Solved file explorer looks different

darkmusic2

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My file explorer has tabs that look very ugly. Here's the image of what it looks like
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is there even a software or something to get tabs the way they should be??? please help
my windows version is 10
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I am also asking this because I don't get enough options because of this
and when I search for "file explorer" I only get web search results, instead I have to search "c:" or the disk I want to go in

:(
 
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I am not seeing what you don't like. You need to be more specific.

But of much more urgent concern and need of your attention is your total lack of free disk space on your boot drive. You have less than 1GB free and that is not good. This no doubt is impacting performance. You need to immediately free up some space. I would urge you to immediately run Windows Disk Cleanup, being sure to select "Cleanup system files, and even older System Restore and Shadow Copies.

If you already have CCleaner installed, you could run that - but do not download and install a 3rd party clean up tool if you do not already have it installed. You cannot afford to use up the space. If, after running those tools, you still have a windows.old folder AND if you are otherwise satisfied Windows is running fine since the last major upgrade, you can safely delete that windows.old folder too.

Uninstall programs you have downloaded and installed but don't use. Consider moving other programs to your D or E drive where you have lots of free space available. If you Downloads folder has downloaded files in it, you can delete those. With your C drive being only 74GB total, you should have nothing but Windows and hardware drivers on C. If your D and E drives are SSDs, you might move your Page File to one of those. If not, leaving it, as a Windows managed page file, on C is fine, once you free up space. I recommend having 20GB as a minimum, regardless the size of the drive.
 

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If you're talking about the "File, Edit, View, Tools", click on View --> Options --> View tab --> uncheck Always show menus.

And again, be sure to read the previous post and do some cleanup on your drive.
 

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A comment on "is there even a software or something to get tabs the way they should be??? please help", how things are supposed to be in Windows can be adjusted by the many ways provided, all up to the user as to their desire. An analogy: 2 computers purchased at the same time, same place, same shelf, same make and model and supposedly identical. User 1 goes home and User 2 to his/her home, both set up the computers and starts using them, all of a sudden some little change made them no longer identical.
 

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An analogy: 2 computers purchased at the same time, same place, same shelf, same make and model and supposedly identical. User 1 goes home and User 2 to his/her home, both set up the computers and starts using them, all of a sudden some little change made them no longer identical.
Most people don't understand the scope of this.

Of the 1 billion+ Windows 10 machines out there, each and every one became unique within seconds after turning it on and booting it up the very first time.

Networking get configured. Users set up their own security, install their favorite programs, attach their printer, keyboard, mouse, monitor, external drive and more - from a HUGE host of different hardware manufacturers and software developers too. Users "personalize" their desktops, Start menus and more.

Yet as soon as anything goes wrong, with a Windows Update, for example, Microsoft is blamed for total incompetence. Frankly, I am amazed at how well Windows works considering each and every Windows machine is indeed, unique.
 

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In fairness, though, each person is not fully aware of the differences between their own and other people's computers because they only see their own. Out of sight, and all that.

While those of us more tech minded will not only understand but also keep that in mind, the average user does not - because these kinds of things are not important to them. The only thing that is important is that it works when they need it to.

No different, really, from a car. Let's say that the car refuses to start one day. A Gearhead knows that there are numerous reasons why this may occur, but the average person who doesn't know this, to them it's just "the #%^@$%^ car is dead!"

A bigger problem is that the tech industry has seemingly perpetuated this mentality among regular users, saying that "Hey, don't worry, we've got you covered, in the event that something goes wrong!" or "Let our experts take the guesswork out of fixing your PC!"

So, in effect, we're at least partially to blame. The reality, though, is much, much more complicated (and ventures dangerously into the realms of politics and socio-economics, so I'll stop right here).

/rant off.
 

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If you're talking about the "File, Edit, View, Tools", click on View --> Options --> View tab --> uncheck Always show menus.

And again, be sure to read the previous post and do some cleanup on your drive.
thanks i'll try
 

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If you're talking about the "File, Edit, View, Tools", click on View --> Options --> View tab --> uncheck Always show menus.

And again, be sure to read the previous post and do some cleanup on your drive.
This is what the problem is. There are fewer options visible and that's the reason I am asking this . :(
 

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This is what the problem is.
Did it used to appear the way you like it and suddenly change? Did johngalt's suggestion to change the View > Options settings restore it to the way you want it?

While those of us more tech minded will not only understand but also keep that in mind, the average user does not - because these kinds of things are not important to them. The only thing that is important is that it works when they need it to.
^^^This^^^

For many, their computers are expected to work as simply, and routinely as their toaster or any other "appliance" in their house. And frankly, I agree. If that is what they want. Computers - at least home computers - should be that simple - but flexible enough to satisfy enthusiasts too. Maybe one day. But the problem is, to make it that simple, it has to be locked down because history has shown that most problems (outside of hardware components actually failing) are self-induced by the users making changes to the defaults they really shouldn't. We dink things to death - then who gets blamed? Microsoft, of course.

