by the simplicity of the answer, but it's bugging me.

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With any folder open, go to the "Organize" button at the top left, then to the "Layout" option, and put a check in "Navigation pane". That'll get you the folder tree like in Vista.
 

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After a little exploration, I figured it out and yes, I'm embarrassed. Thanks DVOM.

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I missed the old "up" button myself though the rest of Win 7 was so intuitive I couldn't believe this would be so awkward as to need to click a drop-down menu to go to a folder tree to get up one level in the directory...Shucks, I even tried the little pair of "recycle" arrows at the right of the top bar (which still don't do anything that I can see)

But -- FINALLY -- I figured it out just a couple of days ago: In the top bar, as you drill down into a directory, each step is listed in that top bar followed by a right-facing triangle. If you click on ANY of these previous directory names you jump DIRECTLY to that folder...which actually turns out to be much easier than the old "click up a level, click up a level, click up a level...you get the picture.

It's way cool, but I still haven't found it in the help files
 

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Thanks, Philip, I feel a little better now. And you're right about how easy it is to access the other folders.

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It's way cool, but I still haven't found it in the help files
It's in the Section titled Working with Files and Folders.
Or click Start | Help and Support
Search on Navigate using the address bar

Of course knowing the title makes it easier to find;)
 
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I just purchased and would recommend to EVERYBODY the book by David Pogue (Tech writer for the NYT) titled "Windows 7 -- the missing manual"

Granted, being a bit "old-school" I always will favor actual "books" over online help but -- this is a particularly excellent one of the Missing Manual series
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