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Classic Shell

, 23 Feb 2010
Classic Start menu and other shell features for Windows 7 and Vista.
Prize winner in Competition "Windows 7 "Windows @ Work" Article Contest"
ClassicShellSetup.zip
ClassicShellSrc.zip
ClassicShell
ClassicExplorer
ClassicCopyExt.rgs
ClassicExplorer.rgs
ClassicExplorer32.def
ClassicExplorer64.def
Explorer.ini
ExplorerBand.rgs
ExplorerBHO.rgs
ExplorerL10N.ini
up.ico
up2Disabled.ico
up2Hot.ico
up2Normal.ico
up2Pressed.ico
upDisabled.ico
ClassicShellSetup
ClassicShell.ico
ClassicShellBanner.jpg
ClassicShellSetup.manifest
ClassicShellSetup32
ClassicShellSetup32.vdproj
ClassicShellSetup64
ClassicShellSetup64.vdproj
ClassicStartMenu
ClassicStartMenu.manifest
ClassicStartMenuDLL
StartMenu.ini
StartMenuItems.ini
StartMenuL10N.ini
Docs
ClassicExplorer_files
after.png
before.png
ClassicShell.png
FolderView.gif
iconoffset.png
statusbar.png
titlebar.png
toolbar.png
ClassicShellEULA.rtf
ClassicShellReadme.rtf
ClassicStartMenu_files
ClassicShell.png
screenshot.png
skins.gif
ParseSettings
Skins
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selection.bmp
VistaAero
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CLASSIC SHELL
Version 1.0.0

Classic Shell adds some missing features to Windows 7 and Vista like a
classic start menu, a toolbar for Windows Explorer and others.

The latest version can be found on Source Forge:
http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/

Report problems in the Classic Shell help forum:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/classicshell/forums/forum/1049756

For answers to frequently asked questions look here:
http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/faq.html


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1) Classic Start Menu

Classic Start Menu is a clone of the start menu from Windows 2000, XP and Vista that
sadly is missing from Windows 7. 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. Make your own!

*	Fully customizable in both looks and functionality

*	Support for Microsoft�s Active Accessibility


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2) 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). More buttons can be added manually

*	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


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3) The source code

Classic Shell is open source, and the source code is licensed under the terms of the
MIT open source license. See the LICENSE.txt file in the main directory.

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About the Author

Ivo Beltchev
Software Developer (Senior)
United States United States
Ivo started programming in 1985 on an Apple ][ clone. He graduated from Sofia University, Bulgaria with a MSCS degree. Ivo has been working as a professional programmer for over 12 years, and as a professional game programmer for over 10. He is currently employed in Pandemic Studios, a video game company in Los Angeles, California.

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