Can Vista defaults for folder / dialog interfaces be changed?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by DudeBoyz, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. DudeBoyz

    DudeBoyz Guest

    Under Windows XP, if I open up My Computer, I can go to the View
    menu, Select the Toolbars option and toggle on or off the key

    Standard Buttons
    Address Bar

    I can't seem to find a way to do that in Vista.

    Also, the order of elements is changed in Vista and I can't find
    a way to alter that.

    Is there any way to accomplish these tasks so that I can make the
    interface closer to that of Windows XP?

    Vista has the address bar at the top of dialogs / folders. It
    also has a different "green stripe" type of button bar just below
    that. It has listed items like these: "Organized, Views, System
    Properties", etc.

    I'd like to be able to enable the File Menu (I know how to do
    that) and then Toggle Off the Address bar that resides at the
    very top and that "Green Stripe Button Bar" as well.

    I would also like to be able to change the location / order of
    all of these elements if possible.

    Are there any settings in Vista that can give me the look I'm
    after? Registry edits? Third party "Tweak" tools?

    I found one tip that lets you move the address bar for IE 7 so it
    is below the File menu, but that's about it. I can't seem to
    find a way to relocate the Command Bar in IE 7 so it isn't on the
    same line as the Tabs. I'd like to be able to move the Links bar
    just above the Tabs bar.

    So, I guess I'm asking for some help in trying to alter the Vista
    defaults in order to make it look and function more like XP, at
    least for a while as I learn the Vista interface.

    I'd appreciate any helpful tips you can provide.

    Thank you.

    I do not like the Address Bar on top, and I don't like the
    changing look and functionality of items in the "button bar"
    (that green stripe with things like "Organized, Views, System
    Properties", etc.

    The address bar at the top serves more than one function - It's
    almost like a directory tree but horizontal in that address bar
    space instead of an explorer like "Expand / Collapse" tree on the
    left side of the dialog.

    I really do wish that the interface was more customizable. I
    would like to be able to set the order of elements in that
    interface, and toggle any of those elements on or off as I wish.

    Having these changes in place and then realizing that you lost a
    lot of the customizability that you had in XP - well, it gets
    kind of annoying.

    Anyway, thanks for the reply. I appreciate it.
    DudeBoyz, Dec 30, 2008
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    No longer exists in Vista's Windows Explorer
    Not configurable, it will always be there
    Only in Internet Explorer.
    Also locked down now.
    Rick Rogers, Dec 31, 2008
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  3. DudeBoyz

    DudeBoyz Guest

    I'm bummed about the answers, but I'm very grateful for your
    clear, concise and helpful reply.

    Now I won't have to spend tons of times "Googling" for solutions
    that do not exist.

    Thanks again for your Rock Solid reply. Looks like I'll need to
    suck it up and get used to the new interface whether I like it or

    I have been led to believe that I will be able to install Maxthon in Vista and it will allow me to use the IE7 engine but
    with the Maxthon interface, so that is of some
    DudeBoyz, Dec 31, 2008
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    Don't use it myself, but those I know that do use it prefer Maxthon for
    similar reasons and yes, it should work.
    Rick Rogers, Dec 31, 2008
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    DudeBoyz Guest

    Don't use it myself, but those I know that do use it prefer
    Is it possible that Maxthon (latest classic version)
    will work with all 3 versions:

    XP + IE 6
    Vista + IE 7
    Windows 7 + IE 8

    without having to alter the Maxthon program?

    The stock Maxthon, as is, should be able to function
    fully with all 3 of those browsers and operating systems?

    DudeBoyz, Dec 31, 2008

  6. I run Maxthon with IE7 under Vista here, with no problems at
    all. Before Maxthon 2 came out, I ran Maxthon 1 with IE7 under Vista
    without a problem. I'm sorry that I can't remember the specific
    version of Maxthon that I ran, but if is newer than what I
    ran, it's highly unlikely that it wouldn't run under Vista.

    What will happen with Maxthon using Windows 7 or IE8 when they are
    released, I don't know.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Dec 31, 2008
  7. DudeBoyz

    DudeBoyz Guest

    I run Maxthon with IE7 under Vista here, with no
    Great news, at least on the Vista / IE 7 front.

    Thanks for the post. I appreciate it much.
    DudeBoyz, Dec 31, 2008

  8. You're welcome. Glad to help.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Dec 31, 2008
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