Personalization Enable or Disable File Explorer Command Bar in Windows 11

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Windows 11 replaced the Ribbon in File Explorer with a new modern command bar.

If you prefer the Ribbon, you can disable the command bar to enable the Ribbon again in File Explorer.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the command bar in File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable File Explorer Command Bar using REG file
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable File Explorer Command Bar using Command


EXAMPLE: File Explorer Command Bar enabled and disabled

File_Explorer_command_bar.png
File_Explorer_ribbon.png






OPTION ONE

Enable or Disable File Explorer Command Bar using REG file


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


2 To Enable File Explorer Command Bar

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_File_Explorer_command_bar.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{d93ed569-3b3e-4bff-8355-3c44f6a52bb5}]

3 To Disable File Explorer Command Bar

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_File_Explorer_command_bar.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{d93ed569-3b3e-4bff-8355-3c44f6a52bb5}\InprocServer32]
@=""

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.





OPTION TWO

Enable or Disable File Explorer Command Bar using Command


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Copy and paste the command below you want into Windows Terminal, and press Enter.

(Disable)​
reg add "HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{d93ed569-3b3e-4bff-8355-3c44f6a52bb5}\InprocServer32" /f /ve

OR​

(Enable - default)​
reg delete "HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{d93ed569-3b3e-4bff-8355-3c44f6a52bb5}" /f

3 Close Windows Terminal.

4 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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It seems to me that the option should be there already in preferences. It is not as though the symbols are some global standard, or maybe they are!?
 

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Thanks for this quick-and-easy. I didn't hate the new command bar, I just found it puny and anemic. The rich ribbon is so much more useful.
 

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How ironic. Wasn't all that long ago people hated the 'new Ribbon' in File Explorer. :zany:
 

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Ya but I hate that command bar, going from 10 to 11 takes some adjusting, and now I have the normal looking 10 drop down menu window when I right click on folders and things, the other way I had to click 4x before the window stayed open.

To delete or copy and paste is a PITA with the other window, I gotta make it how I want it to enjoy it (y)
 

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Ya but I hate that command bar, going from 10 to 11 takes some adjusting, and now I have the normal looking 10 drop down menu window when I right click on folders and things, the other way I had to click 4x before the window stayed open.

To delete or copy and paste is a PITA with the other window, I gotta make it how I want it to enjoy it (y)
I'm not sure what you mean about the new context menu as copy, delete, cut, paste, rename and share are all icons. Still if you're happy that's what counts. :)
 

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Ya I don`t like the icons, I just like the words. Plus it wouldn`t stay open, now it`s perfect (y)

OK something`s wrong it went back to the way it was :mad:
 

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Hi,
I'm not minding the new display to much seems okay once you see where the stuff is now
Might leave it a little while

Not sure why they keep putting the details pane on the side though that is dumb, bottom is best place for it ms :doh:
 

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Old New Explorer (Download OldNewExplorer - MajorGeeks) takes neat care of this. Doesn't really have to be installed; works perfectly in 11. Just read the readme file, and if the only thing you click is "Details pane at bottom" it will change only that feature when you close the app (don't click Uninstall, or you'll undo the change).

Just double-click the .cfg file and you're good to go.

Deatils pane.jpg
 

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Hi,
Can you do that @Brink ?
Just the details pane bit
I hate you can't have preview and details pane activated at the same time.
 

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Hi,
Can you do that @Brink ?
Just the details pane bit
I hate you can't have preview and details pane activated at the same time.
I'm not aware of a way to have both panes at the same time. It was the same in W10. :(
 

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    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 980 PRO M.2,
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Motorola MB8611 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1
    CPU
    i7-1065G7 3.9 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR4-3200
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3" 4K UWVA AMOLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium

Wisewiz

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Until/unless Shawn Brink gets time to do this, Old New Explorer does what you want. Once you set Details to bottom, Preview opens while Details is open.

