How to get the Windows 10 File Explorer ribbon on Windows 11

by Alexandru Poloboc
Alexandru Poloboc
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  • No matter how good-looking some of Windows 11's new UI changes are, some just can't get used to them.
  • For many users, the Windows 10 style of design for many UI elements is still the best, and worth changing back to.
  • If you dislike the File Explorer ribbon that Windows 11 has now, you can switch back to the way the previous OS displayed it.
  • This article contains the exact steps you need to go through in order to perform this switch yourself. 
Windows 11 file explorer ribbon

Nowadays, it seems that every fresh UI design detail that Microsoft comes with for Windows 11 immediately gets rejected by the user community, under the pretext that they liked things better on Windows 10.

Luckily, there still are some tips and tricks that some of the more tech-savvy users know how to use in order to revert some UI elements back to how they looked on the previous operating system.

Anything can be achieved, as long as you know where to look, and what to tweak.

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After you install the Cumulative Update for Windows 11 (10.0.22000.71), this tweak won’t work anymore. Right now, we’re looking for another way of restoring the old File Explorer ribbon.

How do I get the old File Explorer ribbon on Windows 11?

This process is not at all as hard as you might think. It only requires a few moments of your time and it’s achievable without having a thorough knowledge of how computers actually work.

If you are one of the users that greatly appreciate the old style of doing things, as well as the old system layout, know that you can revert to the old File Explorer ribbon, and here’s how you do it.

  1. Access the Control Panel app on your Windows 11 device.

2. Select Appearance and Personalization.

3. Click on File Explorer Options.

4. Check the tiny box next to the text that says Launch folder windows in a separate process, found under the View tab. Once you’ve done this, click on Apply and you are good to go.

If you followed these steps correctly, the end result should look something like this:

Pretty neat, right?

If, however, at some point you get bored with this look and want to switch to the Windows 11 version, simply follow the same steps and untick the little box you ticked in order to make this happen.

Which one of the ribbons do you prefer for your File Explorer? The old Windows 10 one, or the new and improved Windows 11 version? Let us know in the comments section below.

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