Windows 8 Shows Centered Titlebar Text, Icon and New Up Button in Explorer, Official Microsoft Video Confirms

We all know that there are lots of Windows 8 builds available for download on various torrent websites. These builds have shown us that Windows 8 Explorer comes with the good old Up button in toolbar and centered titlebar text.

But now it has been officially confirmed. Recently we posted about an official announcement from Microsoft about support for USB 3.0 standard in Windows 8:

Windows 8 Will Come With Support for USB 3.0, Microsoft Confirms

When we were watching the official demo video, we just noticed the Explorer window shown in the video:


As you can see in the above screenshot, the Windows Explorer window is showing the icon as well as text in titlebar which is not shown in Windows Vista and 7 Explorer. The titlebar text is shown in the center of Windows 8 Explorer window.

Also there is a new Up button in toolbar or command bar. It was also found in the Milestone 2 build but at that time Microsoft was using a classic XP style button. And now in this new Windows 8 build, the Up button icon has been changed.

Its not yet known which Windows 8 build it is but most probably it should be the same build which will be shown by Microsoft in the upcoming BUILD event.

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  • Nice find VG

  • cool. I miss a lot the up button in windows 7. thanks MS xD

  • The new UP button looks better than the previous ugly button.

  • gotcha. cool find VG :D

  • Oh. good Find! VG

  • Classic Shell already have it for Windows 7! ;)

    oh btw, v3.2.0 is out too.

  • Left side title was better.

  • nice up button :)
    wait a second! where is the explorer search box?????

  • @Mushaf: But you see, people were becoming too used to that, so Microsoft *had* to change it to keep people off-balance. We mustn't get complacent, after all! [/snark]

    Chalk up yet another item in the "Microsoft changing s**t just for the sake of changing it" column...

  • That explorer ribbon seems to be gone too

  • I think the Search box might only be visible when the window isn't as small as it is in the screenshot.

    There's definitely lots of work left to do regarding the UI, and the Up button certainly still needs work to find the ideal location and look for it.

    The problem I have with the centered text is that the border becomes lopsided, w/ just an icon on one side and 3 caption buttons on the other. Also, they might consider redesigning the UI for many other applications just to match the center-oriented flow (visually).

  • Yuck, left align was better.

  • Nice

  • I must inform you that centered titlebar text was present in most applications in the windows 8 M1 build that was l**ked. It is by no means a new thing.

  • VG

    ^^ You didnt read the topic carefully. Its already mentioned in the beginning that it was known since long time but now the official Microsoft video has confirmed it. Thats the news.

  • Or it couldn't fit on the window so it was removed automatically.

  • The search box is still there once the windows has been maximised, you can see it later in the video.

  • its seems MS concerns more about the look! some time i still like the look of the XP nothing wrong with that very simple UI...

  • I would go with the fact that this window has been re-sized to a very small size so its following compact mode layout. You do get some of this currently in MS Office 2010 and MS Paint (Win7) where the ribbon items are too many to fit so they disappear and re-appear while resizing windows.


  • You should get your facts straight Vishal. I just saw the video, and there actually IS a search box. It's just hidden automatically when the window is small. Check the video again and update your post.

  • @MuTz777 Ok that would probably explain it then.

  • How to get this!
    I've used classic shell but it doesn't looks like this , pls tell me!!!!!!!!!!

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