Microsoft has added tabs to File Explorer in Windows 11

Microsoft has added tabs to File Explorer in Windows 11 in a new test build of the operating system

This week Microsoft released a new Windows 11 Test Build 22572 for Insiders on the Dev Channel. In it, enthusiasts discovered a hidden tabbed interface for Explorer, which allows you to open multiple folders in one window. One of the first innovations was noticed by software developer Rafael Rivera, who divided Opening on Twitter.

Image source: Twitter

Image source: Twitter

Since the new feature has also remained hidden in the beta build, this may mean that it is still in development. Microsoft began testing a similar tabbed UI in Windows 10 with the introduction of the Sets tool, which allowed multiple apps to be grouped as tabs in a single window. However, at a certain stage of development, this project was canceled, so the ability to group applications in a window did not become publicly available.

It seems that Microsoft has no intention of overhauling the look of File Explorer as part of its support for the new tabbed interface. Note that “Explorer” is present in the company’s operating system with Windows 95, and over the past few years developers have more than once created concepts to improve and modernize this useful tool. Although File Explorer has received some improvements in Windows 11, it is obviously not enough to make it fully compatible with the modern operating system.

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Users will have to wait until Microsoft officially announces the tabbed Explorer interface in Windows 11. Since this feature has already been added to the operating system, it is expected that it will soon be available for members of the Insider program.


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