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Muhammed Cetin
Muhammed Cetin

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How to Remove the White Line Below the Address Bar in File Explorer in Windows 11, 10, and 8?

This guide will show you how to remove the weird white line below the address bar in Windows File Explorer in Windows 11, 10, and 8.

I have shown the steps on Windows 11; however, you can ensure that all the steps will also work on Windows 10 and Windows 8.

Although the white line exists in both light mode and dark mode in Windows 11, it usually disturbs the dark mode users because of the contrast. However, because we'll be able to remove it in 8 simple steps, you don't need to worry about it anymore.

The weird white line in File Explorer in Windows

Let's start.

Removing The White Line in File Explorer

  1. Open File Explorer.

  2. Hit the F11 key on your keyboard. This makes File Explorer full-screen.
    File Explorer in full-screen

  3. Hit the Alt key on your keyboard. This makes visible the File Explorer menu.

  4. Right-click on the File Explorer menu made visible in the previous step. Then, click on the Lock the toolbars option.
    Lock the toolbars in Windows File Explorer

  5. Right-click on the File Explorer menu again to ensure that the Lock the toolbars option has been checked.

  6. Hit Alt again to hide the menu.

  7. Hit F11 again to exit from full-screen mode.

  8. It's done. You won't see the weird white line anymore.
    The white line has been removed successfuly


If you have followed the instructions above carefully, you probably have been able to get rid of the white line successfully. Still, if you have a problem, you can ask for help by using the discussion form below.

Before finishing, I'll thank @albertocordoba for his question that makes me aware of this issue.

Also, I want you to know that I'm sorry for answering your question late. I was trying to get rid of my health problems for a long time. That's why I couldn't deal with the questions. Fortunately everything is fine now and I'm here for all your questions. 😊✌️

If you have any problems with Windows (11, 10 or 8) like him, you can ask for help by creating a post for your questions by using the Create a Post button on this page. I'll answer your questions as soon as possible.

Top comments (7)

c2 profile image

I was having this issue too. For me, I had to fix it by editing the registry to change the "internet explorer settings" as follows:

1) In registry editor: Navigate to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar Make sure "Locked" is set to 1
2) then reopen the File Manger

NOTE : if dat didn't worked for you then try setting it to 0 and then hit ok and again set it to 1 then try reopening file manger
It's kind of silly how there are still Internet Explorer settings that affect things in Windows 11 but no proper way of accessing and changing Internet Explorer lmao

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Muhammed Cetin

Thanks for your contribution 🙏

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Shawn Jannasch

Admittedly, I was in a rush to try your fix before leaving to pick up my daughter from school but it didn't work. However, I'll give it another try once we get home. This white line only recently appeared. Any idea why? It's beyond frustrating!!!!!

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Muhammed Cetin

It is related to the Windows toolbars. Let me know with a screenshot if the problem will persist after re-trying this guide carefully.

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Paul Ray

This doesn't work at all for Windows 10.

The actual solution (at least I tested this on Windows 10, so not sure for Windows 11) is to open internet explorer, right click on the taskbar and select "lock toolbars".
If internet explorer is not available or doesn't open you may have to re-add it as a feature.

Then close file explorer (if it's still open), and re-open it. The white line should be gone.

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Cameron Johnson

why do I feel like it took more effort to write this article than it did to just make the OS work

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Hola no me funciona :c

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