Update: I have packaged this solution up in a SharePoint solution. You can get the packaged solution and the source code here: [SharePoint 2013] Restore the Breadcrumb (Navigate Up) Navigation Part 2.

SharePoint 2010 had a breadcrumb feature on the ribbon that would let a user navigate up the breadcrumb. In SharePoint 2013, this feature is hidden. In SharePoint 2013 the breadcrumb feature can be made visible again in at least two different ways: 1) via the Master Page -or- 2) via code.

Breadcrumb in SharePoint 2010:


Breadcrumb made visible in SharePoint 2013:


Using the Master Page

To make the breadcrumb visable by editing the Master Page, open the Master Page in SharePoint Designer. Edit the following block of code to remove display:none from the containing DIV and visible=false from the breadcrumb control.

Old Code:

New Code:

Using Code

To make the breadcrumb visible on every page from code, I recommend using an AdditionalPageHead delegate control (see http://www.johnchapman.net/sharepoint-2010-programmatically-add-javascript-meta-tags-and-css-styles-to-the-header-of-every-page/). In the AdditionalPageHead user control, the following code will make the control visible as well as fix the icon not showing under certain themes:

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