How to Disable Windows Explorer with Ribbon on Windows 8

One of the new features on Windows 8 is it’s Windows Explorer ribbon. But not all users will like that feature. I was searching for this option and finally figured out to disable the ribbon n Windows 8 explorer. In this article I’ll share this tip.

You can always use the small arrow in the Windows 8 explorer, to hide, show the ribbon. But we can permanently disable Windows Explorer with Ribbon using Group Policy settings, if you do not like it.

Always start Windows 8 explorer with ribbon minimized

To do so, simply follow these steps:

Step 1:

On Metro screen type in “gpedit.msc”and hit enter and accept the UAC prompt. This will open the Group Policy Editor.

Step 2

Expand User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer


Step 3:

Look for “Start Windows Explorer with Ribbon minimized”.

This policy setting allows you to specify whether the ribbon appears minimized or in full when new Windows Explorer windows are opened. If you enable this policy setting, you can set how the ribbon appears the first time users open Windows Explorer and whenever they open new windows. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, users can choose how the ribbon appears when they open new windows.


Step 4:

So the next step youd be to right click on it and click on Edit:


Step 5:

Select Disabled and click on Apply


If you like to customize that option then click on Enabled and choose from the drop down list under options.


Hope this helps!

Incidentally, our freeware Metro UI Tweaker will also let you do so easily.

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Shyam aka “Captain Jack” is a Microsoft MVP alumnus and a Windows Enthusiast with an interest in Advanced Windows troubleshooting. Suggestions made and opinions expressed by him here are his personal one's and not of his current employers. He blogs at