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This site is still in a very early stages of the development, not complete and is not really usable yet, but I will be writing things here a bit at a time.


Finder Up-Button

By default Finder in Mac OS 10.0-10.4.* does not include a button to go up one level in the folder structure and it does not provide a simple way to add it. However there are few standard options that can do the job.

  • First of all there is a shortcut - ⌘↑ (or in the Menu Bar open GO > Enclosing Folder)
  • You can add "Path" drop-down button to the toolbar in the finder
  • You can switch to the column view and easily navigate to the upper levels

But if you just want a simple button that opens a parent/enclosing folder you can use upButton.

Finder Up-Button

Finder upButton finder-upbutton.dmg 21Kb - freeware
finder-upbutton-readme.rtf (included in dmg file)

mini update:
I have not upgraded my computer to Leopard yet, and as a result I did not update upButton too, but Noah, very kindly sent me his version that is designed for the 10.5. I have tested it on my friends computer and it worked fine. - 12Kb
Thank you Noah.

Installation Instructions

  1. Open Application > Utilities Folder and drag or copy the upButton file there (do not close Utilities Folder just yet)
  2. Open Finder, Press ⌘J (to open View > Show View Options menu)
  3. Drag the upButton from the Utilities Folder to the Toolbar area in the Finder, this will create a button that acts as a shortcut for the upButton application.

Currently it was tested only with Apple Mac OS X 10.4.8 and 10.4.9, but I am pretty sure that it would word fine with other versions too.

   ©, last updated 2008.02.18 by Dimka