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Add “directory up” button to Windows 7 explorer, classic Start menu and classic Explorer bar

Do you need a directory up button, a properties button, a copy or delete button on your Explorer bars? Or want to quickly email selected files with one click? Use this neat tool for all of that!

classic start menu and directory up button

Install Classic Shell

1. Step Head over to and grab this program called Classic Shell

2. Step Install it:

install classic shell

3. Step You should now have the classic Start menu and a “directory up” button

4. Step If you also want to enable the classic toolbars inside the Windows explorer, you should first know how to show the menu bar (click link!)

5. Step Once you have enabled the menu bar in the Windows Explorer, right-click on the menu bar and you should see the option
enable classic explorer bar

6. Step Now that the classic explorer bar is enabled you can see various buttons. Right-click on the menu bar and unlock it to move the new toolbar to the left.

On there you now have:

  • Directory up
  • Cut button
  • Copy button
  • Paste button
  • Delete button
  • Properties button
  • Email selected files button

How to disable Classic Start Menu BUT keep Classic Explorer

Well, I like the classic Explorer bars, but the new Start menu.

Right-click on the Windows Start button and click on Exit to disable the classic Start menu and keep the new default Windows 7 menu

exit classic start menu


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Published: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 Last Modified: November 29, 2011

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