In Luna, it was possible (using dconf) to add an "Up" button in Files, to move to the parent directory.

The same instructions don't work on Freya.

Is there a way to add an "Up" button to switch to the parent directory ?

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With the move to headerbar, toolbar customization was dropped. This gsettings key no longer has any affect.

To move up a directory, you can click the next directory up in the breadcrumb bar.

You can also use the shortcut alt +

  • Not a good news but at least that's an answer. A shame there's no doc about the shortcut in general and for PatheonFiles in particular as there's no menu, there's no way to know the shortcuts. I guessed the use of CTRL+1 CTRL+2 ... Commented Sep 14, 2015 at 6:41

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