Windows 11 KB5014770 (build 22621.160) is now rolling out to users in the beta channel and is the first cumulative preview update for version 22H2 with a few new features, including support for tabs in File Explorer.
Microsoft previously said they had nothing to share when users asked about tab support in Windows 11 22H2’s File Explorer, sparking speculation that it wouldn’t be appearing alongside the major update. At the time, many expected support for File Explorer’s tabs via a cumulative update later this year.
Now it appears that Microsoft has changed its plans and has already started testing tabs for File Explorer in version 22H2 through the cumulative preview updates. As you probably know, Windows 11 22H2 has already reached RTM (Manufacturer’s Release) status and is now being readied for a wider audience.
As you can see in the screenshot above, Windows 11 KB5014770 adds the long-awaited tabs to File Explorer. Just like your web browser, you can create a new tab by tapping the plus icon and then moving tabs within the tab bar, i.e. the title bar of File Explorer on Windows 11.
The animation is quite smooth and it is also possible to close a tab by clicking on the ‘x’ icon. You can open a folder in a new tab by right-clicking the folder and then selecting ‘open in new tab’. This will open the folder in the tab and you can easily work on multiple folders at once.
File Explorer has also been updated with a new left navigation pane i.e. the sidebar on the left. The new navigation panel is inspired by WinUI and promises a clean look with an easy way to navigate to folders that are important to you. For example, the redesigned sidebar provides quick access to pinned and frequently used folders.
Your OneDrive cloud profiles are added to Windows 11 and associated with the account.
Likewise, there is another change that hides Windows folders that are available by default in the navigation pane. “This PC” to keep that view focused on your PC’s drives.
“When you navigate to folders that sync with OneDrive, such as documents, pictures, etc., the address bar displays the correct path to help clarify when your folders are in the cloud and when they are local to you,” Microsoft noted. on.
Microsoft is still rolling out the new File Explorer experience and it won’t be for everyone.