Classic File Explorer With Ribbon


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I don't like the look of what Windows 11 did to the File Explorer so I found a site that tells you how to revert to and use the Classic File Explorer.That site is: Classic File Explorer. I downloaded and ran the registry file and it did not give me the Classic File Explorer. Here is the text of the reg file:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked]
"{e2bf9676-5f8f-435c-97eb-11607a5bedf7}"=""

I have no idea what the bolded "="" are because in checking the registry the only thing you see in that key is {e2bf9676-5f8f-435c-97eb-11607a5bedf7} The Key named BLOCKED is there with the String Value as it should be but, again, the Classic File Explorer will not open.

The way I read the instructions at the linked site is, Blocked key is supposed to be a new key. My Registry already had a key name Blocked and it is used by my Canon printer. Even though running that reg file changed it to what the reg file was supposed to be for file explorer in didn't work.

My thoughts are because the key already existed this hack will not work for me. If I'm wrong, any ideas why then does it not work? If I am correct, does anyone have any idea how I can get the Classic File Explorer back on my Win 11 machine? Thanks
 

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I have a batch script that you can use to restore classic File Explorer with Ribbon in Windows 11, but i'm not sure this method works for the latest build of Windows 11.
 

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Hello HDL, :-)

Unfortunately, all current methods of restoring the ribbon to File Explorer no longer work in Windows 11 version 22H2.

If you like, you can still use the method in option one below to temporarily open File Explorer with the ribbon.

 

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I have a batch script that you can use to restore classic File Explorer with Ribbon in Windows 11, but i'm not sure this method works for the latest build of Windows 11.
Thank you. I'll look at it.
 

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Unfortunately, all current methods of restoring the ribbon to File Explorer no longer work in Windows 11 version 22H2.

If you like, you can still use the method in option one below to temporarily open File Explorer with the ribbon.
I think I'll pass on using the temporary fix. I hope they come out with a permanent fix for version 22H2. I appreciate you letting me know about this because I didn't find that in all my searches. I'll keep checking for new information on a weekly basis for a fix. Thank you.
 

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You're most welcome. Fingers crossed.
 

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I hope it's OK to ask this question here, instead of starting a new thread, because it is what started me looking into reverting File Explorer to the Classic File Explorer. Some very recent MS update caused my File Explorer's Title Bar to change colors. I have always had its Title Bar a darker blue. This change made it a light green which I don't like because it is too close in color to my desktop's screen color. Anyway, I have searched and cannot find a way to change its Title Bar back to the blue I want it to be. I have looked all over the Personalize settings and found nothing. I don't want to change from the Light scheme, I just want to change the Title Bar's color. Is there a way to do that?
 

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I hope it's OK to ask this question here, instead of starting a new thread, because it is what started me looking into reverting File Explorer to the Classic File Explorer. Some very recent MS update caused my File Explorer's Title Bar to change colors. I have always had its Title Bar a darker blue. This change made it a light green which I don't like because it is too close in color to my desktop's screen color. Anyway, I have searched and cannot find a way to change its Title Bar back to the blue I want it to be. I have looked all over the Personalize settings and found nothing. I don't want to change from the Light scheme, I just want to change the Title Bar's color. Is there a way to do that?

Sure, you can. The tutorial below can help show you how to turn on to show the accent color on title bars.

 

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Thank you very much for that tutorial. Actually I had tried most everything in it yesterday except the reg file. I managed to make the Title Bar on applications like Word and Outlook change but not on the "new" File Explorer.
 

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... I managed to make the Title Bar on applications like Word and Outlook change...
How'd you do that!?
 

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Although a cosmetic change, I need to get used to the new File Explorer layout. There is OneDrive first with all my cloud files showing, then a line, below that are my local files all with a pin icon, then another line, the 'This PC' tab is just above Network. When I click on it it opens Windows (c:) folder where I can click to locate more folders. Before the update all my local folders were under 'This PC' including the Windows folder. Now it's separated. I rolled back the update to be sure it was the update that caused the changes or something I did. Now that I have confirmed it is part of the latest update I will install it.
 
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local folders were under 'This PC' including the Windows folder. Now it's separated.
 

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I just viewed a video explaining the new File Explorer UI. Now it makes sense. The pinned files can open as individual tabs. Seems like the pinned files are just like the Quick access which I no longer see in the new layout. I will reinstall it and learn how to use it. It just looks strange with 'This PC' only including the Windows folder with sub folders under it.
Thanks for the post about adding the folders under 'This PC' . I will see how I like the new layout before making any changes.
 
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How'd you do that!?
In the tutorial above, if you scroll down you will see what I am attaching in a screenshot. That changed it for me but, again, not where I wanted the change to take place.
 

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Although a cosmetic change, I need to get used to the new File Explorer layout. There is OneDrive first with all my cloud files showing, then a line, below that are my local files all with a pin icon, then another line, the 'This PC' tab is just above Network. When I click on it it opens Windows (c:) folder where I can click to locate more folders. Before the update all my local folders were under 'This PC' including the Windows folder. Now it's separated. I rolled back the update to be sure it was the update that caused the changes or something I did. Now that I have confirmed it is part of the latest update I will install it.
I must have lucked out or I am not understanding what this is about, but my File Explorer opens with all the folders I ever had in it. Please see attachment. Maybe it is because I have always used this shortcut to open File Explorer, C:\Windows\explorer.exe /e."HDL"New.jpg
 

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For the advanced users, here's a solution using the 21H2 ExplorerFrame.dll or hard linking it to the WinSxS backup copy of Explorer.
Sorry it's not really something for non-technical users.
I don't think I am a non-technical user but I do know there are many things I find hard to understand. However, I have believe I can run the command prompt and edit the registry without a problem. I do have one question though, will this solution work on Windows 11 version 22H2?
 

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    Windows 11 Pro ver. 22H2
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    PC/Desktop
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    ACPI x64-based PC
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    12th Grn. Intel i7-12700K 3600 Mhz 12 Cores
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK - Prime Z690-P WIFI
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    64 GB DDR5
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    ViewSonic
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    19" high desktop
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    Logitech
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    Logitech
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    500 Mg
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    FF
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... will this solution work on Windows 11 version 22H2?
I'm sure it will, done properly!
In my case, StartAllBack takes care of it for me...

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    Windows 10/11
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    ASUS ROG Strix
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
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    Laptop
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    ASUS VivoBook

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