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Windows 8.x Explorer Rebar Tweaker

By DBlake1
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Here's another little program I've been working on for the last few days. This time, a program that allows you to tweak the Explorer Navigation Pane (or Rebar as Windows calls it).



This allows you to:
- Hide the Up button
- Hide the Search bar
- Change padding after the search bar
- Change padding before and after the address bar
- Change the padding before the Nav buttons

All settings are configurable in the settings.ini file or with the new configuration GUI.

BE SURE that you extract the settings.ini IN THE SAME FOLDER with the EXE for your OS architecture (normal or x64).

I hate to sound like a beggar, but would you please consider donating a few pennies to me so I can finally purchase Windows Style Builder? I have great theme ideas (as you've probably seen).…

Thank you for your support! I'm constantly working on this tool, adding little tweaks here and there, so be sure to :+fav: this so you don't miss any updates!
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FlyingPoring's avatar
Thank you for this! Some of my themes look better after adjusting the padding. :D
THEMEIT's avatar
all links are dead
jasonarg's avatar
Do you know how to change the background color of the rebar? That would be the only thing I wanted to tweak.
Luksy78's avatar
I'm sry, I was wrong, it works, you only need to put it in the system32 folder which I forgot :P
Ansus's avatar
How to hide the rebar altogether?
coroners's avatar
Any chance to hide the "Organize" menu under the rebar? I want it gone! Any help would be appreciated. 
coroners's avatar
Also this program does not work for me anymore. I am on Windows 8.1 and I had luck in the beginning but now the tweaker has no effect and the all the stuff that worked from the start is reset to default. So help with that needed to. Keep up the good work and thanks a lot for sharing! PEACE.
Seahorsepip's avatar
Too much traffic to dropbox link...
DBlake1's avatar
Added alternate links, thanks for reporting.
Watercoolio's avatar
works not with Windows x64 8.1 Update 1. :(
DBlake1's avatar
Worked fine for me when I used it. If you use any other utilities that change the rebar it won't work.
subi54's avatar
Hi, thank you for your hard work.
Is there a way to get rid of the help button?
ajdip's avatar
its great for styling 
Danlosant's avatar
I don´t even use w8, but this is pretty cool!!
neiio's avatar
Cool app mate!
DBlake1's avatar
Version is out! I improved the code a bit in this release. I also added a new "Run at Startup" option to the tray menu.
savouryspacemonkey's avatar

This was a great tool. Note that download is dead. Is it likely to return?

DBlake1's avatar
Oops, forgot to update it when I organized my Dropbox folders. Updated link is in the OP.
zydrius32's avatar
Removing Up button doesn’t work in other windows:…
DBlake1's avatar
I know. This is something that won't be fixed. It uses far too much memory and CPU power to check each window on the system for existence of the Up button, Search bar and Padding elements.
zydrius32's avatar
Maybe there’s a way to only check specific window types (like the one in the screenshot)? For example, your program wouldn’t check normal Google Chrome windows, but would check Open / Save dialogs of Chrome.
MrGRiM01's avatar
I have been experiencing allot of explorer restarts using this tool, I have it set to start with windows but allot of the time when I open the first window explorer will restart, sometimes if you open a window again just after the restart it will restart again, if you leave it a few seconds though the window will open, not sure if it's only x64 related or if it could possibly be the padding settings I am using, I have it set to -3 after search and -6 before the nav buttons.

here is what I have in event viewer.

Faulting application name: Explorer.EXE, version: 6.3.9600.16441, time stamp: 0x5265dec8
Faulting module name: Comctl32.dll, version: 6.10.9600.16384, time stamp: 0x5215fcbd
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x0000000000007f35
Faulting process id: 0xe5c
Faulting application start time: 0x01cefc6865487479
Faulting application path: C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\WinSxS\\Comctl32.dll
Report Id: a7a1d3eb-685b-11e3-82ef-000c295ef3e6
Faulting package full name:
Faulting package-relative application ID:
DBlake1's avatar
Hmm, I haven't been having any issues at all. I use Windows 8.1 x64 with all latest updates. I might know a solution; though I'm not too sure.
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