One of the new features in Windows 10/8 is it’s 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 > Windows/File Explorer
Look for “Start Windows/File Explorer with ribbon minimized”.
In Windows 10 it is called File Explorer and in Windows 8.1, it is refered to as Windows Explorer.
This policy setting allows you to specify whether the ribbon appears minimized or in full when new 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.
The next step you should do is right click on it and click on Edit:
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 for Windows 8 will also let you do so easily.