The addition of the Ribbon to Explorer in Windows 8 wasn’t exactly a popular decision—there were outcries from loads of people about how it would make the whole experience bloated and waste space. Here’s the simple solution.
Hit the Win+R keyboard shortcut to bring up the Run box, and then type gpedit.msc into the dialog and hit Enter. Browse down to the following section:
Computer Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> Windows Components –> Windows Explorer
Once you’re there, find the option on the right-hand pane for “Start Windows Explorer with Ribbon minimized” and double-click it.
Set the radio button to Enabled, click OK, and close it.
Now whenever you open up a new Explorer window, the Ribbon will be minimized by default.
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- Published 09/14/11