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Minimize or Expand File Explorer Ribbon in Windows 10

Ribbon in File Explorer can be used to do common tasks, such as copying and moving, creating new folders, e-mailing and zipping items, and changing the view. Users can select to expand the Ribbon so that it is always expanded even after you click a command on the Ribbon, or select to minimize the Ribbon to show only the tab names on the Ribbon.

5 ways to hide or show the Ribbon in File Explorer in Windows 10.

How to Show or Hide File Explorer Ribbon using Ctrl+F1

To hide or show File Explorer Ribbon menu, here's how:

Step 1: Open File Explorer by pressing Win+E on keyboard.

Step 2: While in File Explorer, press the CTRL+F1 keys to toggle to expand (default) or minimize the Ribbon.

Minimize or Expand File Explorer Ribbon using Ctrl+F1 Shortcuts

How to Minimize or Expand File Explorer Ribbon from Ribbon Arrow

To hide or show File Explorer Ribbon menu from Ribbon arrow. Here's how:

While in File Explorer, click on the down arrow in the toolbar, it can expand File Explorer Ribbon. When click on the up arrow, it will minimize the Ribbon in File Explorer.

hide or show File Explorer Ribbon menu from Ribbon arrow

How to Hide File Explorer ribbon from Ribbon Tab Bar

To hide or show File Explorer Ribbon menu using Ribbon Tab Bar. Here's how:

Right click on an empty area of the Ribbon tab bar, and click on Minimize the Ribbon to uncheck (show) or check (hide) it.

click on Minimize the Ribbon to uncheck (show) or check (hide) it

How to Hide File Explorer Ribbon in Quick Access Toolbar

To hide or show File Explorer Ribbon menu in Quick Access Toolbar. Here's how:

Click on the Customize Quick Access Toolbar menu arrow, and click on Minimize the Ribbon to uncheck (show) or check (hide) it.

Hide or show Ribbon in Quick Access Toolbar menu

How to Show the Minimized or Full File Explorer Ribbon via Group Policy

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option. To hide or show File Explorer Ribbon menu using Group Policy Editor. Here's how:

Step 1: Open Local Group Policy Editor.

Press Win+R to bring up Run, type in gpedit.msc, then hit Enter key.

Open Local Group Policy Editor

Step 2: Navigate to the location: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\File Explorer. In the right pane of File Explorer folder, double click on Start File Explorer with Ribbon minimized to edit it.

Start File Explorer with Ribbon minimized

Step 3: Select Enabled option to Specify Policy to Show or Hide Ribbon in File Explorer for All Users.

Enable start File Explorer with Ribbon mnimized

To restore default settings to let users minimize or Show full Ribbon in File Explorer, select Disabled option.

Restore default settings