Sep 03 2021 06:20 AM
Sep 03 2021 06:20 AM
I provide tech support to older consumers in their homes, teaching, streamlining, upgrading and assisting with Windows, Android, iOS and Amazon Fire (tablet) devices. Most of my clients are aged 60-85 and actively use Windows 10 linked with Edge and Outlook mobile apps (and Microsoft Launcher) on Android or iOS. Many are excited by Windows 11.
The changes from Windows 10 to Windows 11 will be received well by most of my clients, because there are so many lists of text beautifully laid out, particularly in the Settings App, but many of my clients who "read all the text on their screen" before feeling confident to click or tap a button, will find the difference between the clear ribbon/toolbar buttons in Windows 10 File Explorer to the minimalistic Windows 11 File Explorer icons extremely confusing and frustrating.
Please make text labels underneath the main toolbar buttons across the top of File Explorer a priority, or at least an option that can be turned on or off, pop up "tool tips" would also be appreciated.
It is great that the same icons now appear in the right-click options menu, but I would hope these could include text labels below them too.
These example images highlight the problem:
Windows 10 File Explorer Controls - Note how visually clear the "Move to", "Copy to" and "Delete" buttons are? This ribbon is too busy with all the other options, but the main "buttons" state exactly what they do very clearly.
Windows 11 File Explorer Controls seem bewildering to new users, older users or to those who are vision impaired.
By comparison the OneDrive website provides a very clear yet minimal interface:
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Adding insult to injury, see this webpage: Get Back Windows 10 Ribbon UI in Windows 11 File Explorer
The first "solution" (it's a great workaround, but so far I cannot find a way to make it stick) allows you to get back to what is, for all intents and purposes, the Windows 10 style of ribbons in File Explorer with the click of a button. Clearly this could also be handled by a setting that the end user should be able to toggle on to make this the default way that File Explorer appears.
It's really frustrating to know that the actual ability to do this exists, at the click of a button, in special circumstances and yet there is no way for the user to simply select this as the default via a setting (or even a registry hack. The one that used to work under Version 21H2 doesn't work in 22H2).