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The Quick Access Toolbar now appears below the Ribbon's Tab titles


Using the Quick Access Toolbar

While File Explorer's Ribbon and its series of tabs is designed to expose close to 200 different file management commands, chances are good that there is a set of commands that you'd always like to have access to - regardless of which tab is currently being displayed on the Ribbon. If so, you'll want to add those commands to the Quick Access toolbar, which by default appears in File Explorer's title bar. However, if you look back at the context menu in Figure A, you'll see an option on the menu titled Show Quick Access Toolbar below the Ribbon. When you select this option, the Quick Access Toolbar moves down from the top of the File Explorer window and appears between the Address bar and the Tab titles where it is more accessible, as shown in Figure C.

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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.