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Classic Shell Explorer Toolbar?

  1. #1

    Classic Shell Explorer Toolbar?


    Hello again.

    The loss of the Classic Shell toolbar in Windows Explorer is still puzzling me.

    I've been through all the Classic Shell options (I think!) and messed around with Windows Explorer, but after installing 8.1 the toolbar seems to have disappeared.

    I used to have all the View buttons pinned to the bar and I'm really missing it. I know they can be put in the Quick Access Bar, but it's not as usable/fast as the Classic Shell version (the change as hovering I also find very annoying).

    Any Ideas folks?

    EDIT: Just realise I hadn't checked the version I was using. It's 4.0.4 and re-checking the developers site I've now realised that they're up to 4.0.6 ------ Could this be the issue?

    I seem to remember that 4.0.6 was not yet stable, or have I dreamt that - I think I probably have
    Last edited by Dubbledoo; 16 Apr 2014 at 13:45. Reason: Realised I didn't check version installed!

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    You mean this:

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    Ah right, but for me the option's not there. I've updated to 4.0.6 and gone through all the settings again.

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    Windows 7


    First, make sure you have installed the Classic Explorer component (not just the start menu). Second, look at these troubleshooting steps: Classic Shell: FAQ
    And third, I see you have some other bars installed. Sometimes Explorer gets confused when there are multiple bars. Go to the registry, open the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\ShellBrowser key and delete the ITBar7Layout value.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivo View Post
    First, make sure you have installed the Classic Explorer component (not just the start menu). Second, look at these troubleshooting steps: Classic Shell: FAQ
    And third, I see you have some other bars installed. Sometimes Explorer gets confused when there are multiple bars. Go to the registry, open the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\ShellBrowser key and delete the ITBar7Layout value.
    Thanks Ivo. You are a star. That worked perfectly.
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