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I've seen guides for Windows 7 here, but it doesn't seem to work on Windows 8.

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Just curious, why would you like to remove it? – Vishnu Prasad Kallummel Nov 11 '13 at 10:41
it's big and pretty much useless – silica-gel Nov 11 '13 at 10:46
Hmmm, then you must be having a small screen! ;) – Vishnu Prasad Kallummel Nov 11 '13 at 10:49
haha, not really, but I like to keep a lot of stuff on the screen at once, in small windows, so it takes up a good chunk of it. – silica-gel Nov 11 '13 at 10:54

you can replace shellstyle.dll to hide command bar, to do so, download it here, works on my win8.1

I've made a small change to it, it's based on the drakulaboy's dll

just go to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\(your theme folder)(aero is default)\Shell\NormalColor\ backup your shellstyle.dll and replace it with the modded one

then reboot or log off/on

ok, sorry for improper form:

win7 tutorials say (sorry I can't post more than 2 links) you have to edit shellstyle.dll using Resource Hacker, when you open it go to UIFILE -> 1 -> 1033 and after line <style resid="FolderBandStyle"> add <Element padding="rect(0rp,0rp,0rp,-28rp)"/> than compile it, save it and replace it

the problem is I didn't find that line in win8.1's shellstyle.dll, but I found the drakulaboy's dll and changed it there and it's working now, the only thing is, that he uses the autohide feature which is this line <if mousefocused="false" mousewithin="false"><Element padding="rect(0rp,0rp,0rp,-28rp)"/></if> so you have to replace it with (as mentioned earlier) with this line <Element padding="rect(0rp,0rp,0rp,-28rp)"/> (you can replace -28rp with -32rp, I've read somewhere it's better)

hope it's more clear now (sorry for my english, not a native speaker)

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Even if your intentions are good, linking to and recommending the replacement of dlls isn't best practice. How can we verify your (and drakulaboy's) modifications? – bertieb Aug 21 '15 at 23:51
(Perhaps you could edit your post to include information on how the modification was made) – bertieb Aug 22 '15 at 0:01
Yeah, And if the mediafire answer goes down, your answer is entirely useless. – Journeyman Geek Aug 22 '15 at 0:04

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