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With the new file explorer in it seems there's less screen real-estate than there used to be, mainly because of the new ribbon interface.

Perhaps it's me, but is there a way of increasing the amount of the window dedicated to viewing the folders and files?

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  1. You can simply minimise the ribbon:

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  2. To always start Explorer with the ribbon in a minimised state, in Group Policy Editor (Start / Run / gpedit.msc), go to Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Explorer, double-click on Start Windows Explorer with Ribbon minimized and set it to Enabled:

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  3. There are various system file hacks that allow you to disable the ribbon completely, but I do not recommend them.

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I suppose you are referring to the ribbon - rightclick on the top, and select minimize ribbon

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Simply press F11 to go full screen. When you want to revert back, press it again.

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nice tip. didn't know :) – cmplieger Oct 25 '12 at 14:50

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