With Windows 8, Microsoft has introduced the office-style Ribbon for Windows Explorer. By default, the Ribbon is not visible in Windows Explorer. The Ribbon can be expanded by clicking on the small down-arrow button located at the upper right corner of the explorer.
The Ribbon in the Explorer makes it easier for you quickly access file and folder options. All options that were present on the Windows 7 toolbar are also available in the Ribbon. For example, you can easily show/hide hidden files, filename extensions. But if you are not happy with the new Ribbon Explorer and want to enable the good old toolbar, we have an excellent utility to share with you.
Ribbon Disabler is a handy utility for Windows 8 to easily disable the Explorer Ribbon in a jiffy. This tool lets you disable Explorer Ribbon and enable the good old toolbar.
Using Ribbon Disabler is relatively simple. Download the Ribbon Disabler from here. Run the utility with admin rights (right-click on the executable and click Run as administrator), select Disable Explorer Ribbon, and then click Run button to disable the Ribbon. Once done, log off and log on to see the old-style toolbar. The tool also lets you revert to the original settings with a click.
Ribbon Disabler is a portable utility and currently supports only the x64 version of Windows 8.
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