Deta & Prevew.jpg
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    11 Pro 21H2 (22000.318)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80MHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    16GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2 x Samsung 870 EVO SSD
    Case
    Lenovo SFF
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Wired 600
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for satellite!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
  • Operating System
    11 Pro 21H2 (22000.318)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M910S SFF
    CPU
    i7-7700 @ 3.60MHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    16GB DDR4 @ 2400MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    2 x Samsung 870 EVO SSD
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Microsoft 600 wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for satellite!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender

ThrashZone

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I'm not aware of a way to have both panes at the same time. It was the same in W10. :(
I hate it doing that crap it's senseless
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Linux-Mint-Cinnamon-20.2 Win-7-10-11Pro's
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    asus x3/ one old acer
    CPU
    10900k & 9940x & 5930k & q9550
    Motherboard
    z490-Apex & x299-Apex & x99-Sabertooth & Acer WG43M
    Memory
    2x8gb & 4x8gb 3600c16 & 4x8gb 3200c14 & 4x2gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Titan Xp & 1080ti FTW3 & evga 980ti
    Sound Card
    Onboard Realtek x3
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1-AOC G2460PG 24"G-Sync 144Hz/ 2nd 1-ASUS VG248QE 24"/ 3rd LG 43" series
    Screen Resolution
    1920-1080 not sure what the t.v is besides 43" class scales from 1920-1080 perfectly
    Hard Drives
    To many to list
    PSU
    1000p2 & 1200p2 & 850p2 & 750p2
    Case
    D450 x2 & Test benches x2
    Cooling
    Custom water loops x3
    Keyboard
    G710+x3
    Mouse
    Redragon x3
    Internet Speed
    xfinity gigabyte
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    mbam pro

Berton

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Wyoming
After applying the 'fix' in Win11 Pro IP Dev for getting the ribbon back then using Task Manager to Restart Windows Explorer [name not changed yet in Windows processes] the ribbon is back.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5
    Memory
    8GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB
  • Operating System
    MS-DOS 6.xx, Windows 3.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba

AddRAM

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Mandalore
Mine has been perfect since I last fixed it :)
Or should I say, changed it.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Skylake Special X299
    CPU
    Intel Core i9 9900X
    Motherboard
    Asus ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II
    Memory
    GSkill Trident Z RGB 32GB 3600 16-16-16-36 (F4-3600C16Q-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Zotac RTX 2080 Ti AMP Extreme
    Sound Card
    Supreme FX
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PG279Q
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440 165Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 980 Pro 500GB, Seagate Barracuda 4TB x2, Western Digital Black 4TB x1
    PSU
    EVGA 1200 P2, EVGA Black Custom Braided Cables
    Case
    Thermaltake View 31 Tempered Glass Limited Edition
    Cooling
    Corsair H115i, Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut
    Keyboard
    Logitech G910 Orion Spark
    Mouse
    Logitech G700s, Asus ROG GX860 Buzzard
    Internet Speed
    Verizon Fios Quantum Gateway 75/75
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, Malwarebytes Free 3.8.3
    Other Info
    Thermaltake Riing Duo 14 x3, Thermaltake Riing Plus 14 x2, Corsair HS70 Pro Wireless Headset
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Skylake Special Z170
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 6700K
    Motherboard
    Asus Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1
    Memory
    GSkill Trident Z RGB 16GB 3600 16-16-16-36 (F4-3600C16D-16GTZR)
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti FE x2, EVGA Pro HB SLI Bridge
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC G2460PG
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 144Hz
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 Pro 512GB, Seagate Barracuda 4TB x2
    PSU
    EVGA 1000 P2, EVGA White Custom Braided Cables
    Case
    Corsair Vengeance C70 Gunmetal Black
    Cooling
    Corsair H100i v2, Corsair ML120 x2, Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut
    Mouse
    Logitech G500s
    Keyboard
    Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum
    Internet Speed
    Verizon Fios Quantum Gateway 75/75
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, Malwarebytes Free 3.8.3
    Other Info
    Corsair SP120 x4, LG Blu-ray Drive, Durabrand HT-395 100 Watt Dolby Digital Amp

gkpapad

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merci!!!
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 11 pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen5 3600
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime X470 PRO
    Memory
    DDR4 2x16=32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    RX 580
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