File Explorer is a significant part of the Windows operating system, as it helps you manage your files. In Windows 11, Microsoft has redesigned the File Explorer, and now it has a sleek look, comes with tabbed interface and better features. However, you can still access the classic or the Windows 10 style File Explorer with Ribbon toolbar in Windows 11.

If you did not like Windows 11’s File Explorer, here is how to get the classic or Windows 10 File Explorer with Ribbon UI in Windows 11 without any software or registry tweak. You can use the trick given in the guide below to try the classic File Explorer with Ribbon toolbar and the modern File Explorer in Windows 11 side by side.

How to enable Classic File Explorer in Windows 11

ALSO READ: How to add tabs to File Explorer in Windows 10 and 11

How to Open Classic File Explorer in Windows 11?

1. First, open the Control Panel on your Windows 11 PC. Press the Win + R keys to open the Run command box, type control in the search box, and press Enter. It will open the classic control panel.

Open classic Control Panel in Windows 11

2. After opening the Control Panel, click on the UP icon in the toolbar. Alternatively, press the Alt + Up Arrow keys on the keyboard. [You may need to click the Up icon or Alt + Up Arrow keys two times]

3. It will open the classic File Explorer in Windows 11 with the Ribbon UI.

Open Classic File Explorer in Windows 11

Alternatively, press Win + E to open File Explorer > Click the up-pointing arrow to the left of the toolbar to open the Desktop folder > Double-click the Control Panel icon > Click the up-pointing arrow to the left of this toolbar to bring up the old File Explore.

The classic File Explorer in Windows 11 is a replica of Windows 10 File Manager, and you can see the Ribbon toolbar with several options.

How to Use Classic and Modern File Manager Together in Windows 11?

1. First, open the classic File Explorer as explained above.

2. Next, use the Win + E shortcut key to open the modern File Explorer.

That is how to open the modern Windows 11 File Explorer without closing the classic File Explorer.

The redesigned File Explorer in Windows 11 with a new toolbar with a few buttons, such as the cut, copy, paste, delete, rename, view, etc. It is more like the good old Windows XP Explorer toolbar, but no option to customize it.

Microsoft is prepping to add new features to Windows 11 File Explorer, and you can expect new features like a tabbed interface.

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