How It Works?
On launching Blueberry Explorer Customizer, the program checks for the presence of Microsoft .Net Framework version 4.0 or later. If this is not installed on your system, a Windows prompt invites you to download and install it. The program also checks compatibility with your current operating system version before creating the appropriate registry keys.
If all is well, the program will launch.
- Display or hide the Navigation Pane and its icons
- Add or remove custom folder(s) to This PC
- Edit the location of the Shell folders (e.g. Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Videos)
- Display or hide the Task View icon in the Task Bar
- Change the appearance of Cortana (the voice-activated personal assistant for Windows 10)
- Import / Export Configuration as a configuration file
The program first checks if it has been run on the system before by checking the system registry. If not, then new registry keys are created. The Blueberry Explorer Customizer Home Screen is then presented.
Changing Shell Folders Location
Change the location of the Shell folders (e.g. Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Videos). Shell folders in Windows are specific folders that are used as the default location for specific file types. For example, “My Pictures” is a shell folder. Whenever Windows is told to open or save an image file it will offer you this shell folder first. More importantly, applications use shell folders to store configuration settings in.
To change a shell folder location, click on the current path link and choose a new path and apply the changes (“Save” or “Apply” buttons).
Adding Custom Folders
To add a custom folder, click the “Add custom folder” button. A new window will display. Select a path, add a name and (optionally) choose a custom icon if you don’t want to keep the default. The custom icon can be chosen in a *.dll file that contains icons (as Windows Shell32.dll or imageres.dll) or a *.ico file.
To apply the changes, click “Save” or “Apply”.
Import and Export Configuration
Blueberry Explorer Customizer also allows you to export the configuration as a configuration file (json). To export the configuration, select at least one item and click on the “Export as configuration file” button. A “Save the configuration file” dialog appears which allows you to choose a location to save the configuration to.
How much does Blueberry Explorer Customizer cost?
It’s totally free. We just ask that you register as a user of Blueberry Explorer Customizer, so we can keep you updated on improvements.
Do I need technical knowledge to use Blueberry Explorer Customizer?
As long as you know your way around Windows Explorer and want to reduce the clutter you see on your screen, then you’re probably good to go!
What if I do something wrong?
Not to worry. Blueberry Explorer Customizer includes Help files. There’s also a “Restore” button to restore the default configuration of Windows Explorer (i.e. the same state as a new Windows installation).