How to disable Ribbon in Windows 10 Explorer

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.

Update: Always use the latest version of the application. Since version 3.0 the application will warn you if you upgrade a previous Windows version. It is not necessary to restore the Ribbon using older system files. Instead, you must disable the Ribbon again and will be prompted to do so. rd_build_upgrade_warning This resolves the "black screen" issue for users who performed the upgrade from earlier Windows releases.

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:

  1. Download Ribbon Disabler: Click here to download.
  2. 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.
  3. Run "Ribbon Disabler2.exe" and click the "Disable Ribbon Explorer" button. Confirm the UAC prompt.
    disable ribbon Windows 10
    When it asks you for a log off, click "yes".
  4. Sign in back to Windows and voila - the Ribbon will be gone:
    Windows 10 explorer without ribbon

You are done. To restore the Ribbon back, run Ribbon Disabler once again and click Enable Ribbon Explorer.
enable ribbon explorer
Log off when prompted and sign in back. The Ribbon will be enabled.

39 thoughts on “How to disable Ribbon in Windows 10 Explorer

  1. James Randall

    I’ve figured out that MOST of ur Windows 8.x hacks work in the Windows Tech Preview

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    1. anon

      It’s a pre-alpha so the OS has barely changed. Don’t be surprised if they stop working later on, it’s only normal. And it’s not like the hacks won’t be updated anyway.

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      1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

        Well, right now it works :)

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  2. James Randall

    As of Windows Tech Preview Build 9879 this no longer works, it crashes your explorer & the ONLY fix is run Cmd (admin) “SFC /SCANNOW”

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thanks, I will look if it is possible to update the app.

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      1. Harry

        I had this running in 9879. But I think 10041 has broken it again.
        I’m running win 10 in a virtualbox — but that’s the way I was running it in 9879 too.

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  3. luke

    where does it backup to and how can I manually fix this as it only shows a black screen and won’t even open task manager or allow safe mode, I do have windows 7 also installed and would like to know how to fix this mess, cool idea though, just needs some more work here and there

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    1. Celso

      Yeah same problem here :/ I can run the task manager though. How can I revert back?

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  4. johnnyzero

    Any chance that Ribbon Disabler is going to be updated to work with Windows 10?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I will look what I can do

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  5. johnnyzero

    Thanks, Sergey.

    I’ve been holding off on using Windows 10 until someone comes up with a way to disable the dreadful Ribbon.

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  6. Nando

    Is not like the picture, how to take this bar?

    http://imgur.com/e1Amv9L

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    1. Nando

      Remove this bar* Damn Translator…

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  7. Svetlana

    Скажите, Сергей, а что делать, если при использование дизейблера ленточное меню исчезло, но старое меню а ля вин 7 – не появилось?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      А если нажать на клавиатуре Alt?

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      1. Svetlana

        Появляется стандартное меню папки “Файл-Правка-Вид-Сервис-Справка”, но это ж не оно=(

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        1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

          Я так понимаю, пропала сама панелька где есть кнопка “Новая папка”, “удалить” и т.п.
          Она пропала?

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          1. Svetlana

            Не совсем. Взамен ленточного меню должно было появится меню а-ля Вин7, как на втором скриншоте в вашем посте, там где Organize, system properties, выбор отображения. Но его нет, просто окно без ничего, вот скриншот: http://imhocloud.com/image/7snh

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          2. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

            У вас стоит какой-то пакет оформления.
            Вот он эту панельку и придавил поди. 99% что он.
            Попробуйте вернуть на время стандартный вид системы.

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  8. Svetlana

    Вы были совершенно правы. После смены темы оформления на стандартную, панель появилась. Проверила, половина установленных у меня тем поддерживает эту панель, половина нет… Странно, в вин8 такого эффекта я не наблюдала, а может, с темами везло. Ну, хорошо, что все работает. Спасибо за оперативные ответы и полезную утилиту=)

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Всегда пожалуйста.

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  9. Inferno

    I am unable to enable the ribbon.. please help…

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Please share more details. Thanks.

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  10. Jerry

    I disabled the ribbon but now i cant enable it again. What can i do??

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Click enable ribbon. That’s it.

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      1. Jerry

        that does not workive tried it. it gives me the option but wont do it.

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      2. Jerry

        now i uninstalled “Old new explorer” and was able to enable the the ribbon again. THANKX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

    I need to check this behavior first.

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  12. R

    Hi, I have a problem, I can’t restore the ribbon, the first time was fine but now it always gives me the build upgrade detected message, like if I never disable it before, using it again gives me the option to restore it and log off, but it doesn’t work…
    How can I restore the ribbon?, I’m using 8.1

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Hi, Thank you for this report,
      Successfully reproduced. Will fix it right now.

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      1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

        Fixed, please download the updated version 3.0.0.1

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  13. Brian gaff

    Two things, I cannot find a link to version 3 on your site. I am blind but I can only find a link to version 2
    Also do you know any way that the anniversary update can be stopped from removing Outlook Express hacked version when it installs it as its reallyy annoying to have to put it back on every time!

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      version 3 is here.
      I have no other versions for download.
      While the file name has v2 in its name, the app version is 3.0.0.1 as of this writing.

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  14. Get Rid of Ribbon in Windows 10

    The easiest way to get rid of the ribbon without installing another program is just to hit CTRL+F1 while you are in Explorer

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  15. sne

    Is there any way to COMPLETELY disable the ribbon. NOT just minimize it (what ctrl+f1 does), but completely get rid of the whole bar that shows “file, home, share, view, manage”?

    I also do NOT want to get the old command bar back, but rather completely get rid of that.

    Thank you.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I know the trick with Ribbon Disabler only, but it will bring you the old command bar back

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      1. Nguyễn Đức Long

        rrr

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  16. andreas moschos

    THANKX” o enable the the ribbon again. THANKX

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  17. Steve

    What are the command line options for running silently in a script? Thanks.

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