In XP i used backshift for going one folder upwards. In Win7 they changed that to Alt+ArrowUp and backshift means now go back in folder history.

Is there some way to use good old backshift for going upwards? I don't need the back functionality..

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Here's an article on How-To Geek that should help!
Make Backspace in Windows 7 or Vista Explorer Go Up Like XP Did

The Awesome AutoHotkey Fix

Now that we know the shortcut key that actually works in Windows 7, we can use a small script to make it work the way we really want it to. With AutoHotkey installed, create a new script with New –> AutoHotkey Script, and then paste in the following:

#IfWinActive, ahk_class CabinetWClass Backspace::    ControlGet renamestatus,Visible,,Edit1,A    ControlGetFocus focussed, A   
    SendInput {Alt Down}{Up}{Alt Up}   }else{
      Send {Backspace}   }

Compiled version (exe file)

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    Autohotkey. It can solve world hunger.
    – surfasb
    Dec 15, 2011 at 18:53
  • So autohotkey is the only way to do this or at least best practice. no windows internal function?
    – sewo
    Dec 15, 2011 at 19:39
  • @sewo As the article mentions, you can also download a precompiled version of the same thing, which resides in your memory and captures backspaces in that context. I have not found a windows internal function. Dec 15, 2011 at 20:22
  • @sewo Haven't you noticed? The Explorer in Win7 has basically no customization capabilities. At all. What you see is what you get. Users ask for features, they get nothing. Spammers ask for toolbars, they get IE. /rant
    – mtone
    Dec 15, 2011 at 20:28
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    Welcome to Super User! We generally prefer you post content instead of just links. Could you summarize the article here and hit the EDIT button your post? Dec 15, 2011 at 21:37

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