Windows 11: Enable the Explorer Ribbonbar


Windows 11 comes with a “face lift”. The Ribbon bar of the explorer, introduced in Windows Vista, was removed. But many User likes them because many functions like copy etc. can really fast accessed without opening a context menu.

Bad news is, it cannot be switched on by the Windows GUI and the good news it gave the ability to enable the ribbon bar by adding a registry key. To enable it for all users open a command window (cmd.exe) or the powershell with administrator permissions and call:

PS D:\> reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked" /v {e2bf9676-5f8f-435c-97eb-11607a5bedf7} /t REG_SZ /d "" /f

To enable it just for current logged on user use:

PS D:\> reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked" /v {e2bf9676-5f8f-435c-97eb-11607a5bedf7} /t REG_SZ /d "" /f

After adding the key logoff and logon again and it looks like 🙂

Windows 11 Explorer Ribbonbar
Windows 11 Explorer Ribbonbar


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