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Windows 7: explorer: breadcrumbs bar: how to change > into \ ?

24 Mar 2010   #1
wahnsinn

W7 Pro x86
 
 
explorer: breadcrumbs bar: how to change > into \ ?

Hi!
Ive attached a screenshot that explains what Im looking for pretty well.

What I want is to change the ">" symbol in the breadcrumb bar into a "\" character.

Anyone have an idea how to do that?

PS: Im using a theme I downloaded, and Id like to keep using it.. in case that matters




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24 Mar 2010   #2
jp07764

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

This might be what you are looking for
Disable Explorer Breadcrumbs in Windows Vista - How-To Geek
it is for vista though.
I do not use it so I can not tell you how it works.

Hope I was some help to you.

Jimmy
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24 Mar 2010   #3
wahnsinn

W7 Pro x86
 
 

Not looking to disable them, just want to modify the look.. thanks anyway
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24 Mar 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wahnsinn View Post
Not looking to disable them, just want to modify the look.. thanks anyway
May I ask why you need to do that - just curious.
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25 Mar 2010   #5
wahnsinn

W7 Pro x86
 
 

I dont "need" to, I just thought it might be nice if the bar still looked like it had a full path in it, but when you click on it it turns out to be breadcrumbs.

btw. I have done some reasearch on this, because I suspected that it is possible: I found at least one windows 7 custom theme on deviantart that has modified images in place of the >'s. Now its just a matter of figuring out where and how these are stored, and then modifying my existing theme
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25 Mar 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

OK, understand. You must have migrated directly from XP. As a former Vista user, I never really noticed the difference.
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25 Mar 2010   #7
wahnsinn

W7 Pro x86
 
 

Okay, I figured out how to do it .. results attached \o/


In case anyone cares how to do it:
I had to use Style Builder (v.1.5), open the .msstyles file, and change the glyph image saved under
Code:
Address, Breadcrumb & Search > Breadcrumb > Basic > Normal > Active Crumbs > SplitButtonDropDown
(That was the path in my case anyway.. it may be a different path for other themes, Im not sure.)
Also note that this only changes the image of the "active" crumbs - theres an "inactive" entry as well.. and also note that it may well be the one in "aero" or "max" or whatever else there is .. I really have no idea how exactly these things are structured, all I know is, in order to change the inactive one I had to go to a whole different path, I think it was:
Code:
Address, Breadcrumb & Search > Breadcrumb > Aero > Normal > Inactive Crumbs > SplitButtonDropDown
... but I cant be sure now, so dont take my word for it.

Luckily, stylebuilder lets you experiment and "test" as much as you want.

Ah one last thing: Be sure to use a proper graphics editing tool.. I was using an older version of Paint Shop Pro (old habits..), and it seems it cant handle the image format properly.
I ended up having to do the editing with GIMP, which worked nicely.


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25 Mar 2010   #8
jp07764

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

That is alot of trouble to go though.
Glad you got it to your liking though.


Jimmy
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25 Mar 2010   #9
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

If you click to the side of the breadcrumb, it becomes the full path that can be copied and pasted and modified. Just sayin'.
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14 Dec 2012   #10
andyjee86

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Classic Shell has saved my computers life, and my own. My god, it feels so good to be free once again. What is wrong with Microsoft persisting to change things that do not need changing, and making things easier when they don't need to be?! I wish I could have the Windows 7 power on an XP install.
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