Windows 11 Build 25136 is now available to users in the Dev Channel with a new tabbed file explorer and other functionality. While Microsoft maintains that Build 25136 is not tied to any particular release, the feature is still unlikely to debut in the production channel as Windows 11 22H2 has already reached RTM (being released to manufacturers/OEMs).
Windows 11 Build 25136 isn’t a huge release with tons of new features, but it finally brings support for much-anticipated tabs in File Explorer. Windows enthusiasts have asked Microsoft to improve the File Explorer interface by integrating tabs and other features.
Although File Explorer has been updated with features such as OneDrive integration and a modern ribbon design, one of the most requested ‘tabs’ of features in the explorer was missing. Today’s update finally brings tabs and a redesigned sidebar back to File Explorer on Windows 11.
The tab functionality is not immediately visible. Microsoft officials said it still has a chance to enable tabs in Explorer, but the feature isn’t ready for everyone yet as the company plans to test it with a small group of users for now.
Tabs in File Explorer is one of the features the company has been exploring for Windows since at least 2017. As some of you may recall, as far back as 2017, Microsoft tried to enable tabs in File Explorer with “Windows Sets,” which was supposed to add tabs for all Windows 10 apps — including Settings, Control Panel, File Explorer, and more.
Microsoft eventually canceled the project and decided to focus on fixing Edge by migrating it to the Chromium engine. The set feature isn’t coming back, but Microsoft has now started modernizing File Explorer by redesigning the sidebar and adding tabs to the title bar.
If you can’t wait for tabs to appear in preview builds, you can try a third-party app called “Files,” an alternative to File Explorer with a brand new look, themes, dual panels, tabs, and more.
What’s New in Windows 11 Build 25136
Windows 11 Build 25136 introduces a new sidebar for File Explorer that was originally teased during the Hybrid Work Event.
As you can see in the screenshot above, File Explorer gets a revamped layout on the left that makes it easy to navigate to important folders. The new File Explorer gives you access to pinned and frequently used folders and even your OneDrive profiles if you link the cloud storage to Windows 11.
There are also some other changes to the navigation pane. For example, Windows folders that are already in the navigation will no longer be displayed under This PC. This reduces clutter and allows you to organize the display for your PC’s drives.
Likewise, the address bar now correctly displays the path in the address when you visit synced OneDrive files, making it easy to find out if the folders are in the cloud or available locally.
The latest update of Windows 11 also brings dynamic widget updates to the taskbar. As you probably know, the Windows 11 taskbar is static, but it can display weather updates through the widget board.
Microsoft is now investigating support for more widgets content on your taskbar.
You can view weather updates on the taskbar and live updates from two widgets: sports and financial widgets. In addition, Microsoft plans to push breaking news alerts directly to the taskbar.
Windows 11 Build 25136 improvements†
- Microsoft now lets you report animated gifs if you find them inappropriate in the emoji panel.
- Microsoft has fixed an issue that caused PCs to be incorrectly detected as tablets. This bug accidentally enabled compact mode and disabled a feature that lets you hide checkboxes in File Explorer.
- Microsoft fixed an issue that caused the SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION bug check in recent Dev Channel builds.
- Microsoft has fixed an issue where taskbar apps overflow with the system tray icons.
- Microsoft has fixed an issue where the notification no longer blinks when you hover over an app.
- Microsoft has fixed an issue where Start can only display one column of recommended items.
- You can now easily pin a large number of apps to Start.
How do I install Windows 11 Build 25136
Until install Windows 11 Build 25136Follow these steps:
- Sign up for Windows Insiders Program†
- Open the Settings page†
- Switch to the V Channel†
- Click on “Check for updates” and select “Download and install†
- Click on “Restart now†