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.

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