Unveiling itself in Microsoft Office 2007, the Ribbon Interface has marked its entry in Windows 8 File Explorer, but with mixed reviews. While some may like the quick-access functions provided by this menu, others criticize its “messy” nature. If you belong to the latter and want to manage this cluttered tool better, I’ve got good news! Mindful of your concerns, Microsoft has made the Explorer Ribbon optional in Windows 8, throwing the ball at your court. Want to learn more? Read this article and create a cleaner, neater File Explorer look. First, let’s familiarize ourselves better with this thing we’ve been talking about.
Windows 8: Basic Ribbons
- By default, Ribbon view consists of four tabs, namely File, Home, Share, and View.
- The File menu gives the user additional options of opening up a new window, navigating to command prompt screen, deleting file navigation history, asking for Help, or closing the opened Window.
- The Home ribbon gives the user instant access to various commonly used commands such as copy, paste, move, rename, and numerous other handy options.
- Next in line is the Share ribbon. As the name suggests, this allows for sharing files and folders with multiple users.
- Finally, the View tab lets you customize how you view data. For example, you could opt for thumbnail instead of details view, choose larger tile size in place of smaller, etc.
While it all seems too ‘quit’ at the moment, things get dirty when you start surfing through different files and adding up extra ribbons as you proceed forward. Some of these can hinder your view completely owing to their larger size, making your tasks increasingly unpleasant/slow requiring you to find some tweaks to run Windows 8 (8.1) faster . If you are caught up in a similar situation, customize your Ribbon Interface and enhance your viewing point.
Steps to Clean Up Ribbon Interface
- Firstly, open your File Explorer by clicking the Folder icon from the taskbar menu.
- Next, notice a set of icons displayed either above, or below the Ribbon menu depending upon your enabled settings. This small set of icons is known as the Quick Access Toolbar, or simply QAT. Click the downward arrow shown on this menu, and notice a list of available options. These include incorporating various functions into the toolbar, specifically Undo, Redo, Delete, Properties, New folder, and Rename.
- In addition, see the option Minimize the Ribbon. Go ahead and click this choice. And there you go! You have banished the extra wordings, extra tools, extra functions, and shortened the menu to a more “viewable” state.
Enjoy the cleaner environment and customize your Explorer to the fullest. However, if at any point of time you want to revert to the older settings, don’t fret! You can still bring back the menu simply by deselecting Minimize the Ribbon. Yes, it’s that easy.