How to disable or enable Windows Explorer Ribbon in Windows 8 [Beginners]

Ribbon Windows 8 Sample

In this article you’ll learn 3 easy ways to disable or enable Windows Explorer Ribbon in Windows 8.

I am pretty sure that many of you have already installed Windows 8 Developer Preview to play, test and see what is new. One of the hundreds new features in Windows 8 is the Office Ribbon style throughout the operating system, which allows options and features that most of them were only used and known by advanced users to be found more easily, bringing them to the center stage.

Well, now if you know your way around Windows, the Ribbon may not be necessary and you could be saving some real estate in your screen. Windows 8 makes easy to modify its features, one of them is the ability to hide the new Ribbon; this can be easily done by either:

  • Using Ctrl+F1 keyboard shortcut
  • Clicking the Minimize the Ribbon option in the Customize Quick Access Toolbar menu

Minimize the Ribbon - Windows 8

  • Clicking the up arrow in the top-right corner of Windows Explorer

Minimize the Ribbon - Button Windows 8

Here is something extra, from the Customize Quick Access Toolbar menu you can also switch the position to where the new Ribbon is display by clicking Show below the Ribbon or Show above the Ribbon.

Show below the Ribbon - Windows 8

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.