In Windows 8, Microsoft introduced the Ribbon in Windows Explorer so that the numerous Explorer commands can be more prominently displayed when you need them. Windows 10 inherited the Ribbon feature of the File Explorer. There are plenty of users who do not like the Ribbon and prefer to use the classic toolbar of Windows 7 Explorer. While it is possible to get the command bar and menu bar back in Windows 10 using unofficial methods, there is no supported option for that in File Explorer settings. In this article, we will see how to disable the Ribbon in Windows 10 and get back the old menu bar.
My freeware, Ribbon Disabler, allows you to enable and disable the Ribbon UI in File Explorer with just one click. This is the best way to get rid of the Ribbon in Windows 10. Here you go:
- Download Ribbon Disabler: Click here to download.
- Extract the ZIP archive. There you will find two versions of the app. If you are running Windows 10 64bit, then use the app from the x64 folder, otherwise use the app from the x86 folder. If you don't know which edition of Windows you are using (x86 or x64), right click "This PC" and click Properties so it will show you if your Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit.
- Run "Ribbon Disabler2.exe" and click the "Disable Ribbon Explorer" button. Confirm the UAC prompt.
When it asks you for a log off, click "yes".
- Sign in back to Windows and voila - the Ribbon will be gone: