Ultimate Tutorial to Tweak and Customize “Command Bar” in Windows 7 Explorer
"Command Bar" which is also called "Folder Band" or "Toolbar" was first introduced in Windows Vista. Command Bar was developed to replace the standard toolbar present in Windows Explorer. All previous Windows versions such as Windows XP, 2000, 98, etc came with normal toolbar in Windows Explorer which provided easy access to common buttons such as cut, copy, paste, delete, etc.
When Microsoft introduced Command Bar in Windows Vista Explorer, it was highly criticized by users because Microsoft didn't provide any setting or option to customize the Command Bar. Users were not able to add or remove buttons from Command Bar. Also users were not allowed to hide Command Bar in Windows Explorer. On the other hand, classic toolbar in previous Windows versions was highly customizable.
The same Command Bar was also used in Windows 7 Explorer and its still not very customizable in Windows 7.
But as usual we have posted many tutorials in past to tweak and customize Command Bar in Windows 7 Explorer. Some of these tutorials also work in Windows Vista. Today for your convenience, we are going to put together all these tutorials in a single place so that you can find them easily and quickly. It'll also help you in reading a tutorial if you missed it in past.
After following this ultimate tutorial, you'll be able to:
- Add new buttons such as cut, copy, paste, etc to Command Bar
- Rename, remove or hide Command Bar buttons
- Move Command Bar at bottom in Windows Explorer
- Auto-hide or disable Command Bar in Windows Explorer
- Customize "Organize" and "Layout" menus in Command Bar
- Remove "Preview Pane" button from Command Bar
- Remove "Get Help" button from Command Bar
- Remove "Burn" button from Command Bar
So without wasting time, lets start the ultimate tutorial to tweak and customize Command Bar in Windows Explorer:
1. Add New Buttons such as Cut, Copy, Paste to Command Bar
After following this tutorial, you'll be able to add many useful buttons such as Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Rename, Select all, Undo, Redo, Properties, Menu bar, Details pane, Preview pane, Navigation pane and Close buttons in Windows Explorer's Command Bar in Windows 7.
Windows 8 Explorer comes with new Ribbon UI and it provides one click access to turn on/off Navigation Pane, Preview Pane and Details Pane. You can enjoy a similar feature in Windows 7 Explorer by adding similar buttons in Command Bar using following tutorial:
2. Rename, Remove or Hide Command Bar Buttons
After following this tutorial, you'll be able to customize existing default buttons present in Command Bar in Windows 7 Explorer. This tutorial will help you in removing unwanted buttons and renaming desired button text in Command Bar.
3. Move Command Bar at Bottom in Windows Explorer
By default, Command Bar is shown at top in Windows Explorer. If you want to move it to bottom, this tutorial will definitely help you. The same method should also work in Windows Vista but we have not checked it in Windows Vista.
4. Auto-Hide or Disable Command Bar in Windows Explorer
Lots of people want to hide the Command Bar in Windows Explorer so that they can get more free space in the Explorer window. Following tutorial will tell you how to set the Command Bar auto-hidden in Explorer window. In this way, it'll only appear when you hover your mouse cursor over it:
5. Customize "Organize" and "Layout" Menus in Command Bar
The Command Bar in Windows Explorer contains a main menu item "Organize" which allows you to customize many things such as folder options, etc. It also contains another menu item "Layout" which allows you to turn Menu bar, Preview pane, Details pane and Navigation pane on or off.
Following tutorial will help you in customizing these menus. You can add new options, remove existing options and much more.
6. Remove "Preview Pane" Button from Command Bar
This tutorial will help you in removing "Preview Pane" button from Command Bar in Windows Vista and Windows 7 Explorer. It'll also restrict users from accessing Preview Pane in Windows Explorer.
7. Remove "Get Help" Button from Command Bar
The "Get Help" button is shown at the extreme right corner of Command Bar. Many people never use the button so you can remove it using following tutorial:
8. Remove "Burn" Button from Command Bar
Following tutorial will help you in removing "Burn" button from Command Bar in Windows Explorer:
That's all for now. We'll keep updating this topic whenever a new trick is found to customize Command Bar. So keep checking this place regularly. If you have any query, feel free to ask it in your comment...
Posted in: Windows 7
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