Microsoft tests new tabbed File Explorer in Windows 11

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Recently, Microsoft rolled out Windows 11 Insider Preview build 22572. And, a few beta testers already noticed a highly requested feature (the tabbed interface for File Explorer) within the update.

The File Explorer is a popularly utilized built-in feature of Windows that lets a user to access the files within the drives of a system, access the folders and perform file management.

Over the years, one of the highly requested Windows features on the Microsoft Feedback Hub has been the option to bring a tabbed interface to File Explorer.

Back in 2017, Microsoft briefly tested the feature on Windows 10 Insider builds how it later removed it from the development builds.

A Windows developer Rafael Rivera first spotted this feature on the recently rolled out preview build. The feature is hidden and allows insiders to test out File Explorer’s new tabbed interface.

When you enable the feature, you will be able to open several folders within the same File Explorer Window while each of the folders will be opened in the new tab.

For instance, you can have a single File Explorer window however the tabs opened for the Desktop folder, Libraries collection, Pictures folder, Document’s folder and Users folder like the one shown in the image below.

tabbed file explorer
Tabbed File Explorer in Windows 11 | Source: BleepingComputer

For opening a folder into a new tab, you can right-click on the folder and select the Open in new tab context menu option.

The majority of functionalities within the new tabbed interface works quite well.

The new tabbed interface is swift and simple to use, and while you open several tabs, you will observe left and right overflow arrows permitting you to scroll via all the opened tabs.

One thing to note here is that Microsoft is yet to work on the capability to reorder tabs within File Explorer by simply dropping and dragging the tabs.

Another thing worth noting is that Microsoft always says not all Windows 11 Dev build features will even make it into a public release.

Now, to check out the new Windows 11 tabbed Task Manager you need to join the Windows Insider programs and install the Windows 11 build 22572 or later.

On installing the latest Windows 11 insider build, please follow the below-mentioned steps:

  • Download ViveTool that let users to enable the hidden developer features in Windows 10 and Windows 11. On downloading the tool, extract the zip file.
  • Now, open the Elevated Command prompt and go to the folder where you extracted ViveTool.
  • Third type and enter the followin commands:
vivetool addconfig 34370472 2
  • On entering the command, you will see a “successfully set feature configuration” message.
  • Last but not the least, you need to restart your Windows for tabs

Alternatively, disable the new File Explorer feature with the following ViveTool Commands:

vivetool addconfig 34370472 0

Now, restart the system Windows 11 to switch back to normal File Explorer.

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