Change the Explorer Toolbar Background

by on April 27th, 2009

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To change the toolbar background in Internet explorer and Windows explorer you will have to add some registry value.
Go to start > type regedit > hit enter, Browse the following location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\

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Create a new string value called BackBitmap and type in a path to a bitmap (remember “a BITMAP”, not the jpg or gif),
e.g.
c:windowssome.bmp
This did not work for me, I tried using ‘double slashes’,
e.g
c:\windows\some.bmp
and it worked.

You can place the image anywhere in hard disk. You have to know the path just. Use big image. Preferably 1600X200 pixels.

Cool eh! I have used Windows 7 Wallpaper as a background for my explorer and Internet explorer. It will not stretch or squeeze. It will show up the top part of the image as much as it needs. Okay now I remember I had used in the past hotbar for changing explorer background image. That tool had lot of pre-made free backgrounds. Looks like now there is Platrium instead of hotbar. Cool stuff. But I can do it this way by myself rather then installing a software and giving my explorer trouble to bear third party software load.


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  1. chico says:

    any thoughts on how to do this with the IE8 Menu Bar (manually through the registry)?

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