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Windows 7: Add buttons to Win7 folder toolbars like in XP?


30 Mar 2010   #1

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Add buttons to Win7 folder toolbars like in XP?

I recently moved from XP to Windows 7 and I'm still getting used to it. I've done some basic customization (Thanks, Win 7 Forums!) but I've run into a problem. In WinXP I routinely added new buttons to the folder toolbar to provide easy 1-click access to "delete", "refresh", etc. See the image below, with the red areas highlighted to show new buttons added via the right-click/customize... menu.

Add buttons to Win7 folder toolbars like in XP?-winxp-toolbar-customization.jpg

How would I do the same sort of thing in Windows 7? See the Windows 7 image below. I would like to add "delete", "refresh", etc. to either of the green-highlighted areas. Is this possible?

Add buttons to Win7 folder toolbars like in XP?-win7-toolbar-customization.jpg

Thanks,
Verne



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30 Mar 2010   #2
Ivo

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

If you want to add buttons to the bottom area, read this thread: How to rearrange the items in toolbar of windows explor

If you want to add buttons to the top area, install Classic Shell: Welcome to Classic Shell
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30 Mar 2010   #3
Arc

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ivo View Post
If you want to add buttons to the bottom area, read this thread: How to rearrange the items in toolbar of windows explor

If you want to add buttons to the top area, install Classic Shell: Welcome to Classic Shell
HI Ivo , Nice links, man! Thanks a lot
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31 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Thanks

Thanks ivo. I am a bit daunted by the first approach, but I have taken the second approach and installed portions of Classic Shell that suited me. I have the Delete button in place, along with a few others, via Classic Shell's extra toolbar, but I'm still considering how to get the Refresh button up there.

I appreciate the links!
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31 Mar 2010   #5
Ivo

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64
 
 

To add Refresh, you have to edit the Explorer.ini file.
Basicaly you need to add a new item in the ToolbarItems list and then describe it. For Command use "refresh". For the icon you will need to find a suitable icon. I can recommend "shell32.dll,16739".
Don't forget to remove the semi-colon from the ToolbarItems line. This post will get you started. SourceForge.net: Classic Shell: Topic: HOWTO: Customize the toolbar

BTW, why do you need a refresh button? It is right there on the right side of the address bar.
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31 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Thanks

Thanks ivo. Getting the Classic Shell toolbar with the Delete button was a big help. Re: the refresh button to the side of the address bar, I know it's there but I'm a creature of habit! I'm deciding whether it's worth the effort to add it to the lower bar, or just get used to stretching that mouse hand a little further.

Thanks again for your assistance.
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