File Explorer’s Ribbon menu explained

Working with File Explorer's Ribbon

Adopted from Microsoft Office, File Explorer’s new Ribbon menu makes it much easier to organize and manage your files and folders on Windows 8 Desktop.

File Explorer uses a Ribbon menu rather than the more traditional menu and toolbar.

The Ribbon is minimized by default, but with a file selected, just click one of the Ribbon’s tabs to show the associated menu.

To keep the Ribbon menu always open, click a tab, and then click the Pin icon on the far right.

There are three main tabs on the Ribbon:

Home - the Home tab is used for tasks such as copying, moving and renaming files, and creating new folders

View - this tab lets you control the layout of folders and how items are displayed within folders

Share – this tab has options for sharing files and folders with others


Contextual tabs
A set of contextual tabs may appear on the Ribbon depending on the type of file that you’ve selected in File Explorer. These provide you with groups of relevant commands. For example, if you select a picture file, a tab called Picture Tools that sits above a Manage tab appears with options such as ‘Slideshow’ that are relevant to picture files only.

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