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Windows 7: possible to change list item height/spacing?

17 Mar 2010   #21

w7-64, w2k

you should be able to recover the original dll files in your C:\Windows\winsxs folder. Look for a folder in there called "amd64_microsoft-windows-explorerframe_<followed by a bunch of letters and numbers>", that (or one of them) should contain an explorerframe.dll.

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06 Sep 2010   #22

Windows 7

I edited the ExplorerFrame.dll and the height is now on 'XP levels'
But, I only get a small height when I click the Explorer on the task-bar.
I do not get a small height when I open a 'normal' folder. (like a shortcut to some folder on the desktop for example)
Does somebody know how to also get the smaller item height/spacing in folders which are simply opened by clicking on a shortcut/direct link.

In other words:
In my case, all these changes only work in the 'real' explorer.
Even folders 'opened in a new window' go back to the old Windows 7 Explorer super-high-item-spacing height.
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08 Sep 2010   #23

w7-64, w2k

That's odd, mine work in all normal folders views (I never use the Explorer app). You could double check that you edited in the right locations of the stylesheet (and that normal folders use a correct View mode), other than that I don't have any ideas at the moment.
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08 Sep 2010   #24

Windows 7

Hi Tweaker, and thank you for your reply.
Strangly enough, the next day the folder explorer (eg when started with a shortcut to a folder) also had the corrected (small) height.
So, the problem is solved.
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09 Sep 2010   #25


hey robby if you have windows 7 64bit - could you upload your file?
i still have problems with editing mine...:/
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07 Oct 2010   #26

W7-64 Pro

My 2-cents:
The procedure works as described on W7 Pro 64bit, but you must make sure to:

1. Use Resource Hacker version 3.5.2 beta
2. Use "Save", NEVER use "Save As"!

My procedure:
1. Take ownership, etc. of "ExplorerFrame.dll" in c:\windows\system32
2. create backup of ExplorerFrame.dll !!!
2. Copy ExplorerFrame.dll to user folder
3. Edit with RH, press "Compile script", "Save"
4. Start Administrator console (Start, type "cmd", press ctrl+shift+enter)
5. From console: Kill explorer.exe (I've been using pskill from Mark Russinovich since NT...)
6. From console: Copy edited ExplorerFrame.dll to system32 folder
7. Run "explorer.exe" either from console or task manager

That's it. You do not even need to log off / log on, just kill & restart explorer.exe.

If you mess up & explorer is unable to start, reboot computer in "Safe mode with command prompt" and replace the .dll with backup copy. No restore or new install needed :)

PS: Thanks for this Tweaker! I have resisted the urge to replace 7 with XP for the two weeks I've had my 7 machine and this reduction of line spacing in detailed view back to 17pt really helped & I might get to keep the 7.
If only the "Show Desktop" icon could be removed from my classic-look Taskbar... (Icon can be removed with an app, but the empty space in the corner right from clock stays...)
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27 Oct 2010   #27

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

is anyone keen to do a full 'tutorial' thread on this? (for people like me on 32bit who don't even know how to 'take ownership' of files)
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28 Oct 2010   #28


yea Ron11
please upload your final file for 64bit for us noobs :)
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14 Dec 2010   #29

seven pro

Thanks Tweaker!

Following your posts, I made all the changes for line spacing in my explorerframe.dll file, and in imageres.dll for changing the colors of explorer icons (and regedit icons too)

As you can see, the line spacing between the folders in the left part of explorer is still 3 pixels...
I try to find something in the 40960 file.. with no success, because I known nothing about xml files...

Tweaker, do you know which values i need to modify the vertical spacing between the folders in the left windows of explorer?

Thank you!!
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14 Dec 2010   #30

w7-64, w2k

I'm afraid I don't know which dll and xml file that would be located in (if at all). If I remember correctly I even spent a few minutes trying to find that. I didn't spend too much time though, since I normally have the tree view hidden.
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