We have posted several Windows customization tutorials in past which cover expert guides such as moving Details Pane at top, Navigation Pane at right, auto-hide Command Bar in Windows Explorer, etc:
- How to Move / Show "Details Pane" at Top in Windows Vista and 7 Explorer?
- How to Auto-Hide or Disable Command Bar (aka Folder Band) in Windows Vista and 7 Explorer?
- How to Move / Show "Navigation Pane" at Right in Windows 7 Explorer?
Recently an AskVG reader "Stägämies" asked about moving Command Bar at bottom in Windows 7 Explorer. By default, Command Bar (which is also known as Folder Band or Toolbar) is shown at top in Windows Explorer. If you also want to move it to bottom, this tutorial will definitely help you.
This tutorial will help you in moving Command Bar at bottom in Windows 7 Explorer. The same method should also work in Windows Vista but we have not checked it in Windows Vista.
We'll take help of our favorite tool Resource Hacker in accomplishing this task. We'll need to edit a system file Shell32.dll to move Command Bar at bottom.
Following is a preview of the output which you are going to get after following this tutorial:
As you can see in the above screenshot, Command Bar is showing at the bottom in Windows Explorer.
So without wasting time, lets start the tutorial:
1. As we told you above, we'll need to edit "%windir%\System32\Shell32.dll" file. So first copy Shell32.dll file from "System32" folder to some other location for example Desktop.
Note: here %windir% represents "Windows" directory which can be found in the system drive where Windows is installed. In most of the cases its C:\Windows.
2. Now open the new file in Resource Hacker.
3. Go to "View -> Find Text" (or press Ctrl + F). It'll open Find box.
4. Now type following String in textbox:
5. Click on "Find Next" button and it'll show the line containing this text. It should be in UIFILE section.
6. You have to just replace "layoutpos="Top"" string with "layoutpos="Bottom"" as shown in following screenshot:
7. When you have done, click on "Compile Script" button.
8. Now press "F3" key and it'll show the next line containing the same text. Again do the same mentioned in 6th step.
9. You'll find 5 occurrences of "folderbandstyle" string in the file. Out of 5 occurrences, only 4 occurrences will have the layoutpos="Top" text in them. So you'll need to edit following 4 entries in Shell32.dll file:
UIFILE -> 12, 27, 28, 46
10. That's it. After modifying the strings, save the file.
11. Now we'll need to replace original Shell32.dll file present in "C:\Windows\System32\" folder with our new Shell32.dll file which we saved at Desktop or some other location.
11 a. First take ownership of "C:\Windows\System32\Shell32.dll" file using following tutorial:
11 b. Now rename it to "shell32_backup.dll" or any other name.
11 c. Now copy your new modified "shell32.dll" file from Desktop to "System32" folder.
PS. If you are using 64-bit Windows edition, you'll also need to replace Shell32.dll file present in "C:\Windows\sysWOW64\" folder with new one.
12. Restart your system and after restart Windows will start using your new modified file and you'll get Command Bar at bottom in Windows Explorer.
PS: If you want to move Command Bar to its default position i.e. top in future, simply restore the default Shell32.dll file from its backup.