Anyway to switch back to classic file explorer instead of using Windows 8 version that defaults to OneDrive

Anyway to switch back to classic file explorer instead of using Windows 8 version that defaults to OneDrive when I browse for files to attach from Chrome

Without using an external program?
MarkProgrammerAsked:
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NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
Have you tried this?

For Home Edition and Pro.

To get rid of it entirely or just remove it from the side panel.

http://www.howtogeek.com/167058/how-to-disable-skydrive-integration-in-windows-8.1/
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MarkProgrammerAuthor Commented:
Anyway todo it without modifying the registry? I am instructing someone over the phone who's not tech savvy
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NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
Is this what you mean?

Swipe right edge to left.
Pick Search
Type: onedrive storage space
In File Storage section, set Save documents to OneDrive by default to Off
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NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
Also check the Sync Settings section, under  Other Settings.

Possibly change: Web Browser, Other Windows Settings,
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MarkProgrammerAuthor Commented:
Would that disable the grey windows 8 file picker and put back the one that appears in windows 7 and earlier versions ..

I am referring to the file select window that appears when for example you attaching a file in a browser window (gmail attachment), etc
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Another way - all Windows, no software - to have a Programs Menu for any activity in Windows 8 Desktop is as follows:

Right Click on the Taskbar
Select Toolbar, New Toolbar
Add the following content in the space provided:
%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
Save the toolbar. It should call itself Programs.

See my article on ways to improve Windows 8.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/A_16620-Ways-to-improve-Windows-8.html

You can lead a person over the phone with this.
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NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
@Mark,
> ...disable the grey windows 8 file picker and put back the one that appears in windows 7 and earlier versions

If you mean the Metro file explorer GUI, which bears no resemblance whatsoever to that in Windows 7... then I believe to avoid that and instead, use the old-style Windows Explorer dialogs, is to switch to the Desktop. From there, Chrome, or any browser, for that matter, should give what you want.
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MarkProgrammerAuthor Commented:
What do you mean by switch the desktop?
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NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
On your keyboard, press the Windows key (Flag icon) and D key simultaneously. This opens the desktop. Look familiar?

To boot to the Desktop instead of the Metro GUI... http://blog.laptopmag.com/boot-to-desktop-windows-8-1-preview

- Go to the Desktop.
- Right click on the taskbar and select Properties.
- Pick Navigation tab.
- Set: Go to the Desktop instead of Start menu when I sign in
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MarkProgrammerAuthor Commented:
I will try it however Chrome was being launched from the taskbar  (not the metro UI)

Thanks...
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Use the Program Menu I gave you. Works a treat and on Windows 10 as well.
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MarkProgrammerAuthor Commented:
John, I don't see how adding another Toolbar will change the default file explorer to pre Windows 8 (non Metro UI style)
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The toolbar is in the tasbar and is readily available. You can try very easily to see if it fits you. I use it all the time.
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MarkProgrammerAuthor Commented:
But I won't have access to the taskbar while I am choosing a file from the 'select file' prompt ..

My whole thing is when attaching a file through chrome (email attachment for example through Gmail) .. That I can pick pick the file using the classic method instead of through the Metro UI
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NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
Hi Mark,

Have you tried this?

 1.Click the Chrome menu.
 2.Select Relaunch Chrome on the desktop.

https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/2762879?hl=en
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MarkProgrammerAuthor Commented:
That's it, thanks a million!!!
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MarkProgrammerAuthor Commented:
And thank you everyone else for the suggestions
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NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
I don't have Google Chrome running on my RT (not supported). However, IE running on the Desktop does show the old-style dialog (attached)...
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NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
I just posted. I see you got it to work...
Nice. Thanks, Mark.
Have a good weekend...
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MarkProgrammerAuthor Commented:
You too, thanks
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