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

19 Oct 2014   #61
Anixx

Windows 7
 
 

By the way, what be u think about this parameter?

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\NavBar

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19 Oct 2014   #62
Anixx

Windows 7
 
 

Also may be this thread is relevant: Windows Explorer Address Bar disappearing
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20 Oct 2014   #63
Butters

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Well I actually never noticed that registry setting, even though I have been messing around in that part of the registry quite a bit lately. It's definitely related to the address bar, as it updates every time I resize the search box. However, I can't seem to hide (or even resize) the entire address bar by doing anything to that registry value. So it's probably safe to say that's not it.

The IE6 thing didn't seem to work at all, even in compatibility mode.

I have done plenty of research about people's address bars disappearing, and the only problem with that is I can never find enough information to reverse the process. Generally threads like that just end with the user either doing /sfc scannow, or a re-installation of Windows. If I could find out which file is responsible for creating the address bar, I would at least have a place to start. But I can literally find nothing.

As I said earlier, I would much rather do this in the native Explorer instead of a third-party shell.

I'll keep looking wherever I can, but I haven't been making a whole lot of progress on this, and I honestly feel rather stuck. So again, any information about a system DLL to modify would be huge.
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22 Oct 2014   #64
Butters

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Well I still get the feeling it is somewhere in ExplorerFrame.dll. When that file is removed, Windows Explorer completely breaks, and is unable to even start up. But, I've noticed that open/save dialogs still work (like in Task Manager), and there is no address bar to be found in those dialogs.

However, it seems that this is not as simple as just opening up Resource Hacker and deleting a resource (like how you can delete the ribbon UI resource in Windows 8 to disable Explorer's ribbon), as literally nothing in ExplorerFrame.dll that shows up in Resource Hacker actually styles the address bar. This means that it is more than likely compiled code in ExplorerFrame.dll, and the only hope of changing that code would be with hex editing. The only other exclamation I can think of is that it is styled in another file and ExplorerFrame.dll just implements it. That seems like it would be less likely though.

So I guess it's time to start looking into some hex editing for ExplorerFrame.dll

EDIT:
Alright, I'm finally making some progress. I've found some information about the address bar in ExplorerFrame.dll, so hopefully I can figure out the sizing.
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24 Oct 2014   #65
Anixx

Windows 7
 
 

What happens if to delete HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{056440FD-8568-48e7-A632-72157243B55B}

or remove the reference to explorerframe.dll from here HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{056440FD-8568-48e7-A632-72157243B55B}\InProcServer32
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24 Oct 2014   #66
Anixx

Windows 7
 
 

Also consider this: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{ECD4FC4D-521C-11D0-B792-00A0C90312E1}
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25 Oct 2014   #67
Butters

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anixx View Post
Also consider this: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{ECD4FC4D-521C-11D0-B792-00A0C90312E1}
Nice find. I'll definitely look into that.

I'm having some trouble with modding ExplorerFrame.dll. Like I said, I did find some information about the address bar in it, so that's definitely the file to we'd need to modify. It will require some hex editing, but I'm having some trouble figuring out what exactly to modify.

I'll do some messing with that registry key in the meantime.
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25 Oct 2014   #68
Anixx

Windows 7
 
 

There are registry keys to make a COM object invisible, but I was unsuccessful so far:

MiscStatus (COM)

OLEMISC enumeration (COM)
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27 Oct 2014   #69
Butters

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I found a few other registry keys related to the address bar in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface. Look in the {22C440DF-4720-4B3A-A472-0CCB6E6CDD97} key. I tried backing that up and deleting it, but no success. I've never really messed with COM objects before, but I'll keep looking.

EDIT:
Well I tried deleting everything in the registry relating to the address bar/rebar, and now I don't have an address bar in open/save dialogs. I'm still getting it in explorer though.
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29 Oct 2014   #70
Anixx

Windows 7
 
 

Did u try to delete 056440FD-8568-48e7-A632-72157243B55B ?
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