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Using the Ribbon

The Ribbon is a results oriented way of working in File Explorer (New!). The Ribbon is located at the top of the window and is comprised of tabs that are organized by task or objects. The controls on each tab are organized into groups, or subtasks. The controls, or command buttons, in each group execute a command, or display a menu of commands or a drop-down gallery. Controls in each group provide a visual way to quickly make document changes. The File tab on the left side of the Ribbon displays a menu of files related commands.

If you prefer using the keyboard instead of the mouse to access commands on the Ribbon, File Explorer provides easy to use shortcuts. Simply press and release the alt.jpg or f10.jpg key to display KeyTips over each feature in the current view, and then continue to press the letter shown in the KeyTip until you press the one that you want to use. To cancel an action and hide the KeyTips, press and release the alt.jpg or f10.jpg key again. If you prefer using the keyboard shortcuts found in previous versions of Windows, such as Ctrl+C (for Copy) and Ctrl+V (for Paste), all the keyboard shortcuts and keyboard accelerators work exactly the same in File Explorer.


File Explorer provides three types of tabs (New!) on the Ribbon. The first type is called a standard tab—such as File, Home, Share, and View—that you see whenever you use File Explorer. The second type is called a contextual tab—such as Library Tools, Picture Tools, or Video Tools—that appears only when they are needed based on the type of task you are doing. File Explorer recognizes what you’re doing and provides the right set of tabs and tools to use when you need them. The third type is called a program tab that replaces the standard set of tabs when you switch to certain views or modes, such as Homegroup, Computer, or Network.

Live Preview

When you point to some options, such as a Layout option—Extra large icon, Large icon, Medium icons, Small icons, List, Details, Tiles or Content—on the View tab on the Ribbon, File Explorer displays a live preview (New!) of the option change so that you can see exactly what your change will look like before committing to it.

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