How to Remove “Get Help” Button from Command Bar in Windows 7 Explorer?
A few days back in following tutorial we mentioned about an AskVG reader "zydrius sMiLe" who requested a tutorial for removing or hiding "Get help" button from Windows Explorer's Command Bar (aka Folder Band or Toolbar) in Windows 7:
At that time I was unable to do it because of a 64-bit Windows problem as mentioned in recent tutorial:
But now when we know how to modify system files in 64-bit Windows without any problem, we are ready to remove the "Get Help" button from Windows 7 Explorer's Command Bar.
As usual we'll need to edit Shell32.dll file in Resource Hacker to accomplish the task.
Following is a preview of the output which you'll get after following this tutorial:
You can see in above image, "Get Help" button is no longer available at the right-side of Command Bar in Windows Explorer.
So without wasting time lets start the tutorial. This tutorial should also work in Windows Vista but we have not checked it in Vista:
1. As we mentioned 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 will be line 4 in UIFILE -> 32 section.
<Button3d id="atom(HelpButton)" accdefaction="resstr(0x79AC, library(shell32.dll))" accdesc="resstr(0x79AF, library(shell32.dll))" accessible="true" accname="resstr(0x79AE, library(shell32.dll))" accrole="pushbutton" active="mouseandkeyboard" layoutpos="right" tooltip="true"/>
6. You just need to replace "layoutpos="right"" string present at the end of line with "layoutpos="none"".
<Button3d id="atom(HelpButton)" accdefaction="resstr(0x79AC, library(shell32.dll))" accdesc="resstr(0x79AF, library(shell32.dll))" accessible="true" accname="resstr(0x79AE, library(shell32.dll))" accrole="pushbutton" active="mouseandkeyboard" layoutpos="none" tooltip="true"/>
7. When you have done, click on "Compile Script" button.
8. That's it. After modifying the string, save the file.
9. 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.
10 a. First take ownership of "C:\Windows\System32\Shell32.dll" file using following tutorial:
10 b. Now rename it to "shell32_backup.dll" or any other name.
10 c. Now copy your new modified "shell32.dll" file from Desktop to "System32" folder.
11. Restart your system and after restart Windows will start using your new modified file and you'll get rid of "Get Help" button from Command Bar in Windows Explorer.
PS: You can follow the same steps to remove "View" and "Preview Pane" buttons from Command Bar. The code for both buttons is present in line 3 and line 5 of "UIFILE -> 32" section respectively.
NOTE: If you want to restore "Get Help" button in Command Bar, simply restore the default Shell32.dll file from its backup.
Posted in: Windows 7
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