First images of the new File Explorer in Windows 11
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First images of the new File Explorer in Windows 11 – tabs, tags, integration with Microsoft 365 and more

A few weeks ago it was announced that Microsoft is working on a major design update for File Explorer in Windows 11. In addition to affecting the main areas of the application, it is expected to increase integration with OneDrive and Microsoft 365 services This is confirmed by the internal layouts of the File Explorer design that were available to the portal Windows headquarters.

    Image source: Microsoft

Image source: Microsoft

The pictures clearly show how exactly the appearance of the “Explorer” can change in the future. In the images provided, you can see the window title with a modern address bar, an updated search box, and a redesigned home button. The Create, Copy, Paste buttons and some other controls have been moved to the Files and Folders viewing area, which is just below the title.

It should be noted that Explorer’s redesigned home page has deeper integration with Microsoft 365 cloud services. A recommended files section appears at the top of the workspace. The navigation bar on the left side of the window gets a Fluent Design style with rounded button corners and other modern elements that developers have used in other Windows 11 apps. The details window shows more information about folders and files and will also receive integration with Microsoft 365. Many of the File Explorer design updates were expected to make it more user-friendly on touchscreen devices.

    Image source: Windows Central

Image source: Windows Central

According to the source, Microsoft is also working on new features to display images in File Explorer, for which the Gallery section will be integrated into the application. It is assumed that to view enlarged thumbnails, the user just needs to hover over a file. Microsoft is also expected to implement tag support in File Explorer, making it easier to organize and classify files.

    Image Source: Future

Image Source: Future

If the developers’ plans come to fruition, File Explorer will receive the biggest update since Windows 8, which was released more than 10 years ago. It is expected that most of the Explorer updates will be publicly available later this year. Most likely, the new design of the application will be part of a major update for Windows 11 23H2, which is scheduled for release in the fall.

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