4 Ways To Remove Ribbon Explorer In Windows 8 & Revert To Old Windows Explorer

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on March 27, 2012


Windows 8 is really a much changed OS in terms of User Interface as compared to the older versions of windows, we have been using windows 8 as our primary OS for doing everything on PC it seems and feels much faster, easier to use and with the new smart metro UI and apps lot more things are much simple because of the sleek interface of the windows 8 start screen metro UI apps.

Remove Ribbon Explorer In Windows 8 & Revert To Old Windows Explorer

We have previously talked about ways to disable or hide ribbon explorer in windows 8, you can read our guide here and today we will tell you about more ways to remove ribbon bar in windows 8 explorer and revert to old windows explorer just like you see in windows 7 or vista. There are 3 ways to do this.

Hide The Windows 8 Ribbon Explorer

The most simplest and the easiest way to get rid of ribbon explorer in windows 8 is to simply hide it, you can also press Ctrl+f!  as shown in the image below.

minimize ribbon explorer windows 8

But as you the ribbon bar in windows explorer will show up next time you login or restart windows 8, as you cant to force windows 8 to hide ribbon bar by default for a permanent solution to hide or don’t show ribbon bar see the last method.

Remove Ribbon Explorer In Windows 8 Using Ribbon Disabler [For 64 Bit]

We have already tested this tool named Ribbon Disabler, it works both on windows developer preview and windows 8 consumer preview, It allows you to disable Ribbon in Windows 8 CP’s Explorer and preserve Paint and Wordpad. It is portable application and has option to restore ribbon and no system files what will be modified by this tool.


ribbon explorer disable windows 8

Please Note – Ribbon Disabler supports only x64 system. The developer is currently working on x86 version of this tool for windows 8 x86 or 32 bit.

Disable Ribbon Explorer In Windows 8 With Metro UI Controller

Metro UI Controller you to disable Metro UI in Windows 8 without manual registry hacks but it allows you to disable all the metro UI features in windows 8 like Ribbon Explorer, Lock screen and Start Screen or in second mode disable all the features but keep ribbon explorer as shown in the image below.

windows 8 metro UI controller

Permanently Disable Ribbon Explorer In Windows 8

You can disable the ribbon explorer permanently using group policy settings which allow you to disable Explorer Ribbon and start Explorer with the ribbon minimized. Follow the procedure below.

1. Open the Run dialog in Windows 8 (you can open run dialog by pressing the Windows Key + R)

2. Type gpedit.msc and press enter [ This will open the Windows group policy editor ]

3. Expand "Computer Configuration"

4. Expand "Administrative Templates"

5. Expand "Windows Components"

6. Click "Windows Explorer"

Find "Start Windows Explorer with Ribbon minimized" as shown in the image below.

make ribbon explorer minimzed in windows 8

Double click on it to open the settings and choose "Enabled". This will make sure Windows Explorer is always opened with the Ribbon minimized when windows 8 starts.

If you like this article or this article helped you, you can +1 to recommend this article on google plus.

You can follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook Fan Page. If you have a question to ask us, submit your question at Answers By Trouble Fixers.

Looking for something else? Search here :

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

Alibia November 13, 2012 at 2:56 am

Thank you for this article. Just got my new laptop and I detest the ribbon. This will make my life so much easier.

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post:

© TroubleFixers – All about fixing computer troubles2007-2016 . All Rights Reserved.