How to Customize (Rename, Remove or Hide) Command Bar Buttons in Windows 7 Explorer?
SUMMARY: After following this tutorial, you'll be able to customize existing default buttons present in Command Bar (aka Folder Band or Toolbar) in Windows 7 Explorer. This tutorial will help you in removing unwanted buttons and renaming desired button text in Command Bar.
We all know that Microsoft replaced the standard toolbar present in Windows XP and earlier OS Explorer with new Command Bar in Windows Vista and Windows 7. Windows XP toolbar was highly customizable compared to Windows 7 Command Bar.
On the other hand Microsoft didn't provide any option to customize Command Bar present in Windows 7 Explorer. You can't add new buttons and can't remove default buttons from Command Bar.
Long time back, we posted about a Registry tweak to add new buttons to Command Bar which can be found at following link:
The above tutorial helps you in adding new buttons to Command Bar such as cut, copy, paste, delete, rename, undo, redo, etc.
Recently an AskVG reader "Stägämies" asked us how to remove existing buttons from Command Bar? Actually there are some default buttons which are always shown in Windows 7 Explorer's Command Bar such as "Include in library", "Share with", Burn, "New folder", etc as shown in following image:
Many Windows users might not need a few of these exiting buttons in Command Bar but unfortunately they can't remove them from Command Bar because Microsoft doesn't provide any option to delete existing buttons from Command Bar.
Again I opened Registry Editor and started looking into various keys to find a way to remove existing buttons from Command Bar and after spending some time, finally I found a way.
So today in this tutorial, we'll tell you how to rename and remove existing default buttons from Command Bar in Windows 7 Explorer. So without wasting time, lets start the tutorial:
1. To customize existing buttons in Command Bar, you'll need to open Registry Editor. Type regedit in RUN or Start Menu search box and press Enter.
2. Now go to following key:
That's the key which contains all buttons information which are shown in Command Bar.
3. To customize a button, first look for its key under "shell" key. The associated key name would be same as the button name but it would not contain spaces and would contain "Windows." prefix. For example, if you want to rename or remove "Include in library" button, its associated key is "Windows.includeinlibrary" under "shell" key. So its easy to find the associated key for your desired Command Bar button.
4. Once you find the key, take ownership of it so that you'll be able to modify it. You can take help of following guide in taking ownership of registry keys:
5. Once you take ownership of the key, select it and look in the right-side pane. You'll see various String and other values.
We just need to modify following 2 String values:
6. If you want to remove or hide a button from Command Bar, double-click on "CanonicalName" string and remove everything from its "Value data" field i.e. make it empty.
It'll immediately remove the button from Command Bar.
7. If you want to rename a button present in Command Bar, double-click on "MUIVerb" string and set the value of "Value data" field to your desired label. You can set its value to anything you want to show.
Following is a screenshot showing almost all Command Bar buttons renamed:
As you can see in the above screenshot, we can use any character in button name.
NOTE: Make sure to note down the default values before replacing or removing them, so that you can restore the values later if you want. You can also take a backup of the key before modifying it by right-click on it and select "Export" option. It'll save the Registry key information in a .REG file.
8. That's it. Have fun in tweaking and customizing Command Bar of Windows 7 Explorer.
Feel free to ask any kind of questions or share your feedback about this tutorial in your comment...
Posted in: Windows 7
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