Personalization Restore Classic File Explorer with Ribbon in Windows 11

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File Explorer in Windows 10 has a ribbon, tabs, and a title bar with color. The ribbon includes common tasks, such as copying and moving, creating new folders, emailing and zipping items, and changing the view. The tabs change to show extra tasks that apply to the selected item.

In Windows 11, Microsoft made File Explorer modern with a clean look and brand-new command bar instead of the ribbon.

If you prefer, you can restore the classic File Explorer with ribbon in Windows 11.

This tutorial will show you how to restore the classic File Explorer with Ribbon for all users in Windows 11.


You must be signed in as an administrator to restore the classic or modern File Explorer.


EXAMPLE: Default modern File Explorer with command bar in Windows 11
File_Explorer_command_bar.png


EXAMPLE: Classic File Explorer with Ribbon like in Windows 10
File_Explorer_ribbon.png



Here's How:

The downloadable .reg files below will modify the string value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked

{e2bf9676-5f8f-435c-97eb-11607a5bedf7} String value (REG_SZ)

<delete> = Default modern File Explorer with command bar
<added> = Classic File Explorer with Ribbon


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


2 To Restore Classic File Explorer with Ribbon

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

Restore_classic_File_Explorer_with_ribbon.reg



3 To Restore Modern File Explorer with 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.

Default_modern_File_Explorer_with_command_bar.reg



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 Sign out and sign in or restart the computer to apply.

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


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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cereberus

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Deities Fangs - how can anybody think the new abomination of file explorer is an improvement? Another dumbed down interface!

More clicks to do what we could do easily before e.g.

All versions of file explorer since W7

Before to copy a file
Right click copy, right click paste

Now
Right click copy, Right Click More Options, paste

Just one example - I hope they do not disable this like the W10 Start Menu.

The more I use W11, the more dissatisfied I become.

We're doomed!

 

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Now
Right click copy, Right Click More Options, paste
There's no need to go to 'Show more options', the right-click has a 'paste' icon.

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I have to click 4x to get that window to open and stay open, and I do not like the icons across the top, I want the Show more options window to open all the time, just like W10. :)
 

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I'd be happy if files etc were presented in standard date sort sequence or alphabetical -- not that rediculous "recently used" piece of b/s.

I've even deleted a file accidentally because the file in the download was not actually in the downloads file on the Windows machine but one on a NAS server !!!! -- OK user error - but whoever thought up that silly way of displaying files and then made it the default.

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I just changed mine to List and group by None, and of course sort by Ascending.
 

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Hi,
Weird one
I use details view primarily and it shows a dot on it on the menu
Page goes to icons for music or something and I check the menu again and details still has a dot on it but the view is obviously still on icons lol
 

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That is all very well, but why can't an option be built into the system.

It is said that one picture is worth a thousand words but that does not apply when the pictures are tiny and arbritrary and take much longer to recognize than a single word.
 

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You mean people use the mouse to copy and paste? I find keyboard shortcuts to be so much more efficient. But, that is annoying to have to go through extra steps to get something to copy and paste.
 

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However it keeps changing back again after re-boots !!

Cheers
jimbo

Hello Jimbo, :)

You might test using the other method below to see if it may work better for you.

 

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