[Fix] A New Strange Line Appears below Ribbon Toolbar in Windows 8 and 8.1 Explorer
Yesterday I came across a strange problem in Windows 8.1. All of a sudden a new strange line started appearing in Windows Explorer. It was showing below the standard toolbar which contains back/forward buttons, addressbar and searchbox. It was looking very ugly. When I tried to move the mouse cursor over the strange line, the cursor changed to vertical resize shape which means the new line should be resizable but it was not. Nothing happened when I tried to click on the line and move it. It was not resizable or movable.
First I thought that it might be a GUI glitch and I restarted my laptop but even after reboot, it was still there. So it was not a glitch but some kind of bug in Windows.
I started looking in various settings and places to find some solution but nothing worked. I was having a strong feeling that it should be some kind of toolbar because the mouse cursor was allowing me to resize or move it.
After a lot of troubleshooting, finally I was able to get rid of that ugly line. I'm sharing the solution here so that if you also face this problem in future, you'll be able to remove the line within seconds.
I found that it was actually a bug in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and it occurs when a good old option "Lock the toolbars" is turned off. This option was used in previous Windows versions when Windows Explorer used to contain Menubar and standard toolbars. Microsoft removed them from Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Explorer and replaced the Menubar with new Ribbon UI. But they forgot to fix something which causes this strange line issue.
Anyway here is the solution to fix ugly line issue in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Explorer:
We just need to turn on "Lock the toolbars" option and it'll remove the ugly line from Windows Explorer. There are 2 ways to do it:
- METHOD 1: Using Internet Explorer
- METHOD 2: Using Windows Explorer
METHOD 1: Using Internet Explorer
This is the easiest method to fix this issue.
1. First of all open Internet Explorer and then right-click on titlebar or toolbar and enable "Lock the toolbars" option.
2. That's it. Open Windows Explorer and the ugly line below ribbon toolbar will no longer present.
METHOD 2: Using Windows Explorer
If for some reason above mentioned method doesn't work for you, you can use this second method:
1. Open Windows Explorer and press "F11" key to launch it in full screen mode.
2. Move your mouse cursor to the top of screen to show standard toolbar containing back/forward buttons, addressbar and searchbox.
3. Now right-click in empty area of toolbar and uncheck "Auto-hide" option.
4. Now press "ALT" key to show Menubar in Windows Explorer.
5. As soon as Menubar appears, right-click on it and enable "Lock the toolbars" option.
6. That's it. Now exit from full screen mode by pressing "F11" key again and the ugly line will not appear in Windows Explorer.
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So basically the strange line is nothing but a small part of Menubar which is shown when the toolbars are not locked. Strange thing is that even Microsoft has removed Menubar from Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Explorer, this "Lock the toolbars" option still affects Windows Explorer.
You guys can re-create this issue. Just disable "Lock the toolbars" option and the ugly line will appear in Windows Explorer.
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