"Let our experts take the guesswork out of fixing your PC!"

So, in effect, we're at least partially to blame.

Now my turn to rant.

[rant]
I understand your point, but not sure about the blame part, though I acknowledge you said "partially".

I think the bigger problem is the Microsoft haters and bashers who, every chance they get, blame Microsoft, Windows, and [still! :rolleyes:] Bill Gates for anything that goes wrong, even when it clearly is not Microsoft's, Windows' or Bill Gates' fault!

And sadly many of those folks are prolific posters on forums, influential bloggers (who somehow have many followers), and wannabe journalist in the IT press. Worse still is many of those same self-proclaimed "experts"(?) are simply parroting and reposting the same (often unsubstantiated, no less :() reported problem, over and over again, potentially 100s or even 1000s of times - making it go "viral"!

So suddenly, within hours, there may be 100s or 1000s of reports of some security vulnerability or Windows Update problem, all extolling great blame of incompetence on Microsoft. But when you dig [even just a little bit] deeper, you soon discover all those reports go back to one, single article in some obscure German, or Taiwanese article that tells of one user complaining, for example, about their 12 year old printer no longer working after a Windows Update. A printer, BTW, that the latest drivers only support W7 - reminding readers that hardware drivers are the responsibility of the hardware maker, not Microsoft's or Windows'.

Over the years, even up to present day, Microsoft has done plenty deserving of harsh criticism - and I've been right there doing that, especially when it comes to some their misguided, mismanaged marketing schemes and executive policy decisions. But that still does not justify unjustly blaming them for the kitchen sink backing up too. :(

FWIW, IMO, the development side of the house at MS is staffed by some of the sharpest, most dedicated programmers, security experts, and developers in the industry - folks who truly are some of the top experts anywhere who truly do want us consumers to have great, trouble-free, and secure computing experiences.

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[/rant]
 

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Can someone help me out with the tabs/ribbons pls?
 

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First of all, let me apologize for seemingly hijacking your thread. I'm a bit garrulous, in case ya didn't know :ROFLMAO:

As for the ribbon toolbar in Windows 10 Explorer, use this tutorial to get it back:


Option 1, the keyboard method, is most likely what might have happened to make it go away in the first place. If this is true, and you want to set Explorer so it always shows the ribbon, then 1) If you're comfortable following the instructions, use Option 6, or 2) If you want it pretty easy (just download a file and 'run' it to import a specific setting), use Option 7.

HTH

If you still have issues, or any questions on the tutorial, please don't hesitate to post back.
 

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darkmusic2

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Did it used to appear the way you like it and suddenly change? Did johngalt's suggestion to change the View > Options settings restore it to the way you want it?


^^^This^^^

For many, their computers are expected to work as simply, and routinely as their toaster or any other "appliance" in their house. And frankly, I agree. If that is what they want. Computers - at least home computers - should be that simple - but flexible enough to satisfy enthusiasts too. Maybe one day. But the problem is, to make it that simple, it has to be locked down because history has shown that most problems (outside of hardware components actually failing) are self-induced by the users making changes to the defaults they really shouldn't. We dink things to death - then who gets blamed? Microsoft, of course.



Now my turn to rant.

[rant]
I understand your point, but not sure about the blame part, though I acknowledge you said "partially".

I think the bigger problem is the Microsoft haters and bashers who, every chance they get, blame Microsoft, Windows, and [still! :rolleyes:] Bill Gates for anything that goes wrong, even when it clearly is not Microsoft's, Windows' or Bill Gates' fault!

And sadly many of those folks are prolific posters on forums, influential bloggers (who somehow have many followers), and wannabe journalist in the IT press. Worse still is many of those same self-proclaimed "experts"(?) are simply parroting and reposting the same (often unsubstantiated, no less :() reported problem, over and over again, potentially 100s or even 1000s of times - making it go "viral"!

So suddenly, within hours, there may be 100s or 1000s of reports of some security vulnerability or Windows Update problem, all extolling great blame of incompetence on Microsoft. But when you dig [even just a little bit] deeper, you soon discover all those reports go back to one, single article in some obscure German, or Taiwanese article that tells of one user complaining, for example, about their 12 year old printer no longer working after a Windows Update. A printer, BTW, that the latest drivers only support W7 - reminding readers that hardware drivers are the responsibility of the hardware maker, not Microsoft's or Windows'.

