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Windows Explorer Asdress Bar Gone?Thinks My Docs is Music?!?

by PSOmasterX77 / July 11, 2005 3:40 AM PDT

Recently, I noticed the address bar in my windows explorer (WinXP SP2) disappeared. I went to view>toolbars>address bar, but all that shows up is a little tan box that has a faded "address" written in it. Can't click it or anything, totally useless. What happened and how do I get it back? Oh, and recently Windows decided my "My documents" folder was a music folder. How do I get it to stop identifying folders as "pictures" or "music" ?

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The Address Bar
by will4vols / July 11, 2005 4:06 AM PDT

To get the Address Bar back, right click on the faded address words. Then make sure "Lock the toolbars" isn't checked. The you should be able to mouse over the webpage upto the toolbar and pull it down.

Hope it helps,

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About the music files
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 11, 2005 5:09 AM PDT

You may need to "Re-associate" the music files with the correct application.

Find a music file in Windows Explorer, highlight it, and right click. Select "Open with", then in the next menu, select "Choose program". In the list of programs choose the one you want to use to play the tracks, and make sure the option to "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" is ticked.

OK out.

I hope this helps.


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Okay address bar fixed but the music problem....
by PSOmasterX77 / July 11, 2005 9:52 AM PDT
In reply to: About the music files

Well thanks for the Address bar tip, now with the music, it's not that the music files dont open correctly, it's just you know how say if you go into your Windows XP ''My Music'' folder, there's a bar on the left that says ''music tasks'' and it says you can ''play all'' and whatnot. Then when I go to arrange the icons, everything is music related. I don't want my my documents folder to be associated with music.

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I'm not sure I follow
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 11, 2005 10:09 AM PDT

Are you saying that when you double click on the My Documents icon on your desktop, it displays your documents but the list on the left hand side starts off with

Music Tasks
Play all
Shop for music online
COpy all items to audio CD

Is that it?

If so, what do you mean when you say, "when I go to arrange the icons, everything is music related"?

In what way arrange the icons, and what icons? Do you mean the documents filed in that folder? If so, how can those documents be associated with music?

Inside that My Documents folder, do you have other folders called My Music, and My Pictures, etc? If so, what happens when you open them?

Does anyone else have access to your computer? I just wonder if someone has put all of your documents from the My Documents folder into the My Music folder.


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All about my My Documents folder
by PSOmasterX77 / July 11, 2005 10:45 AM PDT
In reply to: I'm not sure I follow

1. Yeah, that's it
2. Right click>Arrange Icons By...> Track Number, duration, year, artist, album, etc.. shows up instead of the standard Type, modified, name, etc...
3. These are the icons in the my documents folder, you know, all the files I have in there. A large mass of these used to be MP3s, but I moved them to the My Music folder.
4.Yeah, I have those, and I get Music Tasks on the left with My Music, Picture Tasks with My Pictures, and Video Tasks with My Videos. Just how they're supposed to work.
5.It's my computer, nobody else touches it, and the folders are in the right spots.
Thanks for your time,
Mark (hah that's my name too :-P )

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Same Problem Here
by stewlis / May 13, 2008 11:35 PM PDT

I have this same exact problem. I hope someone has a solution!

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Re: Same Problem Here
by Tufenuf / May 14, 2008 2:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Same Problem Here

stewlis, Go to the link below and under the letter "F" scroll down to "Folder Backgrounds - Customizing" then scroll a little further to "Added Note:" and you'll find the solution for the "My Documents" wrong Task Pane template.


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Still not working
by stewlis / May 14, 2008 9:42 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: Same Problem Here

Thank you, but the desktop.ini file seems to be correct. For example, for My Pictures, the folder displays music tasks and the music note icon in the background, but the ini file reads:

PersonalizedName=My Pictures

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Re: Still not working
by Tufenuf / May 14, 2008 11:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Still not working

stewlis, You could download Tweak UI at the link below. After you install it you'll find it in Start>Programs>Powertoys for Windows XP>Tweak UI. Open it and under Repair choose Repair My Music icon, Repair My Videos icon, Repair My Pictures icon, Click the Repair Now button. You would have to do this one at a time then click Apply/OK. and restart your computer. It may work.


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Still No Luck
by stewlis / May 14, 2008 2:49 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: Still not working

Thank you so much for the help, but I am still not having any luck...any more suggestions to try?

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Strange. Have You Tried a SFC (System File Checker)...
by tobeach / May 14, 2008 4:31 PM PDT

which seems to restore many things back to their "default" associations & settings? Is this recent, might sys restore do it? Very low tech compared with the excellent ideas from other posts (tufenuf amazes me many times) but just now & then, simplest works..Good Luck! Grin

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Finally Resolved
by stewlis / May 14, 2008 11:23 PM PDT

SFC didn't work for me, it just resulted in errors that asked me to insert Windows Professional Disk 2 and my system has preinstalled windows so I don't have disks, so I skipped that.

I've had this same problem before, but it was always resolved by the method described in KB 555077 (

1. Click Start, click Run, and then type the following command:

rundll32 mydocs.dll,PerUserInit

2. Click OK.

This method did not work for me this time.

However, I did find this, and it did work (Yay!)

Start Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
Backup these regkeys: (as a precaution only; if satisfied with the results, you may delete the backups)


Delete the above keys.
Restart windows to take effect.

All is well now! Thank you all for your excellent suggestions and fast replies. This was a tough one!

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(NT) stewlis, Good Job & Thanks for posting the solution.
by Tufenuf / May 15, 2008 1:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Finally Resolved
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