How do I show/hide the command bar (or, as some people call it, the Folder band) in Windows Explorer in Windows 7?
I know ALT toggles the menu bar.
I'd like to toggle the visibility of that command bar (with the organize button).
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There are 2 ways to auto-hide the 'command bar', they are:
To do it manually, you will need to install Resource Hacker which will allow you to edit the
Shellstyle.dll file in Windows. Once you've installed it, follow this link on AskVG. In case the link ever goes down, I'll add a screenshot here:
Make sure that if you are using a 3rd party theme, edit the
Shellstyle.dll file for that theme or this won't work.
Now, with option 2, if you want to set this up automatically, you can download Command Bar Tweaker (via LifeHacker) but it only works with the default Aero theme
There is a tool called "Windows 7 Command Bar Tweaker" which allows to easily hide this bar.
Its original location doesn't exist anymore, but there is an archived download link.
So, this tool has two modes:
Requires you to log out for the change to take effect.
Successfully tested on Windows 7 64-bit.
If you are interested in trying to "resource hack" the
Shellstyle.dll file by yourself, you may have a look at this AskVG article.
I applied the instructions on Ask VG to the classic theme to permanently hide the command bar. This is the resulting
shellstyle.dll. I hope this saves some of you some time.