One of the useful features of Windows 10 OS is its Explorer Ribbon. But not all users will like that feature. I was searching for this option and finally figured out to disable the ribbon in Windows File Explorer. In this article, I’ll share this tip.
You can always use the small arrow in the top right corner of Explorer, to hide, show the ribbon – or use CTRL+F1, but if you wish to, you can permanently disable Windows Explorer with Ribbon interface, using Group Policy settings if you do not like it.
Always start Explorer with Ribbon minimized
To do so, simply follow these steps:
Type “gpedit.msc” in Start Search and hit Enter, and accept the UAC prompt. This will open the Group Policy Editor.
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer
Look for “Start File Explorer with ribbon minimized”.
This policy setting allows you to specify whether the ribbon appears minimized or in full when new File Explorer windows are opened. If you enable this policy setting, you can set how the ribbon appears the first time users open File 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.
The next step you should do is double-click on it.
Select Enabled and click on Apply.
Choose from the drop-down list under options.
Click Apply > OK and exit.
Hope this helps!