How to Get Windows XP Style Toolbar in Windows 8/8.1 Explorer without Using Any Software?

If you are using the new Windows 8 OS or if you are regularly reading news and updates about Windows 8, you must be knowing about the addition of Ribbon UI to Windows 8 Explorer. Microsoft has put Office 2013 style Ribbon UI to Windows 8 Explorer. Some people love the new ribbon UI and some don't, that's another story.

By default Windows 8 comes with ribbon minimized in Explorer. In such way, new users find difficulties in accessing frequently used commands such as cut, copy, paste, delete, unto, new folder, etc. In Windows Vista and 7 Explorer you could access these commands using Command bar.

In Windows 8 Explorer, such commands are present in ribbon and you need to click on the tabs such as File, View, etc to access these commands. You can also access a few commands using "Quick Access Toolbar" which is present in the titlebar near the program icon.


Overall the default setup of Windows 8 Explorer is a little complicated for new users. Wouldn't it be great if you could get a simple toolbar in Windows 8 Explorer similar to Windows XP having all buttons such as cut, copy, rename, etc?

Today in this tutorial, we are going to tell you how to convert the quick access toolbar into a fully functional toolbar similar to Windows XP.

So if you also want to have Windows XP style standard toolbar in Windows 8 Explorer without installing and using any 3rd party software, then follow these simple steps:

1. First of all, click on the small arrow given for quick access toolbar present in left-side of Windows Explorer window. It'll open a menu, click on "Show below the Ribbon" option.


2. It'll put the quick access toolbar below the ribbon. Now you have almost converted the quick access toolbar into a standard toolbar.

3. Now its turn of adding new buttons to this toolbar. Again click on the little arrow and check the desired buttons to immediately put them on the toolbar. You can put a few buttons such as undo, redo, delete and rename using the given menu.


4. But if you want to add custom buttons such as cut, copy, paste, views, folder options, etc to the new toolbar, then first maximize the ribbon by right-click on the ribbon and uncheck "Minimize the Ribbon" option.

Now you can right-click on any desired button present in the ribbon and select "Add to Quick Access Toolbar" option from the context menu:


It'll immediately add the button to the toolbar.

5. That's it. Now you have a fully functional Windows XP style toolbar back in Windows 8 Explorer which will help you in accessing all frequently used buttons quickly and easily without any need of maximize the ribbon and the best thing is that all of this is done without any software.


6. If you want to re-order toolbar buttons i.e. change buttons position, you'll need to first remove all buttons from the toolbar by right-click on the button and select "Remove from Quick Access Toolbar" option and then add desired buttons one by one for example, first add the button which you want to show at first position in the toolbar and then add the 2nd button and so on.

You can also check out following video showing the whole method live in action:

Did you know about this feature of ribbon and quick access toolbar? Do you like the presence of ribbon UI in Windows 8 Explorer? Feel free to share your feedback in your comment...

Also Check:

5 Easy Ways to Remove Ribbon from Windows 8 and 8.1 Explorer

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