Over the years, even up to present day, Microsoft has done plenty deserving of harsh criticism - and I've been right there doing that, especially when it comes to some their misguided, mismanaged marketing schemes and executive policy decisions. But that still does not justify unjustly blaming them for the kitchen sink backing up too. :(

FWIW, IMO, the development side of the house at MS is staffed by some of the sharpest, most dedicated programmers, security experts, and developers in the industry - folks who truly are some of the top experts anywhere who truly do want us consumers to have great, trouble-free, and secure computing experiences.

Sadly, too many MS marketing weenies and misguided execs keep putting their grubby little fingers in the works - forcing unnecessary, unwanted, half-baked and misguided changes on the development teams, and us consumers. Often forcing those changes or new features to be released before even being ready for release. The first, clearly unfinished version of Edge immediately comes to mind. Those blunders, forced upon the development teams, end up tarnishing the reputation and perceptions of all of Microsoft, but the development teams as well. But that's for another rant.
[/rant]
NO
 

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First of all, let me apologize for seemingly hijacking your thread. I'm a bit garrulous, in case ya didn't know :ROFLMAO:

As for the ribbon toolbar in Windows 10 Explorer, use this tutorial to get it back:


Option 1, the keyboard method, is most likely what might have happened to make it go away in the first place. If this is true, and you want to set Explorer so it always shows the ribbon, then 1) If you're comfortable following the instructions, use Option 6, or 2) If you want it pretty easy (just download a file and 'run' it to import a specific setting), use Option 7.

HTH

If you still have issues, or any questions on the tutorial, please don't hesitate to post back.
didn't work :(
 

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"NO" to what? Setting aside my rant, I asked a two part question. Part one was, "Did it used to appear the way you like it and suddenly change?" Still need to know that.

Part two was about johngalt's suggestion which apparently you tried and that did not work.

I still am not sure what you are not happy about.

Try this. In File Explorer, look near the upper right corner. See that little white question mark in the round blue background? Look just to the left in that same row and click on that V-shaped down arrow.

Is that what you were looking for?
 

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My file explorer has tabs that look very ugly. Here's the image of what it looks like
View attachment 6220
is there even a software or something to get tabs the way they should be??? please help
my windows version is 10
64-bit

"NO" to what? Setting aside my rant, I asked a two part question. Part one was, "Did it used to appear the way you like it and suddenly change?" Still need to know that.

Part two was about johngalt's suggestion which apparently you tried and that did not work.

I still am not sure what you are not happy about.

Try this. In File Explorer, look near the upper right corner. See that little white question mark in the round blue background? Look just to the left in that same row and click on that V-shaped down arrow.

Is that what you were looking for?
the first q and i don't have the "V" beside the question mark and ya there is one but that doesn't show the ribbon
 

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the first q and i don't have the "V" beside the question mark and ya there is one but that doesn't show the ribbon
What? Now you are not making any sense.

You say you don't have a V then in the same sentence you say there is one. You do have such a down arrow. My theme shows it as a upside down V. Your screen shot shows it as a triangle. When I click it, it opens the ribbon. Click again, it closes (minimizes) the ribbon. Same with Ctrl + F1.

If those don't work, then I don't know what to suggest.

Maybe from an elevated cmd prompt, try sfc /scannow and see if that fixes anything.
 

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darkmusic2

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What? Now you are not making any sense.

You say you don't have a V then in the same sentence you say there is one. You do have such a down arrow. My theme shows it as a upside down V. Your screen shot shows it as a triangle. When I click it, it opens the ribbon. Click again, it closes (minimizes) the ribbon. Same with Ctrl + F1.

If those don't work, then I don't know what to suggest.

Maybe from an elevated cmd prompt, try sfc /scannow and see if that fixes anything.
I meant to say that there is one but that doesn't show the ribbon
 

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OK, @darkmusic2

Could you create and paste some images of your File explorer, add them to this thread and explain what you feel you are missing, it may also help if you can press Windows R and type winver and hit enter, this will produce a popup displaying the version of your windows ( you can use the screen snip to create these images and allow the members to better help you
 

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darkmusic2

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OK, @darkmusic2

Could you create and paste some images of your File explorer, add them to this thread and explain what you feel you are missing, it may also help if you can press Windows R and type winver and hit enter, this will produce a popup displaying the version of your windows ( you can use the screen snip to create these images and allow the members to better help you
I've shared how my file explorer looks like in my thread, and my windows version is 10 21h1. Search file explorer on the web and see the images and see the on my thread, notice something? Ya, the tabs and the ribbon and I'm asking this all because I do not get enough options while using these kinds of tabs
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didn't work :(
Also saw your latest screenshot.

Out of curiosity, which method did you try, or did you try more than one?

How long ago did you install Windows 10 on your machine, and have you been taking updates through Windows Update, or through some other method?
 

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