Bar of menus menus icons bar / customizable?

I have Vista Home Basic which works very well for me.  However, I have a problem when I use Windows Explorer or IE 8: what happened to the icons on the menu bar (such as the scissors to cut the Clipboard to paste)?  I really got used to them in XP Pro and not miss them!

I just can't understand how to customize menu bars to get back them.



Unfortunately, this feature has been removed in Vista (and Windows7 as well).  There is no functionality to customize to add buttons like cut, paste and similar to all toolbars in these versions of Windows - customization options are very limited and do not include options like that.  I could also find no third-party toolbars that provided these options.  It has been removed from Explorer Windows and Internet Explorer.  It is impossible even with a registry tweak.

Here is an article on how to add a button to a toolbar (but it's especially for programs - not for things like cut or paste):  I do not think that this will help solve your problem (a problem that we ALL have with Microsoft), but it may be useful to customize your toolbar.

Sorry it wasn't the answer you wanted to hear, but it's how she stands with Vista and Windows7 (and I guess that's the way of the future).  Maybe you can make up for this loss by learning how to use and customize the right click context menu (which is essentially a replacement if you can call it).

Here is an article with a download of a free tool to help customize the context menu in Vista which may be easier to use: Good luck!

Instead of these buttons, learn how to customize your right-click options to include many features that were on this command bar.  This article is quite advanced (and involves editing the registry) then you must back up the registry before you begin anything as follows:

Here is another article on how to customize the context menu.  It is also a little advanced and you need to download several other programs follow the instructions but it might be a little easier than the above procedure ultimately:

I hope this helps.

Good luck!

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