In Pictures: 8 ways to customise Windows 8

Here are eight ways that you can customise your installation of Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Remove the Ribbon

The Ribbon UI, first introduced in Office 2007, seems to have an equal share of fans, haters and those indifferent to it. Over time, Microsoft has integrated the Ribbon into their other applications. Now in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the UI of Windows Explorer has been Ribbon-ized. Don’t like it? You can minimize it by right-clicking on the Ribbon and selecting “Minimize the Ribbon” or alternatively clicking the up-arrow set to the far right, just above the Ribbon UI. But if you despise it so much, you can strip it out from Windows Explorer completely by running a free tool, Ribbon Disabler.

6 of 9

Comments on this image

There are currently no comments for this image.

Comments are now closed.

Related Slideshows

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest News Articles


GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy


First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni


For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell


The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi


The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott


My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?