How to Restore Classic File Explorer with Ribbon in Windows 11

You can restore the Classic File Explorer with Ribbon in Windows 11 if you are not happy with the modern one. As of this writing, it is a matter of one Registry tweak.


Windows 11 comes with a ton of visual updates. Microsoft has made really drastic changes to the user interface of the OS.  Windows 11 comes with a new taskbar which shows apps and the start menu aligned to the screen center. The Start menu is all new as well.

The OS comes with new versions of built-in apps. You will find new colorful icons here and there, new styles of buttons and other controls. The Settings app lost its home page, and now shows its categories directly.

Finally, File Explorer lost is Ribbon UI. Instead of the Ribbon, the app includes a new toolbar with frequently used file actions. It takes less space on the screen and more touch friendly.

If you are not happy with the new look of File Explorer, you’ve come to the right place.

Restore Classic File Explorer With Ribbon In Windows 11

This post will show you how to restore the classic File Explorer look with the Ribbon in Windows 11.

Restore Classic File Explorer with Ribbon in Windows 11

  1. Open the Registry editor. For that, press the Win + R keys and type the regedit command in the Run box.
  2. Navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked.
  3. Click on Edit > New > String value in the menu of the Registry editor.New String Value
  4. Name the newly created value {e2bf9676-5f8f-435c-97eb-11607a5bedf7} and leave its value data empty.Enable Ribbon In Windows 11 File Explorer
  5. Now, open the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked, and create here the same {e2bf9676-5f8f-435c-97eb-11607a5bedf7} string value.Wow6332node Branch
  6. Sign out from your user account, and sign in back. Now you have the classic File Explorer with Ribbon.Restore Classic File Explorer With Ribbon In Windows 11

It is worth mentioning that this method has a disadvantage. If you are reading Winaero daily, you may remember that this very tweak removes the Share command from File Explorer. I don't know how things are related, but disabling the share command disables the new Explorer style and restores the ribbon. But the price you pay is the missing Share command.

If you are not happy with the missing Share command in Explorer, e.g. if you use it, we can finally offer you an alternative solution that preserves the command but disables the Ribbon.

An alternative Registry tweak

  1. Press Win + R and type regedit into the Rub box.
  2. In the Registry editor app, copy and paste the following path into its address bar: HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID.
  3. Right-click the CLSID key (folder) and select New > Key.Create New Key Under The CLSID Folder
  4. Name the new key you created as {d93ed569-3b3e-4bff-8355-3c44f6a52bb5}.Windows 11 Enable Ribbon New Method
  5. Now, right-click the newly made {d93ed569-3b3e-4bff-8355-3c44f6a52bb5} key and again select New > Key.
  6. Rename the new key to InprocServer32.Create InprocServer32 Under {d93ed569 3b3e 4bff 8355 3c44f6a52bb5}
  7. Open the "(Default)" value, i.e. double-click it.Click OK To Change The Default Value To Blank
  8. Don't enter anything into the value data dialog, but simply click OK to set it to the empty text value. It will change from (value not set) to blank.Set Default Value Blank For InprocServer32
  9. Restart File Explorer to apply changes.

For folks who do not go well with the Registry, Winaero Tweaker comes with the appropriate option.

Enable Ribbon in Windows 11 File Explorer with Winaero Tweaker

  1. Download Winaero Tweaker from here and install the app.
  2. In the left pane, select Windows 11 \ Restore ribbon.
  3. Select (check) the option on the right.Tweaker Enable Ribbon In Windows 11
  4. Sign out from your user account when prompted.

Voila, you have restored the Ribbon. Enjoy.

I have no idea for how long this tweak will work. It may stop working right in the next Insider Preview build, so catch the moment. I need to say big thanks to my friend @kb0000001 for his (accidental?) finding.

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2 thoughts on “How to Restore Classic File Explorer with Ribbon in Windows 11

  1. klb


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    Good Job!


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