I'm coming from windows were there is a designated button to do this. Just click it and you can go "up" a directory.

I can no find a way to do this in macOS using Finder.

I'm running macOS - Mojave.

I'm using Finder 10.14.4.

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Though I don't usually use keyboard shortcuts CommandOption will move you up one directory in icon view.

There is also a back arrow but that takes you back in your directory tree history.

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    That works, but it opens a new window. Can I assume there is no GUI based way to do this in the same window? Apr 18, 2019 at 22:20
  • not that I am aware of but then I don't use those kind of keyboard shortcuts, so perhaps someone else knows. Apr 18, 2019 at 23:10

If you open a Finder window, near the bottom is the list of the window's directory structure. See the image below.

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Double-Click on any of the folders/directories in the list and Finder will go to that location.

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    The directory path is not shown by default; to show it, choose View menu > Show Path Bar. Apr 18, 2019 at 7:02
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    Double-click on the directory in the Path Bar to go to that location.
    – Bob Stein
    Apr 18, 2021 at 12:57

Command will move up a directory without opening a new tab in finder.

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