Revert Back To The Classic File Explorer Look On Windows 11

This article will show you how to restore ribbon in File Explorer in Windows 11.

Revert Back To The Classic File Explorer Look On Windows 11

File Explorer, the default file management tool of Windows 11, is not the same tool that users of Windows 10 use to manage files. Basically, the new File Explorer removed the ribbon we’ve grown accustomed to for decades and replaced it with small icons. While this might work if you’ve never used Windows before, it’s a pretty tough adjustment for most of us. But you can still revert to the classic File Explorer if you want.

It is worth noting that this method has a drawback. This tweak removes the Share command from File Explorer.

Enable classic File Explorer ribbon menu on Windows 11

Open Windows Registry Editor app. Click on the Start menu, then search for ‘Registry Editor‘. Select Registry Editor app and open.

When it opens, navigate to the path as shown below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions

The correct location, right-click on the Shell Extensions key and choose New > Key
Next, name the newly created key as Blocked. Right-click on the newly created Blocked key and choose New > String Value. Next, move over to the right-hand menu and rename the newly created string value as

{e2bf9676-5f8f-435c-97eb-11607a5bedf7}

After that, log out and back in or restart your computer.

classic File Explorer ribbon menu

And reopen the File Explorer. This time, you will see a Classic File Explorer that is available in Windows 10.

Alternatively

1- We have coded a script to make your job easier, just download the script at the end of the page (password:ceofix) and Unzip it.

2- Then simply double-click on the Classic_File_Explorer.vbe file Confirm the User Account Control dialog if prompted.

Enable classic File Explorer ribbon menu on Windows 11

3- It will show a pop-up window with the text “Classic File Explorer with Ribbon has been activated” just Click ok button.

If you want to apply the default File Explorer simply double-click on the Classic_File_Explorer.vbe . User Account Control (UAC) window can popup and asks you if you want to allow it, Click ok to proceed.

Enable classic File Explorer ribbon menu on Windows 11

It will show a pop-up window with the text “File Explorer has been set to the default” just Click ok button.

Ok. Thats all.

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