Windows 8 Ribbon Interface Screenshots

by on April 9th, 2011

Microsoft is experimenting with a ribbon interface for Windows 8, and the leaked screenshots showing examples of an early build are already out. Microsoft Word users have already used ribbon interface, where a tabbed and extra-tall toolbar resides at the top of the page, offering dynamic groups of icons in an attempt to make the user interface more efficient. Ribbon interface was also introduced to applets in Windows 7, including Paint and WordPad. Here are experiments with Windows Explorer (Windows Finder), adding various groups of tabbed ribbons at the top of the window.

Windows 8 is still in its early developmental stages. But we have already used the ribbon interface in Microsoft Office 2007, and can understand its inherent efficiency. It gives interface designers a way to place lots of controls within easy reach, rather than burying them under multiple menus.

In Windows 8, the Windows Explorer shell sports a new Ribbon UI.

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Various Explorer Ribbon tabs.

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Example of dynamic Ribbons in the Windows 8 shell.

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A hidden Ribbon (with dynamic Disk Tools tab), and a close-up view of the status-based based view style toggles.

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The Explorer Ribbon Find menu.

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