CustomExplorerToolbar v1.05
Copyright (c) 2011 Nir Sofer


CustomExplorerToolbar is small utility for Windows 7 only, which allows you to easily customize the toolbar of Windows Explorer, and add buttons that were existed in previous versions of Windows, like Copy, Cut, Paste, Select All, and more.
This utility also allows you to remove the toolbar buttons that you previously added.

Versions History

  • Version 1.05:
    • The last settings is now saved into configuration file (CustomExplorerToolbar.cfg) and loaded in the next time that you use CustomExplorerToolbar.
  • Version 1.00 - First release.

System Requirements And Limitations

  • This utility only works on Windows 7. It doesn't work on Windows Vista. Both 32-bit and x64 systems are supported.
  • Some buttons might not be displayed on Explorer toolbar, even if you added them with CustomExplorerToolbar tool.
  • Be aware that CustomExplorerToolbar cannot remove the default buttons provided by Windows operating system. It can only remove buttons that you previously added.

How it works

CustomExplorerToolbar updates the toolbar buttons list stored in TasksItemsSelected and TasksNoItemsSelected Registry subkeys, under the following Registry keys: (Every key represents a different folder type)

If the owner of the Registry key is TrustedInstaller, CustomExplorerToolbar automatically changes the owner and permissions, make the toolbar change, and then set back the original owner and permissions.

Using CustomExplorerToolbar

CustomExplorerToolbar doesn't require any installation process or additional dll files. In order to start using it, simply run the executable file, CustomExplorerToolbar.exe
If UAC (User Account Control) is turned on, Windows 7 will ask you whether you want that this program will make changes to this computer, and you should choose 'Yes' to run the program.

After running CustomExplorerToolbar, the main window is displayed, and you can can choose the toolbar mode, buttons, and folder type, and then press the 'Do It !' button to add the toolbar buttons your selected.

CustomExplorerToolbar Options

  • Action: Choose whether you want to add the selected buttons, or to remove the selected buttons. You can use the 'remove' action to remove the buttons that you previously added with the 'add' action.
  • Toolbar Mode: Choose when the selected buttons should be displayed: when one or more items are selected (In Windows Explorer) or when items are not selected.
  • Buttons List: Choose the buttons that you want to add or remove. Be aware that CustomExplorerToolbar displays all available Explorer buttons. However, some of them won't be displayed on Explorer toolbar, even if you chose to add them.
  • Folder Types: Types of folder that will be affected. The most important folder type is 'Generic', which represents almost every file system folder. You can also choose to add or remove the toolbar buttons in the Documents/Music/Pictures/Video libraries of Windows Explorer.

In the following screenshot, you can see an example of Explorer window, after adding the Close, Copy, Cut, Paste, Properties, and Select All buttons with CustomExplorerToolbar utility:

Translating CustomExplorerToolbar to other languages

In order to translate CustomExplorerToolbar to other language, follow the instructions below:
  1. Run CustomExplorerToolbar with /savelangfile parameter:
    CustomExplorerToolbar.exe /savelangfile
    A file named CustomExplorerToolbar_lng.ini will be created in the folder of CustomExplorerToolbar utility.
  2. Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text editor.
  3. Translate all string entries to the desired language. Optionally, you can also add your name and/or a link to your Web site. (TranslatorName and TranslatorURL values) If you add this information, it'll be used in the 'About' window.
  4. After you finish the translation, Run CustomExplorerToolbar, and all translated strings will be loaded from the language file.
    If you want to run CustomExplorerToolbar without the translation, simply rename the language file, or move it to another folder.


This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this and you don't sell it or distribute it as a part of commercial product. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification !


The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.


If you have any problem, suggestion, comment, or you found a bug in my utility, you can send a message to

Download CustomExplorerToolbar

CustomExplorerToolbar is also available in other languages. In order to change the language of CustomExplorerToolbar, download the appropriate language zip file, extract the 'customexplorertoolbar_lng.ini', and put it in the same folder that you Installed CustomExplorerToolbar utility.

LanguageTranslated ByDateVersion
Brazil Portuguese SoftDownload26/07/20111.00
Czech Buchtič09/09/20111.05
DutchJan Verheijen07/01/20151.05
French Jean-Claude KURSNER02/12/20111.05
German «Latino» auf WinTotal.de11/03/20141.05
Greek geogeo.gr19/07/20111.00
HebrewAharon Don24/05/20121.05
Italian fabrizio.r - fr5222/09/20111.05
Latvian Nizaury13/08/20111.00
Romanian Jaff (Oprea Nicolae)06/05/20121.05
RussianDmitry Yerokhin19/07/20111.00
Simplified Chineseqzwqzw02/08/20111.00
Traditional Chineseilovepc23/05/20141.05
TurkishHARUN ARI11/09/20111.05