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    Hide or Show File Explorer Ribbon in Windows 10

    How to Hide or Show Ribbon in Windows 10 File Explorer
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    10 Apr 2018
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    How to Hide or Show Ribbon in Windows 10 File Explorer


    You can use the ribbon in File Explorer for common tasks, such as copying and moving, creating new folders, emailing and zipping items, and changing the view. The tabs change to show extra tasks that apply to the selected item.

    Users can select to show (expand) the Ribbon so that it is always expanded even after you click a command on the Ribbon, or select to hide (minimize) the Ribbon to show only the tab names on the Ribbon.

    Administrators can specify how the ribbon appears the first time users open File Explorer and whenever they open new File Explorer windows.

    This tutorial will show you different ways to hide or show the Ribbon in File Explorer for your account or all users in Windows 10.

    If you have Tabs in apps for Sets turned on, then the ribbon in File Explorer will always be minimized by default. You can manually open the ribbon, but it will minimize when you close the tab or File Explorer.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: To Hide or Show Ribbon in File Explorer for Your Account using Keyboard Shortcut
    • Option Two: To Hide or Show Ribbon in File Explorer for Your Account from Ribbon Tab Bar
    • Option Three: To Hide or Show Ribbon in File Explorer for Your Account from Ribbon Arrow
    • Option Four: To Hide or Show Ribbon in File Explorer for Your Account from QAT
    • Option Five: To Hide or Show Ribbon in File Explorer for Your Account using REG file
    • Option Six: To Hide or Show Ribbon in File Explorer for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Seven: To Hide or Show Ribbon in File Explorer for All Users using REG file


    EXAMPLE: Ribbon in File Explorer
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    Hide or Show File Explorer Ribbon in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Hide or Show File Explorer Ribbon in Windows 10
    To Hide or Show Ribbon in File Explorer for Your Account using Keyboard Shortcut


    Option Six and Option Seven will override this option.

    1. While in File Explorer, press the CTRL+F1 keys to toggle to expand (show - default) or minimize (hide) the Ribbon.






    Hide or Show File Explorer Ribbon in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Hide or Show File Explorer Ribbon in Windows 10
    To Hide or Show Ribbon in File Explorer for Your Account from Ribbon Tab Bar



    Option Six and Option Seven will override this option.

    1. While in File Explorer, do step 2 (hide) or step 3 (show) for what you would like to do.


     2. To Always Show Ribbon in File Explorer

    This is the default setting.

    A) Right click or press and hold on an empty area of the Ribbon tab bar, and click/tap on Minimize the Ribbon to uncheck it. (see screenshot below)

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     3. To Always Hide Ribbon in File Explorer

    A) Right click or press and hold on an empty area of the Ribbon tab bar, and click/tap on Minimize the Ribbon to check it. (see screenshot below)

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    Hide or Show File Explorer Ribbon in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Hide or Show File Explorer Ribbon in Windows 10
    To Hide or Show Ribbon in File Explorer for Your Account from Ribbon Arrow


    Option Six and Option Seven will override this option.

    1. While in File Explorer, do step 2 (hide) or step 3 (show) for what you would like to do.


     2. To Always Show Ribbon in File Explorer

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the down arrow in the toolbar. (see screenshot below)

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     3. To Always Hide Ribbon in File Explorer

    A) Click/tap on the up arrow in the toolbar. (see screenshot below)

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    Hide or Show File Explorer Ribbon in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Hide or Show File Explorer Ribbon in Windows 10
    To Hide or Show Ribbon in File Explorer for Your Account from QAT


    Option Six and Option Seven will override this option.

    1. While in File Explorer, do step 2 (hide) or step 3 (show) for what you would like to do.


     2. To Always Show Ribbon in File Explorer

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Customize Quick Access Toolbar menu arrow, and click/tap on Minimize the Ribbon to uncheck it. (see screenshot below)

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     3. To Always Hide Ribbon in File Explorer

    A) Click/tap on the Customize Quick Access Toolbar menu arrow, and click/tap on Minimize the Ribbon to check it. (see screenshot below)

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    Hide or Show File Explorer Ribbon in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Hide or Show File Explorer Ribbon in Windows 10
    To Hide or Show Ribbon in File Explorer for Your Account using REG file


    Option Six and Option Seven will override this option.

