Bring Back Windows 7 Explorer Toolbar In Windows 8 With Ribbon Disabler

The latest installment of Windows from Microsoft comes with a lot of new features. The user opinion is divided, with some welcoming the new direction Windows is heading towards, while others complaining about deviating this much from what they have been using. To learn about the changes in the OS, check out our detailed review of all the new features introduced in Windows 8. Ever since the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 came out, people started getting an idea of the magnitude of changes they will have to face, such as the replacement of Start Menu with the Start Screen, and Explorer toolbar with the Ribbon UI. Developers are still coming up with tools that let users get back the feel of the previous versions by reintroducing the Windows 7 UI elements that are no longer present in Windows 8. Previously, we have covered several tools that bring back the Start Menu, and today we have a tool called Ribbon Disabler that disables the Ribbon UI and brings back the old Explorer toolbar.

Even though, the Ribbon UI contains a lot more options than the Explorer toolbar, the simplicity of the latter makes it a preferred choice for some users. When using the Ribbon UI, all file and folder-related options are divided into different tabs. Selecting a file, folder, drive or any other element brings up its relevant options in the top bar. However, the sheer amount of available options can sometimes prove to be confusing.

Ribbon UI

That’s where Ribbon Disabler comes in by allowing you to disable the Ribbon UI and replace it with the Explorer toolbar, all in just a single click. To do this, simply launch the tool. click the Disable Ribbon Explorer button, log off and log back on.


Ribbon Disabler

When you log back in, you will see the Ribbon UI replaced by the Explorer toolbar, complete with all the options found in the default Explorer toolbar from Windows 7.

Explorer Toolbar Windows 8

In order to get the Ribbon UI back, just run the tool again, click the Enable Ribbon Explorer button, log off, and log in again. Ribbon Disabler is available, and works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8.

Download Ribbon Disabler

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  • Hasseno

    why don’t you just simply double click on the tab to hide the ribbon?
    no need for fancy app to do that.

    • http://hqraja.com/ Haroon Q. Raja

      That hides the ribbon but doesn’t exactly replicate the old explorer toolbar. This one is for those who specifically want the old explorer toolbar back.