Permanently Remove Windows 8’s Explorer Ribbon

The ribbon is probably one of the most highly polarising UI decisions Microsoft has ever made (well, that and the start screen), and whether you love it or hate it, one great thing about the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is that people are already working on tools to tweak the upcoming OS so it works better for them. Ribbon Disabler, a free utility that permanently removes the ribbon from all Explorer windows, is one of those tools.

This is one of those utilities that’s aimed at the person who really really hates the Explorer ribbon. It’s a simple, portable app that doesn’t require an installation, and when you run it you can either remove the ribbon from all Explorer windows, or restore it if you’ve decided you want to give it another try.

Windows 8 by default allows you to show, hide and customise the ribbon, so if you’re not sure whether you like it or not, or think you could get used to it, I wouldn’t suggest going all out and removing it with this tool. If you hate the ribbon, have always hated the ribbon and blame the ribbon for the fall of modern society, it’s worth a download.

How do you feel about the ribbon, either in Windows 8 or in other products, like Microsoft Office? Let us know in the comments below.

Ribbon Disabler for Windows 8 CP [WinAero via NirmalTV]

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