In Windows 7, Windows Explorer has a large bar just above the status bar that contains properties of the highlighted item. Is it possible to hide this? It takes up a significant amount of screen space I'd prefer using in the file listing.

Also, is it possible to hide the tool bar for the same reason? That's what I'm calling the bar near the top with "Organize, Open, Include in Library, Share With..."

  • I have not tried this myself, but it looks like this tutorial explains how to achieve what you are looking for. – Reinier Torenbeek Dec 28 '12 at 17:31
  • According to this Microsoft page (in particular, this image), the bottom bar above the status bar is called Details pane; the toolbar near the top under the menu bar is called, simply, Toolbar. – Pang Dec 27 '14 at 2:29

Organize → Layout → Details pane

And no, I don't think you can hide the toolbar in Explorer windows.

  • This did it for the bottom. I never did see how to get rid of the bar that has "Organize" in it, but I got rid of the menu bar instead. I can right-click and access everything I need from the menu, and the "Organize..." bar only takes a little more space than the menu bar. – xpda Mar 1 '10 at 20:18
  • Well, the menu bar is hidden by default anyway. The tool bar (the thing that has »Organize« in it) apparently can't be hidden. – Joey Mar 1 '10 at 21:07

Windows 7 Command Bar Tweaker can be used to hide the Windows 7 Explorer toolbar (or Command bar).

  • That looks good. Unfortunately, I have the aero theme disabled. – xpda Sep 2 '11 at 2:19
  • This link is dead, does anybody have a mirror? – jrh Oct 1 '16 at 22:30

Is this what you need?:


It claims it's working for vista and 7.

  • This didn't work for me in Win 7 -- couldn't find gpedit.msc. – xpda Mar 1 '10 at 20:17
  • Editing group policies isn't possible in the Home versions of Vista or Win 7. – Joey Mar 1 '10 at 21:07
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    I think this link changed -- it's got Windows Pinball now. – xpda Sep 2 '11 at 2:20

It is called "Folder Band".

This link will tell you how to do so, except it shows you how to auto-hide. customize it

If you want to remove it permanently, read the link and instead of doing their modification, replace this:

<style resid="FolderBandStyle">
background="argb(0, 0, 0, 0)"


<style resid="FolderBandStyle">
background="argb(0, 0, 0, 0)"
padding="rect(0rp,0rp,0rp,-28rp)" />

Once finished you can just restart explorer.exe, you don't have to restart as the article suggests.

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