How to Customize “Organize” and “Layout” Menus in Command Bar in Windows 7 Explorer

Recently we posted a detailed tutorial about customizing Command Bar in Windows 7 Explorer:

How to Customize Windows Explorer Command Bar in Windows 7

Using the same method, in this tutorial we'll tell you how to customize "Organize" and "Layout" menus present in the Command Bar:


1. Type regedit in RUN or Start menu search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:


3. Now look for following 2 sub-keys:


4. "Windows.layout" key stores command set which is shown in "Layout" menu and "Windows.organize" key contains command set which is shown in "Organize" menu.

You just need to edit "SubCommands" String value present in right-side pane and delete the desired menu item which you don't want to show in the menu.


You can also add a new command by using semi-colon (;).

NOTE: If you get an error message that you don't have permission to write to registry, it means you'll need to take permission on the key. You can use following simple steps to take permission:

[Guide] How to Take Ownership (Permission) of a Registry Key in Windows?

Now you'll be able to change the value of "SubCommands" string.

EXAMPLE: you can add all menu items which are shown in "Layout" menu directly into "Organize" menu. To do this, simply change value of "SubCommands" String for "Windows.organize" key as following:

Windows.cut; Windows.copy; Windows.paste; Windows.undo; Windows.redo; |; Windows.selectall; |; Windows.menubar; |; Windows.previewpane; Windows.readingpane; Windows.navpane; Windows.librarypane; Windows.folderoptions; |; Windows.delete; Windows.rename; Windows.removeproperties;; |; Windows.closewindow

It'll remove "Layout" menu completely and insert all its sub-menus directly into "Organize" menu and it'll look as following:


So you can play with the value and give the menus your desired look. ;)

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  • Is there a way to remove that stupid "organize bar"?

  • VG

    ^^ Here you go:

  • Hi..
    I was wondering ..

    How would I disable the Layout option and all its subcommands via windows 2008 server.

    We have a lab where students put documents in all sorts of places and we want to be able to disable the layout option from a server stand point and push it out to all the computers in the lab "domain".

    Please help.

    Thank you

  • VG

    ^^ The same tutorial should also work in Windows Server.

  • I turned on Menu bar on my Windows 7 PC, now I can't get rid off it. I tried edit the registry, no luck. I tried to change settings through Windows Explorer and Folder Options, no luck. I tried to change settings through Group Policy Editor, no luck.

    No my Menu bar is on permanently and I can't find a way to turn it off, I can say that much that I turned off all the other items in my Navigation pane except Computer, maybe that affects somehow for the Menu bar and that I can't turn it off anymore. Maybe it's blocking it somehow.

  • Ignore my last message, fixed.

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