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When the Ribbon is minimized, only the tab titles appear at the top of the window

When you do, the Ribbon will essentially disappear and will only reappear in File Explorer temporarily when you activate it. As soon as you press [Esc] or click on another part of the screen, the Ribbon will instantly disappear. For example, if you select one of the tab titles, which remain at the top of the window, as shown in Figure B, the Ribbon will temporarily appear. You can reactivate the Ribbon anytime by selecting the Minimize the Ribbon command again to remove the check mark.

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Sorry MSFT, but from a usability and layout perspective, Win XP Explorer/File Manager still rocks. I can easily change the sidebar, I do not have to puddle around with "Libraries" but instead with "real" folder. Using both Win XP and Win 7, I can't see much good in Explorer for 8 - or 7 for that matter. I guess the only area where 7 (and 8?) shines is how it scans and updates your network connected resources. That area is clearly better than XP.

I haven't read anywhere else that this button is back. We are just starting to get a larger percentage of Win 7 machines so I have just started running into not having this button. Bill

What the ...!
What the ...!

I've seen this mentioned incessantly by some. In Win 7 all you have to do is click on the desired folder (in the address bar) above the one you are currently viewing and voila, you are there. You can even move up several levels! W.T.F., people? It's not magic! Just look around.