Ribbon Disabler provides users who dislike the interface with an option to restore the classic Explorer interface on Windows 8 and newer versions of Windows.
Ribbon Disabler 4.0 is a new version of a software program that we reviewed in 2013 for the first time. Microsoft introduced a ribbon interface in Windows Explorer when it launched the Windows 8 operating system and announced it even earlier in 2011.
Some dislike the ribbon interface, others like it. The same heated discussion took place when Microsoft integrated the ribbon interface in Microsoft Office. Microsoft released an add-on for Office even, called Ribbon Hero, to teach new functionality playfully. Office users who did not want to use the ribbon interface could install a third-party program like uBit Menu to restore the classic interface.
Ribbon Disabler is a very simple program that you can run right after you have downloaded its archive from the developer website and extracted it. The application requires no installation and can be run from any location including USB drives.
Note: you may get a Windows SmartScreen prompt when you run the program.
The interface displays two buttons to toggle the functionality. All you need to do is click on the "disable Ribbon Explorer" button to restore an Explorer interface that resembles that of Windows 7. You need to log out of the account or restart the PC to apply the changes, and Ribbon Disabler reminds you of that once you use it to disable or enable the ribbon interface.
To restore the functionality at any time, run the program again and select "Enable Ribbon Explorer" this time.
The modified interface looks like the one on the screenshot below on a Windows 10 machine. Note that the ribbon interface is no longer visible and that you access most options from the menu instead.
Ribbon Disabler worked well during tests on a Windows 10 system. The new version 4.0 of the application supports all versions of Windows starting with Windows 8.
The interface could be improved usability-wise though as a toggle could reduce some of the confusion surround the disable and enable options.
The program may be worth a try for users who are still holding on to Windows 7 but plan to migrate to Windows 10 in the near future. Windows 7 will run out of support in January 2020.
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