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I want to permanently replace the Windows Explorer folder-buttons breadcrumbs address bar with the classic full file path textbox address bar.

I know you can double click on the address bar to convert it from breadcrumbs to textbox. But I want to set this permanently.

This is for Windows 7 (but I think it applies to Vista, too).

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You could also try ClassicShell. It allows you to disable Bread Crumbs by simply checking a check box. It also allows you to go back to a XP style Explorer (XP copy dialogue box, Path in Title Bar, etc).


I myself use it to add a "Up" Button to Explorer

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WoWOWoohw! Why didn't I hear about this before? -Finaly- I have a de-crippled start menu and explorer. Came here to get rid of breadcrumbs, went out with a 'fixed' windows 7 installation. Thanks! – Wouter May 9 '14 at 8:19
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There is no native solution. But there are two hackers who've made a utility app to fix this.

1) Download the zip file for your respective version:

For the Windows 7 ones, you may need to go to the hacker's blog and find the download links on the page.

Note: Windows Vista 64-bit does not have a utility available :(

2) Extract the zip file contents into your Program Files folder C:\Program Files

3) Right-click on the exe file and Create a New Shortcut

4) Copy that Shortcut file

5) Type shell:Startup in the address bar of Windows Explorer. You should be redirected to your Startup folder.

6) Paste that Shortcut file in your Startup folder. (The app needs to be run on every startup).

7) Restart Windows.

8) If on startup, Windows prompts you to be able to run BreakCrumbKiller or AveNoBreadCrumb, uncheck the Always ask box and click Yes/Ok.

Now, you'll always see the full path in the address bar (assuming you're browsing inside some drive--not "My Computer").

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Windows 7 Koonkii links redirect to this link… The W7 32 bit has this note "(not working - I've fixed it but have not had the chance to update the package with the right files yet)" – Moab Jul 26 '10 at 22:07
@Moab, I guess those links only work if you're coming from his blog. Maybe they are trying to prevent hotlinking. I saw the 32-bit warning, but his blog post was on Feb 2010, but he has a new release on Apr 2010, so perhaps he just forgot to remove the warning. – Bill Paetzke Jul 26 '10 at 22:50
@Moab, I am running Windows 7 64-bit, and I verified that that one works, at least. – Bill Paetzke Jul 26 '10 at 22:51
@ Bill P, yes I saw the release date but was still unsure, they made no reference to which version was broken, thanks. – Moab Jul 27 '10 at 13:57
I'm interested in this solution, too. Does it give me quick access via F6? – palswim Dec 16 '10 at 22:40

Is that what you are looking for?

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I tried that. Doesn't work. I still have to click once in the address bar to convert it from buttons to a textbox. – Bill Paetzke Jul 26 '10 at 21:08
Classic theme required for this to work, yuck. – Moab Jul 26 '10 at 21:15
@Moab -- It didn't work, even with classic theme, for me. No worries though, I have a solution! See my answer... – Bill Paetzke Jul 26 '10 at 21:38

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