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

04 Feb 2014   #21

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mic9 View Post
Hi Guys..

i want to make this thread alive since, i have the same problem on this thread..
but i getting confused and getting a hard time to implement it..

here's the problem,

I want to re-sized my address bar on my windows explorer to make my address bar invisible to the user..
i use windows 7 style builder to customized the theme..

the theme that i have custom is the default aero theme.
Toolbars, Headers and Rebar> Rebar> NavBar> Basic> Base> Band - CONTENTMARGINS:MARGIN (0, 0, 0, -33)

Since i followed the tutorials, still i don't have luck.. if i change its value then apply after saving, Im getting an error, windows style cannot apply.

If i export the theme and put in other location then proceed to customized the theme and copy it back to its original location. C:\windows\resources\themes. I can save the settings but if i applied it, it wont apply. still no luck..

This is what i want on the theme, no address bar and no navigational buttons (forward, back)
If you can give me all back theme with no address bar and no navigational buttons (forward, back), very much appreciated..

Please help me.. any help i can get. will be much appreciated..
If you have time guys, please kindly provide me a link to a theme with no address bar and no navigational buttons (forward, back)

Thank you

Note: To bongo, please forgive me for using your picture! since your picture is very good example to my problem.. hope you allowed me to use it here.
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Here is a theme with No_addressbar_navigation_buttons


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13 Feb 2014   #22

Windows 7 Professional x64

Since this thread has been resurrected...

I'm actually kind of still wondering if there's a solution for doing this with the Windows Classic theme. Yeah, I know the classic theme doesn't use msstyles, but I just find it hard to believe that there's no UIFILE to edit for Windows Explorer's shell with the Classic theme. Could there be some system32 DLL file it's in?
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24 Feb 2014   #23

Windows 7 Professional x64

Anyone have any ideas about my last post? I just think it has to be in some dll file somewhere. Could it be in some DLL file like shell32.dll or ExplorerFrame.dll? I don't know, but I just think it has to be somewhere.
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28 Mar 2014   #24

Windows 7

Bango, can you please do the same to a classic-like theme, like Classic AE please?

Classic AE 2.5.3 Final by Saarineames on deviantART
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28 Mar 2014   #25

Windows 7

Nevermind, I've done it already:

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10 Apr 2014   #26

Windows 7 Professional x64

Sorry to ask this again, but I really want to know if there's some dll (perhaphs in a UIFILE) I can modify to hide the address bar under the Windows Classic theme? If so, can someone tell me where it is and what it is I need to change?
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13 Apr 2014   #27

Windows 7

AFAIK it was possible in Vista and Win7 Beta via registry but this possibility was removed from the final release, with Microsoft citing security considerations, that is the user should always see the location.

I think one can take the explorer files from beta to see.
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15 Apr 2014   #28

Windows 7 Professional x64

Well I do enjoy messing with Windows betas, so maybe I'll take a look at that.

Anyway, I thought of something that could potentially work. I recall hiding the command bar by changing a UIFILE in shellstyle.dll and changing the padding for 'FolderBandStyle' to -28. This is kind of what people in this thread have been doing with the address bar, except in aero.msstyles (or another msstyles file). So here's what I think could possibly work:

Like I just said, the ID for the command bar in ExplorerFrame.dll's UIFILE is 'FolderBandStyle'. I'm wondering if I could find the ID for the address bar, add it to the UIFILE, and change its padding to a large enough negative number so it will be hidden. I don't know if this will work, and the main thing getting in my way of testing this is that I don't know what the ID for the address bar is. So if anyone knows what it is, please let me know. Could it be the same ID as in an msstyles file?

Sorry if this is kind of hard to understand.
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16 Apr 2014   #29

Windows 7

Actually one can specify the msstyles file for any color scheme in the .theme file. I think one can create a color scheme for Classic theme and add a custom .msstyles file.
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16 Apr 2014   #30

Windows 7 Professional x64

Wait, but the classic theme doesn't use msstyles, so what do you mean? To clarify, what I'm trying to do is hide the address bar in explorer with the Windows Classic theme.
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