Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Customizing the Ribbon
Because the indexing service runs only when the computer is idle, it may
take up to a few hours before your new files, folders, and file types are added
to the index and show up in the search results.
Customizing the Ribbon
The ribbon interface in File Explorer provides a new way to navigate the
interface. First appearing in Microsoft office, the ribbon was intended to make it
easier for users to access hard-to-find features. A similar version of the ribbon
was included in File Explorer for the same reason, to make it easier to use. The
next two sections will help you customize how the ribbon appears and the
quick access menu.
Show the ribbon or collapse it and hide it from view. This is one of the more
difficult preference questions. Even the folks at Microsoft took some time to
make up their minds. For most of the preview builds of Windows 8, the ribbon
was displayed by default but was hidden in the final release builds.
If you like minimalist user interfaces without distractions, hide that ribbon
right away. But if you like having all of your options easily visible, the ribbon may
be for you. Either way, changing the default behavior is very simple—just click
the up or down arrow on the far right of the window next to the help icon. Your
setting is automatically saved for the next time you open File Explorer.
Quick Access Toolbar
Every Microsoft ribbon includes a quick access toolbar in the title bar of the
application window. This toolbar provides you with easy access to your most
popular items. In Windows 8 File Explorer you can add the following items to
the toolbar:
New Folder
You can also select an option to display the quick access toolbar below the
ribbon instead of on top.
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