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Windows 7: Windows Explorer Address and Search Bar - Change Size

Windows Explorer Address and Search Bar - Change Size

How to Change the Size of the Windows 7 Explorer and IE8 Address and Search Bar
Published by Brink
01 Feb 2009
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How to Change the Size of the Windows 7 Explorer and IE8 Address and Search Bar

information   Information
This will show you how to change the length size for the Windows Explorer Address bar and Search bar in Windows 7.

This also applies to the address bar in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) as well.

Note   Note
The length size that you set for the Address and search bar will be remembered and used for all newly opened Windows Explorer windows.





Here's How:
1. Open a Windows Explorer window or Internet Explorer 8 (IE8).

2. Move the mouse pointer inbetween the Address bar and Search box until it turns into a double arrow. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: Internet Explorer 9 only has a address bar, and does not have a separate search box like Internet Explorer 8.
Windows Explorer Address and Search Bar - Change Size-step1.jpg

Windows Explorer Address and Search Bar - Change Size-ie9.jpg

3. Left click and hold, then drag the Address bar and Search bar to the length size that you want for them and release the left mouse button. (See screenshots below)
Windows Explorer Address and Search Bar - Change Size-move-1.jpg

Windows Explorer Address and Search Bar - Change Size-move-2.jpg

That's it,
Shawn






06 Mar 2009   #1
maxstep

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

Please help.
I have installed build 7048 x64, everything works perfectly so far. However, I am absolutely unable to adjust the size of the search bar. I'm well familiar with the method described in the tutorial.. attaching a screenshot of this obscenity. NO matter what I do, search bar won't budge. This is ex-tre-mely bothering. Any ideas, tweaks, suggestions? Thanks.

http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/953/exampler.png

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06 Mar 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Maxstep,

Is it pointer turning into a double arrow for you when you move it inbetween the address bar and search bar?
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06 Mar 2009   #3
maxstep

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

Thanks for replying.
Yes it does, however when i try to drag it nothing happens. It was perfectly adjustable in the 7000 x64 build.. Can't do anything to move the damn bar.
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06 Mar 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Strange. It works perfectly in my 7048 x64 build.

You might restart the computer to see if it may just be a temporary glitch. You might also see if running a sfc /scannow command can find and fix any bad system files that may be responsible.
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06 Mar 2009   #5
maxstep

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

Sigh. It works if I bump the resolution down from 2560x1600 to any other. But for obvious reasons, not a good choice... is there an .ini file or some registry key that is responsible for storing the positioning values? Or maybe there is a way to disable search toolbar altogether. So frustrating! And thank you, Brink.
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06 Mar 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I have not seen this before. I suppose that you could temporarily lower the screen resolution, set the bars how you like them, then set the resolution back.
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06 Mar 2009   #7
maxstep

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

And it reverts back to the original state.. Well, beta is a beta I guess. I tried all the possible change scenarios: changing dpi, changing position on low.res. than reverting to original, doing so with res. windows open, closed, same for explorer windows - to no avail. Adjusting search bar doesn't work on 2560x1600 nohow and it always reverts back to the described position. A shame, really.
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06 Mar 2009   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Have you installed the monitor driver already?

You might also uninstall and reinstall the video driver to see if that may help as well.
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06 Mar 2009   #9
maxstep

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

Thank you for bearing with me.
I did install it before; just tried uninstalling and reinstalling both drivers (I'm using cat 9.2, tested it before under 7000 - no complaints) just to be greeted by the same old. If there's no way to hide or disable the built-in search pane, I'm fresh out of ideas :/
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