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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.

Offline install of .NET Framework 3.5 in Windows 10 using DISM

Windows 10 comes with .NET framework 4.5 pre-installed, but many apps developed in Vista and Windows 7 era require the .NET framework v3.5 installed along with 4.5. These apps will not run unless you will install the required version. When you try to run any such app, Windows 10 will prompt you to download and install .NET framework 3.5 from the Internet. However, this will take a lot of time. You can save your time and install .NET Framework 3.5 from the Windows 10 installation media. This method is much faster and does not even require an Internet connection. Here is how to install it.

How to reset the Start menu layout in Windows 10

In Windows 10, the Start menu was added again to make the Desktop more complete again. However, Microsoft did not add the Windows 7 Start Menu, instead the Start menu in Windows 10 has some features of the Start screen. Now it is possible to pin Live tiles of Modern apps and icons to the right side of the Start menu. If you customized the Start menu from the default and wish to reset it to the default layout, here is how you can do that in Windows 10.

How to backup the Start screen layout in Windows 10

In Windows 10 Microsoft added an updated Start menu besides the Start screen. Now you are able to switch between the Start screen and Start menu. You can customize the Start screen by pinning various items and organizing it as you want. After that, it is a good idea to create a backup of your Start screen layout, so you will be able to restore its look later after you reinstall Windows or if for some reason, your Start screen settings are lost. Here is how you can do it.

How to backup the Start Menu layout in Windows 10

In Windows 10 Microsoft has revived the Start menu, which has been welcomed by many users. Compared to the Start menu in previous versions of Windows, the new menu is updated with the ability to pin live tiles of Modern apps. You can customize the Start menu in Windows 10 by pinning various items to the left side or the right side of the menu and changing its height by resizing it from the top edge. Once you have customized it to your liking, it is a good idea to create a backup of your Start menu layout, so you will be able to restore its layout later after a Windows reinstall or if your Start Menu settings accidentally get reset. Here is how you can do it.

Enable balloon notifications in Windows 10 and disable toasts

Windows 10 comes with a new feature - it shows all app and system notifications as toasts. Gone are the balloon notifications which were there since Windows 2000, you will not see a single balloon tooltip notification from software you are using! Instead, you will see a toast notification in Windows 8 style, which, probably, will work along with the new Notification Center in Windows 10. However, if you like balloon notifications and are not happy with toasts, you can restore balloon notifications back in Windows 10.

How to run Modern apps fullscreen in Windows 10

One of the changes in Windows 10 is that all Modern apps run inside a window. This makes them appear similar to classic desktop apps - now they are resizable, have a titlebar, icons on the taskbar and window caption buttons. However, since Modern apps are primarily touch-optimized, some users might prefer to run them full screen always, like they used to run in Windows 8 by default. This is very easy to do.

Enable Notification Center in Windows 10 Technical Preview

One thing I have observed about all pre-release builds of Windows is that almost all builds have secret hidden features which you can enable to test them out. The Technical Preview of Windows 10 also comes with a secret feature called Notification Center. Let's see what it is and how to enable it.

Desktop gadgets and sidebar for Windows 10

Many people including myself still love the desktop gadgets that were introduced in Windows Vista. They were removed completely in Windows 8 which made many people unhappy. Microsoft wants to push live tiles as their replacement and therefore they claim Gadgets as insecure, just like they push Store apps over Desktop apps. If you cannot imagine the Desktop without your favorite gadgets, here is how to get them back again in Windows 10. Just follow this short tutorial.

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