File Explorer address bar turned black

  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10

    File Explorer address bar turned black

    Hi there, to elaborate on the thread title: after updating to build 1709/Fall Creators update, File Explorer's address bar has spontaneously turned black and for the life of me, I can't revert it to white like it was before.

    My Google-fu is coming up empty here, as variations of the search string "windows 10 file explorer address bar black" haven't really dredged up anything useful.
    Any ideas short of doing a complete OS reinstall?
    Attached is a screenshot of File Explorer as it currently is.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails File Explorer address bar turned black-black_bar.png  
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  2. Posts : 36,326
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    You can find traces of that sort of appearance e.g. here:
    Windows 8 on the desktop—an awkward hybrid | Ars Technica
    - see image following text "A few issues are, I hope, simply due to the beta quality"
    - though how that relates to what you are seeing I've no idea.

    What did you upgrade from?

    Can you confirm you've not used any 3rd party program to modify file explorer's appearance such as OldNew explorer or Qttabbar?
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  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Good call - it was in fact Old New Explorer causing the issue. I'd updated from a prior build of Windows 10 to 1703, though I honestly don't remember what build I was on prior to the update.
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  4. Posts : 36,326
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Good news. Nothing wrong with using such programs - so long as they behave as you want...
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