Microsoft is reportedly working on bringing tabs in File Explorer for Windows 11, as well as a redesigned interface that makes it simpler to find and access favorite files. The highly anticipated tab function was first discovered in test builds of Windows 11 last month, and now Microsoft has confirmed that it will be a hybrid feature on the new operating system.
Tabs in File Explorer will improve accessibility on Windows 11
The new File Explorer interface includes tabs to access many directories at the same time and it also offers the possibility to rearrange tabs. Microsoft first experimented with tabs in their “Sets” project for Windows 10 apps. This included tab support within File Explorer, but Microsoft eventually canned it because it was never ready for release.
A new File Explorer UI is also being added, which includes the standard Quick Access folders, recent documents, and a new favorites option. You’ll be able to right-click a file to add it to favorites, and it will be pinned on the File Explorer homepage. There are also improved sharing capabilities for files, with an updated share dialog that allows you to send documents to your most recently contacted people or apps like Microsoft Teams and Outlook.
It’s also unclear when we’ll see this improved File Explorer. Microsoft just mentioned it as part of a slew of new improvements on the way, and the company hasn’t provided a timetable for release. We will most likely experience this new file explorer of Windows 11 with a monthly update launch.