Tame your computer – the only way is up!

1 Sep

Since Windows Vista the Up button is no longer there. Instead, you can use the breadcrumb trail (from the story of Hansel and Gretel – or “Hans and Grietje” for our Dutch speakers) at the top of every folder to go up one level in your directory. The trail shows you exactly where you are and allows you to go directly to the location you click on. Alternatively, you can use the Back and Forward buttons to navigate through locations you’ve recently visited, like you would using an internet browser.

But what if you were a great fan of the Up button to view the folder one level up? Well, simply use a keyboard shortcut.

Here’s how:

  • Hold down the ALT key (next to your spacebar) and press the UP ARROW. (On a standard keyboard the arrow keys are located between the bit where you type and the numeric pad.)

By the way, I just want to sound a note of caution as Microsoft Windows 10 is being offered to Windows users free of charge. Over the years I have run a lot of Microsoft Windows training sessions and recently quite a few people have asked me whether or not to upgrade to Windows 10. As you may be aware, Windows 10 was launched on 29 July 2015 and is offered as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Apparently more than 75 million PCs were upgraded to Windows 10 in the first month alone!  But if you upgrade immediately you are a guinea pig, so perhaps you might want to wait some time for any teething problems to be sorted out. You have a full year to decide whether or not to upgrade for free.  I’m investigating whether or not it is worth upgrading to Windows 10. I’ll report back when I’ve looked into the changes and know more.

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