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Classic Shell adds some missing features to Windows 7 and Vista
« on: January 01, 2011, 07:39:56 PM »
Classic Shell adds some missing features to Windows 7 and Vista like a classic start menu, toolbar for Explorer and others.

What is Classic Shell?

Classic Shell is a collection of features that were available in older versions of Windows but are removed from Vista and Windows 7. It has a classic start menu for Windows 7, it adds a toolbar for Windows Explorer and supports a variety of smaller features.

System Requirements

Classic Shell works on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Both 32 and 64-bit versions are supported (the same installer works for both). Some skins for the start menu require Aero theme to be enabled. Others require at least Basic theme.

Additional Skins for the Start Menu

Classic Shell comes with a limited set of skins for the start menu. More skins are available for download:
clrSharp - Classic Shell Skin by ~JohnEdwa on deviantART
clrSharp2 - another skin by ~JohnEdwa
Modifications of the Classic Shell skins to use the Tahoma font instead of Segoe UI, by mickyfoley
After you download the new skins, place the .skin files in the Classic Shell\Skins folder. Then open the start menu settings and select your new skin. Don't forget to click on the "About This Skin" button to see who the authors are and what they have to say.
You can create your own skin.


The main Classic Shell package includes translations in 35 languages for things like the toolbar labels, the Explorer UI and the start menu items.
By default things like the settings UI, help files and the installer are only in English. Thanks to some helpful users, those areas of Classic Shell have been translated to other languages.

Classic Start Menu

Classic Start Menu is a clone of the original start menu, which you can find in all versions of Windows from 95 to Vista. It has a variety of advanced features:
Drag and drop to let you organize your applications
Options to show Favorites, expand Control Panel, etc
Shows recently used documents. The number of documents to display is customizable
Translated in 35 languages, including Right-to-left support for Arabic and Hebrew
Does not disable the original start menu in Windows. You can access it by Shift+Click on the start button
Right-click on an item in the menu to delete, rename, sort, or perform other tasks
Available for 32 and 64-bit operating systems
Has support for skins, including additional 3rd party skins
Fully customizable in both looks and functionality
Support for Microsoft’s Active Accessibility
Converts the “All Programs” button in the Windows menu into a cascading menu
And last but not least – it's FREE!

If you have used the start menu in older versions of Windows you’ll feel right at home!
Pick from 8 default skins, download more from the Internet, or make your own! Check out the  Skinning Tutorial.


Classic Explorer

Classic Explorer is a plugin for Windows Explorer that:
Adds a toolbar to Explorer for some common operations (Go to parent folder, Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Properties, Email). The toolbar is fully customizable
Replaces the copy UI in Vista and Windows 7 with the more user-friendly “classic” version similar to Windows XP
Handles Alt+Enter in the folder panel of Windows Explorer and shows the properties of the selected folder
Has options for customizing the folder panel to look more like the Windows XP version or to not fade the expand buttons
Can show the free disk space and the total file size in the status bar
Can disable the breadcrumbs in the address bar
Fixes a long list of features that are broken in Windows 7 – missing icon overlay for shared folders, the jumping folders in the navigation pane, missing sorting headers in list view, and more

Toolbar in Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer in Vista doesn’t have a toolbar like the one in Windows XP. If you want to go to the parent folder you have to use the breadcrumbs bar. If you want to copy or delete a file with the mouse you have to right-click and look for the Delete command. The right-click menu gets bigger and bigger the more shell extensions you have installed, and finding the right command can take a while.

To solve the problem, the Classic Explorer plugin adds a new toolbar.
Hold the Control key when clicking the Up button to open the parent folder in a new Explorer window.
Hold the Shift key when clicking the Delete button to permanently delete a file.

Additional Up Button

Some people have asked if I can make a small Up button and put it next to the Back/Forward buttons in the title bar of Explorer. If Up is the only button you need from the toolbar, this will save you screen space.  Right-click on the button to bring up the Classic Explorer settings.

New copy UI

In Vista when you copy files and there is a conflict you are presented with a dialog box.
What’s wrong with it?

Well, for starters it is half a screen full of text that you have to read. Also it is not immediately clear what parts of it are clickable. You have to move the mouse around to discover the UI like in a Lucas Arts adventure game. And finally the keyboard usability is awful. To tell it “yes, I know what I’m doing, I want to overwrite all files” you have to press Alt+D, up, up, up, Space! It is harder than performing the Akuma Kara Demon move in Street Fighter 3. There is a time and a place for that stuff and copying files is not it.
The Classic Explorer plugin brings back the simpler dialog box from Windows XP.

It is immediately clear what is clickable (clue – the buttons at the bottom), there is easy keyboard navigation (press Y for “Yes”, A to copy all files) and you can still see which file is newer and which is larger. And of course just like in Windows XP, holding down Shift while clicking on the No button means "No to All" (or just press Shift+N).
If you click on More… you will get the original dialog from Windows. From there you will see all the details and you’ll get an extra option to “Copy, but keep both files”.
Important Note: Only the UI is replaced. The underlying system that does the actual copying is not affected.

Alt+Enter in the navigation pane

Alt+Enter is universal shortcut across Windows to bring up the properties of the selection. But in Vista and Windows 7 it doesn’t work in the left pane that shows the folders. It works fine on the right where the files are. This is broken compared to Windows XP where Alt+Enter works in both places.
To solve the problem, the Classic Explorer plugin detects when you press Alt+Enter and shows the properties for the currently selected folder.

Status bar

In Windows 7 the status bar in Explorer doesn't show the free disk space and the size of the selected files. Classic Explorer fixes that.
When no files are selected the total size of all files in the folder is shown.


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