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Windows 7: Move the address bar below the menu bar in Windows Explorer

16 Apr 2014   #31

Windows 7

In all .theme files there is section [Visual Style] where there is path= variable. This variable points to a msstyle file. I do not know whether adding such file would affect appearance of a classic theme. In themes based on Classic the variable is empty by default.

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16 Apr 2014   #32

Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 7 Professional (both x64)

Oh I see what you're saying. I actually have messed with .theme files (they are basically just text documents with data about which visual style, colors, metrics, sounds, cursors, etc. to load, so pretty easy to modify). If you add any variable that does not point to a msstyles file, I'm pretty sure it will just end up loading Windows Classic.
But the thing is that people in this thread have hidden the address bar by changing its padding IN an msstyles file. But since the Classic theme doesn't use msstyles, I was wondering if changing the address bar's padding elsewhere (like a UIFILE in C:\Windows\System32\shellstyle.dll) would work. Could you just add the address bar's ID to shellstyle.dll, and change its padding there? Also, what is the ID for the address bar?
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30 Apr 2014   #33

Windows 7

Unfortunately once the navbar is removed, the search becomes impossible.
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30 Apr 2014   #34

Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 7 Professional (both x64)

I'm ok with that. I'm just trying to find a way to do it.
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25 May 2014   #35

Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 7 Professional (both x64)

I'm sorry to bump again, but I am seriously at a loss here. I've looked everywhere, and I can't seem to find anything. Does anyone have any ideas of what I need to modify? I feel it has to be in a UIFILE somewhere, but where? Anyone have any ideas?

(Also, should I just start a new thread at this point?)
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05 Jun 2014   #36

Windows 7

This thing is very important for me too. Especially given that under Win8 one can use classic theme without disabling compositing, so to get rid of tearing.
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21 Jun 2014   #37

Windows 7

One of the possiblilities is to run IE6 under Windows 7. IE6 can be used as a file manager and looks exactly as WinXP explorer. Unfortunately I could not find an IE6 package that would work stably under Windows 7.
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21 Jun 2014   #38

Windows 7

Well I managed to run it using links from this video:
Internet Explorer 6 on Windows 8 - YouTube

Unfortunately it is available only in English and Italian. And apparently it uses the VMWare so it starts very slowly. Yet it integrates will with the system.

The drawbacks so far are:

- It does not open folders by double-click (only wi "go to"). I think this can be fixed by changing the file associations (i.e. the default fale manager).

- The "My computer" icon is too large (I think this can be fixed by Resource Hacker).

- The "My computer" is shown in the status bar irrespectively of the current folder.

- The language (I need Russian)

- It does not recognize inserted media (need refresh).
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21 Jun 2014   #39

Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 7 Professional (both x64)

Wow, that's pretty interesting. Yeah it seems to try to open folders with Windows 7's explorer.exe, and that doesn't work. And yes, I'm pretty sure you can change file associations, but I'm not sure.

Actually this is neat. My goal is to get Windows 7's explorer.exe interface to look and act as much like XP's as possible (like a movable address bar, an option for 32x32 icons, ect.) I just think XP's explorer is more customizable. That's why I want to hide the address bar in the first place. But since this takes longer to load (and it seems kind of buggy) I want to do this with Windows 7's explorer. I might create a new thread just about that.
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21 Jun 2014   #40

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

try Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements

It can be customized in many ways.
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