How to Get “Up” Button and Titlebar Text and Icon Back in Windows Vista and 7 Explorer?

Almost all Windows Vista and 7 users complain about missing "Up" button and Titlebar text in Windows Explorer toolbar. We have blogged about "Mavis Up Button" which can bring back the "Up" button but its not free, you need to pay $4.95 to purchase it.

We have also blogged about "AeroBar" which can bring back the titlebar text back in Windows Vista and 7 Explorer.

The good news is that our favorite tool "Classic Shell" can also bring back the good old "Up" button as well as titlebar text and icon in Windows Explorer as you can see in the following screenshot:


We have already blogged about it in past. When we blogged about this tool, it only provided Classic Start menu, Classic Explorer toolbar buttons and a few other things. But now a new version is available which comes with following changes:

  • Shows Titlebar text and icon
  • Disable Addressbar Breadcrumbs
  • Adds "Up" button in Explorer titlebar
  • New toolbar icons to match Vista and 7
  • New skins for Classic Start menu
  • Brings back file size feature in Statusbar

First visit following link and download Classic Shell:

Classic Shell: Get Classic Start Menu & Explorer Toolbar Buttons Back in Windows Vista & 7

Install it and open Windows Explorer. Now click on the "Classic Explorer Settings" button present at last of the toolbar in Explorer. If you don't get the Classic toolbar in Explorer after installing the utility, press "ALT" key to show Menubar, right-click on it and select "Classic Explorer Bar" option.

Now go to "Title Bar" tab and enable "Show caption in the title bar" and "Show icon in the title bar" options and Apply the changes.


To enable "Up" button, go to "Up Button" tab and enable "Show Up Button" option and Apply the changes.


That's it. Now you'll have Up button and titlebar text and icon back in Windows Explorer.

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    ^^ Classic Shell allows you to change the icon.

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