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Windows 7: Getting rid of just the search bar in explorer?

03 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 64-bit Windows 7 32-bit
Getting rid of just the search bar in explorer?

is there anyway of getting rid of just the search bar in explorer, but not the search in the start menu? Because i never use the search in explorer, I only use the one in the start menu.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64

The latest version of Classic Shell will be able to do that. I hope to release it this weekend.

BTW, you do realize you will miss the functionality to search for a file in a specific folder, right?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 64-bit Windows 7 32-bit

Hmm didnt know you could do that, but typically when i search its because i have no clue where the file is. Also I love classic shell!! Im using it already . Please let me know when the new release is ready.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

06 Mar 2010   #4


peice of cake in porgams and features goto left pane find turn windows features on/off, untick search. Warning searching your files will become imposible. feature disalbed visually and physcially
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64

@kookster: Version 1.0.2 is out:
Open the Explorer.ini file and find the Search setting. Change it to this:
BTW, When you open Explorer on some folder, the search will only look for files in that folder. For example if you know a file is somewhere under "My Documents" there is no need to search the whole computer. I don't believe the start menu search has the ability to restrict to specific folders. Also, I believe the start menu search only looks in the indexed locations. I keep my drives un-indexed to improve performance. The Explorer search bitches about it, but still searches un-indexed folders (but slower than if they were indexed).

@evo1087: Well, the OP clearly stated that he uses the search in the start menu :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7 64-bit Windows 7 32-bit

my search bar is still there, i logged off then back on, saved the ini before. What should i do?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64

Hmm... weird. Can you post your ini file here, as well as a screenshot of your Explorer window?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7 64-bit Windows 7 32-bit

; This file contains the extra customization options that don't fit in the Settings box. Before changing any of them read the
; description carefully.
; Lines in this file that start with ; (semicolon) are ignored. Initially all settings have ; in front of them, which disables them.
; Remove the semicolon before setting the value.
; Note: After modifying this file you have to open a new Explorer window to use the new settings.
; Another Note: Unlike the regular settings, which are per user, the settings in this file affect all users.
; =============================================================================

; EnableSettings - set to 0 to remove access to the Classic Explorer settings. Default is 1

; SmallIconSize - the size of the toolbar icons in pixels. By default it is 16 for DPI<120 and 24 for DPI>=120

; LargeIconSize - Same as above, but for "Big Buttons". By default it is 24 for DPI<120 and 32 for DPI>=120

; ForceRefreshWin7 - This is a workaround for a bug in Explorer for Windows 7. Sometimes when a new Explorer window is opened the status bar
; is blank. Setting this parameter to 1 will force the Explorer window to refresh itself after it is open for fix the status text.
; Set to 0 to disable if you notice a slowdown when opening a new Explorer. Default is 1

; FixFolderScroll - This is a workaround for a bug in Explorer for Windows 7. If you select a folder in the navigation pane and then expand it,
; the navigation pane will scroll up instead of down.
; Set to 0 to disable this fix if you notice problems with the scrolling of the navigation pane. Default is 1

; FixSearchResize - This is a workaround for a bug in Explorer for Windows 7. When the Up button in the title bar is enabled, it breaks the
; resizing of the Search box of Explorer. This is because the Search becomes the 4th item instead of the 3rd.
; Set to 0 to disable this fix if it gives you trouble. Default is 1 for Windows 7 and 0 for Vista

; Search - Set this to "none" to hide the search box in Explorer. Default is blank, which leaves the search box alone

; ToolbarSameSize - When set to 1 all toolbar buttons are the same size, determined by the widest button. Set to 0 to make each button calculate its
; own size depending on its text. This setting is only used when ToolbarListMode=0. Default is 0

; ToolbarListMode - When set to 1 the toolbar is in list mode. The button text shows next to the icon instead of under the icon. Default is 0

; UpIconNormal, UpIconHot, UpIconPressed, UpIconDisabled - use these to provide custom icons for the Up button in the title bar
; There is one icon for each state - normal, hot (when the mouse is over the button), pressed, and disabled

; UpIconSize - the size of the Up button in the title bar. By default it is 30 for DPI<120 and 36 for DPI>=120

; =============================================================================
; The rest of this file is used to customize the layout of the Explorer toolbar
; Use the ToolbarItems property to describe what buttons you want to have in the toolbar. The format is: item1, item2, item3, ...
; By default ToolbarItems is disabled by the semicolon in front of it. Remove the semicolon before customizing your toolbar.

; Every item must be described later in this file. For every item you must set the command (what it does), the tooltip, the name, and the icon.
; Use SEPARATOR to insert separators between items
; The possible commands are:
;   up - go up one folder
;   cut, copy, paste, delete - guess what they do
;   properties - shows the properties of the selection
;   email - emails the selected files
;   settings - shows the Classic Explorer settings
;   moveto, copyto - move or copy the selection to another folder
;   undo - reverts the last file operation
;   redo - repeats the undone operation
;   selectall - selects all items in the current folder
;   invertselection - reverses which items are selected and which are not
;   back, forward - go to the previous or next visited folder
;   refresh - refreshes the Explorer window
; It is also possible to provide a custom executable string. The string can contain environment variables like %windir%. %1 is replaced by the path to
; the current folder. %2 is replaced by the path to the currently selected file (only when a single file is selected). Examples:
;   %windir%\notepad.exe %2
;   cmd /k pushd %1
; The tip can be either a full string (like "Copy To Folder"), or a localized item from ExplorerL10N.ini prefixed with $ (like "$Toolbar.Cut")
; The name is optional. When a name text is given, it will appear under the icon of the button. The name can be a full string or a localized item,
; just like the tip text.
; The icon can be specified in 2 ways:
;   "resource file,icon ID". For example "%windir%\notepad.exe,2". Do not include the quotes and do not leave space between the file name and the comma.
;   "icon file". For example "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Thunderbird\Email.ico"
; Both formats support environment variables for the file name.
; Use .Icon to set the normal icon and .IconDisabled to set the disabled icon (for buttons like Up, Back and Forward). When the disabled icon is not set
; the normal icon is converted to grayscale.
; Set .Icon=NONE to get no icon on the button (useful for text-only buttons)
; Buttons for custom commands can be checked or disabled. The toolbar checks the registry key HKCU\Software\IvoSoft\ClassicExplorer for a DWORD value
; with the name of the button (the name used in ToolbarItems). 0 means normal, 1 is disabled and 2 is checked. The toolbar reads the registry keys
; on startup. To force the buttons to update their state after that you need to find all Explorer windows, locate the child window with class
; "ClassicShell.CBandWindow", and send it (or post) a message WM_CLEAR. This is useful if you are developing a custom exe to be used by the toolbar.

;ToolbarItems=UpItem, CutItem, CopyItem, PasteItem, DeleteItem, PropertiesItem, EmailItem, SEPARATOR, SettingsItem

; All toolbar items described here will be ignored until the ToolbarItems property is enabled







; when the resource file is missing, the ClassicExplorer.dll is used instead. The Classic Shell logo icon has ID=1
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My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64

You have to remove the semicolon from the line that says "Search=none" :) A semicolon means the line is "commented out" and ignored.

Edit: BTW, you don't need to restart anything after editing Explorer.ini. Just open another Explorer window.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2010   #10

Windows 7 64-bit Windows 7 32-bit

All better! Thanks
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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