Restoring the Classic Address bar from before 1909 Aug 13, 2020 12:26:06 GMT -8
Post by ihatemetro on Aug 13, 2020 12:26:06 GMT -8
Is there any way to restore the old search and address bar functionality without having to open Control Panel and navigate from there? I dislike the new search: It's too big, gigantic, and is not friendly with the Classic Theme or even with the disabled ribbon. Plus, it's metro, which I really dislike. If a DLL injection (aka OldNewExplorer) could restore the Windows 7 functionality of explorer (bringing back the extended titlebar, removing the up button, and even moving the details pane back to the bottom), or even add functionality to the navigation pane, disabling breadcrumbs and removing the search box (Classic Explorer), maybe the classic search and address bar can be restored too? The functionality and behavior of the old search itself still exists in the Control Panel (no re-implementing) and certain file open dialogs, the only challenge is to reduce the height, change the size of the address bar buttons (drop-down menu, refresh button) and to actually find a way to modify the address bar and inject into it.
Don't tell me to use something like Everything or Agent Ransack, I like my search built in to Explorer (even in XP and 2000 it was built-in) and using a third-party search application wouldn't cut it.
Last second edit: By "new search" I meant the 1909+ search box, but I would prefer if the injection was made for 2004, since in 1909 it can be disabled.
Edit 2: While trying to replace the ExplorerFrame.dll from the big search to 1909's (In a VM, obviously), explorer refused to launch and I get an error attached below while trying to open up "Open" or "Save as" in Notepad as a test. Afterwards the explorer style changed to the Vista style file pane, navigation pane was blank, details pane showed at the bottom, and the address bar was completely missing. All this when I never installed OldNewExplorer or Folder Options X. Maybe it is a fallback style. Anyways, I will show you the error and the "fallback style" in attachments.
Edit 3: Changed the title from "DLL Injection to restore Classic File Explorer address bar" to "Restoring the Classic Address bar from before 1909" because it's now more about attempts to restore the 1903 and before address bar.