Windows "up in hierarchy" button for mac?

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  1. savar macrumors 68000

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    hey all--

    Windows explorer has a little button that you can click on that opens up the parent folder of whatever folder you're looking at. Is there a preference or hack to put a similar button into the OS X finder? I know there's a drop down menu for navigating the hierarchy, but I like the one click button.

    I can't use the "back/forward" buttons because I have finder set up to open every folder in a new window..

    Thanks for any replies
     
  2. stoid macrumors 601

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    You can click Apple-(Up Arrow)

    Don't know if that's suitable, but it's easier than using that path drop down menu.
     
  3. crees! macrumors 68000

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    Try Keyboard shortcuts: CMD-[ (go Back) & CMD-] (go Forward)
     
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    Back is different from Up.
     
  5. crees! macrumors 68000

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    Yes, but it depends on how you got to where you are. If you're digging down and down through folders then CMD-[ will take you up to the next level.
     
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    Yeah, but if you're reaching for the keyboard to press Cmd-[ then you might as well just press Cmd-Up instead :)
     
  7. Desperado macrumors newbie

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    Afaik there is no such thing in MacOsX.

    What you can do is either

    a) Write an AppleScript do do the job and pull it on the Finder toolbar.
    Slow though or

    b) Buy a Logitech Mouse and assign the Cmd-Up combination to one of the buttons (my favourite one).
     
  8. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    AFAIK, there is such a think in Mac OS X

    What you can do is either

    a) Write on a Sticky note and stick it to your monitor, Command+Up Arrow, slow if you use the mouse though or

    b) Buy a P-P-P-PowerBook and use the Command Keys on it to do what you want

    Linkety
     
  9. savar thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well, I didn't know about cmd-up, and I didn't realize that you could put any old application in the finder toolbar...since I've got some time to kill I will try to whip together an application which can run in the background, go in the toolbar, and send cmd-up to the finder.
     
  10. AmigoMac macrumors 68020

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    If you command+click on the title bar of your finder, you find the whole path to the location you're in. it works in Safari too.
     

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  11. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Probably easier to just get used to running Finder in Column View.
     
  12. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    ...or just enable the Path drop down menu stoid mentioned... no need for cmd-click, just plain, ordinary click... ;)
     

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  13. AmigoMac macrumors 68020

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    Never saw it before :eek: ... I have a customized toolbar and never saw it :(.

    But my tip works in safari in case you need it :) .
     
  14. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Now, that I haven't seen before... :)
     
  15. bigandy macrumors G3

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    ok, really, that is cool :)
     
  16. kainjow Moderator emeritus

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    That feature has been in IE for Mac since way back... welcome to 1995 ;)
     
  17. Nermal Moderator

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    Reading skills, people :) :p
     
  18. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I hate how its not instinctive whatsoever. Shortcuts that aren't known to those outside a Mac message board.......pretty bad.

    There should just be an "Up" button like in Windows. That's actually one thing I like about Windows better than OSX......Windows Explorer. I don't love it for everything (it's HUGE when fully expanded), but at times I wish FINDER was better. Many have complained about it, and it got MUCH better when going to 10.3.0 Panther, but it's still not great.
     
  19. savar thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks...I was going to respond the same, but it always sounds a bit obnoxious when the OP corrects people.

    When another reader corrects them, then its okay. :D
     
  20. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Ok, pointing that out is obnoxious in and of itself. May Ramen noodles grow out from your scalp.
     
  21. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Dear Kettle,

    Stop Hating.

    Sincerely, Pot.

    :p ;) :D

    Seriously... yes, the Mac ways of doing these things are different. No, they're hardly secrets cloistered in the depths of forum land. If you click on any file in Finder and select the Go menu, you see that the first three options are the back and forward commands, replete with shortcut, and the go up a level command, also with shortcut. If you want the Path icon, customizing the toolbar is similarly not exactly a hidden Easter egg. If you want your Mac to be exactly like Windows... you know... there are options out there that will give you the Windows computing experience. Just go buy a Thinkpad.

    EDIT: Sorry...not really a snipe at the OP, just a rant. :( It feels sometimes like there's too much "how do you do this? why isn't it just like Windows?" on MR sometimes... :eek:
     
  22. beatle888 macrumors 68000

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    jeeze





















    anyway, if you customize the finder toolbar it should maintain those custom settings for each new finder window. so you COULD use those back/forword buttons you talked about in your first reply. however someone pointed out the path button which is more of what your looking for.
     

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