How to Use the New Windows Explorer Ribbon in Windows 8

Windows 8 is no doubt far better than its elder brother Windows 7 in every aspect. Windows 8 delivers a series of changes including the Windows Explorer too, that features the Ribbon interface. Windows 8 Explorer makes the file management system more easier and convenient. Though not everyone are in favor of ribbon but still the company proclaims that those who are against the ribbon are few while those who are in favor of it are many in numbers.

Goals of the Windows Explorer:

The team in charge of the integral part of Windows has 3 major goals for the new version of Windows Explorer. The goals serves for managing the file in a better and friendly way. The goals are as follows:

1. File management tasks: Organizing the file into a single folder or millions of folder so that it can be later on searched easily.

2. Organizing the commands: Letting the most used commands in the most important parts of UI so that they can be found out easily whenever needed. It provides ability to put the most important commands in the prominent, center and front locations.

3. Richness of the Windows Explorer: Maintaining the heritage and power of Explorer and bringing back the most important features from Windows XP. The flexibility of the ribbon with the icon options, and tabs ensures the heritage of the Explorer.

Having the above three goals in mind ribbon is the best way to go. The ribbon allows its user to create an optimized file manager. Another usefulness of it is that it enables a touch interface. It restricts the use of both the mouse and keyboard simultaneously. Thankfully with the new ribbon we got rid of the useless Windows 7 bar area and replaces it with several other functions that were hidden.

The other benefits include:

1. Taking the user back to customization level that is equivalent to Windows XP.

2. Exposes features that were hidden from the third party.

The Disadvantages of Ribbon:

Ribbon is like a pain in the butt. It is the most useless and time wasting thing Microsoft has ever done. Introduction of a new ribbon doesn’t ensures that it is far better than the previous one. A new car does not get us quicker neither a new cell phone would ensure that the calls would be made faster. When Microsoft introduces the new windows explorer ribbon, they simply forgot to give us a link from the old one to the new. They expected that the User has the wealth of understanding, appreciation and history of this cool new way of interacting with the computer. Using new Windows explorer ribbon in Windows 8 has both its advantages and disadvantages. If someone doesnt like using ribbon then one can minimize or can permanently disable it.

How to minimize Ribbon:

Windows 8 offers an option to minimize Explorer ribbon. In the top right corner of the Explorer page there is an upward arrow. Clicking on the arrow would minimize the Explorer. Clicking on it again would bring back the ribbon again.

How to permanently disable it:

The above option was to hide it temporarily but there is another option to permanently disable it and start Explorer with the ribbon minimized. The steps of it are as follows:

1. Opening the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows key + R.

2. The typing gpedit.msc in it and pressing Enter.

3. Expanding “ Computer Configuration “, “ Administrative Templates “ and then finally “ Windows Components “.

4. Final step is to click on the “ Windows Explorer “.

5. In the setting option there would be an option : “ Start Windows Explorer with Ribbon Minimized “. Double clicking on it and then choosing Disabled would make sure that the Explorer is always opened with ribbon minimized.

In a Nutshell:

The ribbon became a very essential feature in the Microsoft Office Suit 2007. The Ribbon interface was first introduced in the Windows Explorer in the Windows 8 Developer Preview but was later improved in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. By default the Explorer ribbon is now hidden. Using the down arrow button situated at the upper right corner of the Explorer window makes the ribbon option to get expanded. The ribbon interface would need some time to get accustomed form the users. It has several features including the one that it has nearly more than 200 commands that would make the file management easier and convenient to use.

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