    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Ribbon

    MinimizedStateTabletModeOff DWORD

    0 = Always show (expand)
    1 = Always hide (minimize)


    1. Do step 2 (show) or step 3 (hide) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Always Show Ribbon in File Explorer

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Expand_Ribbon_in_File_Explorer.reg

    download

     3. To Always Hide Ribbon in File Explorer

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Minimize_Ribbon_in_File_Explorer.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. If File Explorer is currently open, close and open it to apply.

    8. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






    Hide or Show File Explorer Ribbon in Windows 10 OPTION SIX Hide or Show File Explorer Ribbon in Windows 10
    To Hide or Show Ribbon in File Explorer for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor


    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

    The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions. All editions can use Option Seven below.

    This option will affect all users on the PC, and will override options 1 to 5 above.

    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. Navigate to the location below in the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\File Explorer

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    3. In the right pane of the File Explorer folder, double click/tap on Start File Explorer with Ribbon minimized to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (specify policy) or step 6 (default) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Specify Policy to Show or Hide Ribbon in File Explorer for All Users

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, select the setting you want under Options, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7. (see screenshot below step 6)


     6. To Restore Default Settings to Let Users Hide or Show Ribbon in File Explorer

    A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7. (see screenshot below)

    Not configured is the default setting.

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    7. You can now close Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






    Hide or Show File Explorer Ribbon in Windows 10 OPTION SEVEN Hide or Show File Explorer Ribbon in Windows 10
    To Hide or Show Ribbon in File Explorer for All Users using REG file


    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

    This option does the same thing as Option Six above. It will affect all users on the PC, and will override options 1 to 5 above.

    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

    ExplorerRibbonStartsMinimized DWORD

    0 or delete = Not configured (default)
    1 = Always open new File Explorer windows with the ribbon minimized
    2 = Never open new File Explorer windows with the ribbon minimized
    3 = Minimize the ribbon when File Explorer is opened the first time
    4 = Display the full ribbon when File Explorer is opened the first time


    1. Do step 2 (not configured), step 3 (always hide), step 4 (always show), step 5 (always hide 1st time), or step 6 (always show 1st time) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Specify Not Configured to Allow Users to Hide or Show Ribbon

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

    Allow_Users_to_Start_File_Explorer_with_Ribbon_minimized_or_expanded.reg

    download


     3. To Always open new File Explorer windows with the ribbon minimized

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

    Always_Open_new_File_Explorer_windows_with_Ribbon_minimzed.reg

    download


     4. To Never open new File Explorer windows with the ribbon minimized

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

    Never_Open_new_File_Explorer_windows_with_Ribbon_minimzed.reg

    download


     5. To Minimize the ribbon when File Explorer is opened the first time

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

    Minimize_Ribbon_when_File_Explorer_opened_first_time.reg

    download


     6. To Display the full ribbon when File Explorer is opened the first time

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

    Display_full_Ribbon_when_File_Explorer_opened_first_time.reg

    download

    7. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    8. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    9. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    10. If File Explorer is currently open, close and open it to apply.

    11. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn
  1.    08 Aug 2016 #1

    Thank you. modifying the registry seems to have worked.

    Why does Microsoft make it so difficult to turn off this execrable UI nuisance?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       08 Aug 2016 #2

    You're most welcome pzbrawl. I'm glad it could help in your thread below. :)

    LOSE the infuriating ribbon in win10
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  3.    22 Mar 2017 #3

    Is there a way to get back to the good old file explorer? I hate the ribbon with a very rare passion. It represents everything that is wrong with user testing today. In fact I also hate windows 10 with all its interference and bugs. I want an OS that sits in the background and just does its job and does not spy on me.
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  4.    22 Mar 2017 #4

    thomasdahl said: View Post
    ...Is there a way to get back to the good old file explorer?......
    "Old/New Explorer" Google it.

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  5.    22 Mar 2017 #5

    Thank you.. I will try to find it.

    I managed to at least kill Cortana with a registry hack. Windows 10 is being tamed and brought back to earth (and productivity).
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  6. tracit99's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 17134.285
       10 Apr 2018 #6

    For me Sets has affected the way File Explorer ribbon behaves. I used to have to open it once after an upgrade but now I am having to open it ever time I open File Explorer.
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  7. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 32,329
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
    Thread Starter
       10 Apr 2018 #7

    Same here.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  8. tracit99's Avatar
    Posts : 561
    Windows 10 Pro 17134.285
       10 Apr 2018 #8

    Well that is disappointing. Turning Sets off and restarting does not help either.
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
    Thread Starter
       10 Apr 2018 #9

    Hopefully, MS will get it fixed in the next build. Be sure to send feedback.
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