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Microsoft says Windows 11 File Explorer tabs feature is still on the way

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At an event in early April, Microsoft announced several new features coming to Windows 11, including new snap layout gestures, Start menu folders, and the ability to have tabs in File Explorer, but this particular feature is still missing and it won’t debut with Windows. 11 version 22H2.

Tabs in Explorer is one of the biggest Explorer updates in years. In addition to tabs, we get a new sidebar for File Explorer and a darker dark mode. There’s a new “Home” view that lets you see recently used files like pictures or videos, and OneDrive integration.

File Explorer’s support for tabs is apparently a big deal and many users are wondering where it is. Fortunately, Microsoft has confirmed that it is still working on tabs for File Explorer, but it won’t appear in the production versions of Windows 11 version 22H2, meaning a stable release of tabs is still a long way off.

File Explorer Tabs User Interface

In response to a question in the File Explorer tabs for Windows 11, Microsoft’s Program Manager reiterated that users may have to wait for the feature and its arrival is fraught with uncertainty, with the official comment:

“Features like tabs in File Explorer will appear for Windows Insiders (between the Dev and Beta channels) when ready, we’re not as “release” based as we used to be, as we mentioned in this February blog post”.

This makes it clear that Windows 11 22H2 does not ship with tabs in File Explorer, but it is possible that the feature will be enabled in version 22H2 in the future through some cumulative or feature experiences.

You may have to wait until later this year to try out the feature, and there’s still no official word on when tabs in File Explorer are coming to the Windows Insider program.

According to sources, Windows 11 Build 22621 is the RTM (Manufacturer’s Release) build for version 22H2 (Sun Valley 2) and the feature update is expected to launch in the fall, with reports pointing to the rollout in September or October.

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