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Windows 7: Explorer window file path/search toolbar won't unlock

18 Sep 2018   #1
Meisha

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
Explorer window file path/search toolbar won't unlock

I'm on Win 7 64bit, and my Explorer windows always have the file path section at the top left adjusted too small with the Search bar on the right being much too long. The right-click menu has "Lock the toolbars" unchecked, and when I roll over the divider, I see the arrow icon to show that it should slide, but it doesn't. It won't budge. Does anyone know how to fix this? Thank you for your help!


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19 Sep 2018   #2
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

can you take a screen shot? Go to the search box and begin entering snipping tool. The go to File | save as and paste the image here or upload to imgur.com
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19 Sep 2018   #3
Meisha

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Thank you for your reply. Here's a screen shot. I've circled the divider bar that won't move, even though it is supposed to be unlocked, according to the right-click menu.
Explorer window file path/search toolbar won't unlock-search_bar_trouble.jpg


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19 Sep 2018   #4
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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19 Sep 2018   #5
Meisha

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

No, that just says to uncheck "Lock the toolbar" with the right-click menu. Mine is already unchecked. Thank you for trying, though. I'm grateful for any other suggestions.
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20 Sep 2018   #6
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

On the Explorer, put your mouse on the border where you marked in red. A double arrow will show up. Click and move to the right to enlarge file path section and decrease the Search bar.
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20 Sep 2018   #7
Meisha

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Thank you for your reply, megahertz07. The double arrow appears, but the toolbar divider won't move. Neither clicking on it nor right-clicking on it will work. It thinks it's locked when it isn't. It seems like something somewhere is corrupted and needs resetting. Do anyone know if there's a place in Windows to reset such things?
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20 Sep 2018   #8
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Sorry Meisha, it isn't right click. It's left click (Normal click). My mistake.
Click while the double arrow appears and move it to the right.
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20 Sep 2018   #9
Meisha

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

No, it doesn't work. It must be corrupted. I hope there's a way short of reinstalling Windows to fix it, but I actually considering that, since it really hurts productivity not to be able to access the full file paths.
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20 Sep 2018   #10
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Open a CMD window and type
sfc /scannow

If it finds any issues, reboot and do it again two more times.
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