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  1. One of the user-favorite features of Windows 11 is the ability to create tabs in File Explorer. First noticed in Windows 11 Dev Channel build 22572 back in March, earlier this year, the feature finally reached general availability (G.A.) by October when it was ready for the Windows 11 2022 update (version 22H2). Tabbed File Explorer in Windows 11 However, while tabs in File Explorer only became available in Windows 11 22H2, Microsoft has been working on this feature for quite a while. That's because the Redmond company had first started testing and developing such a feature back when Windows 95 (Codenamed Chicago) was still not fully conceived. That is nearly 30 years ago. Amateur Windows historian and Twitter user @wowstartsnow brought this interesting finding to our attention. Old timers at Neowin who have been around for a very long time may remember this feature in case they had information on the insider happenings of the company. The reason for tabbed File Explorer in Windows 95 never making it to the final public release is anybody's guess. Perhaps the company thought the feature was too intensive for its time. Or perhaps it ran into a bug that was not fixable. Or maybe it was simply not ready in the state that Microsoft wanted. Interestingly, Microsoft also put out a similar feature in Windows 10 dubbed "Sets" which would allow the grouping of apps. Sadly, Sets was killed by Microsoft and it too never made out of Insider testing. Via: CCCX_XC (Reddit) Microsoft first tested a tabbed File Explorer in Windows 95 Beta
  2. A few days ago, we published a guide on how to disable File Explorer tabs in Windows 11, because not everyone cares for it. But, as it turns out, it seems you can switch to the Windows 10 File Explorer with very little effort, thanks to Microsoft's habit of leaving stuff behind when they replace things. Before we start, this trick works on the general release version of Windows 11, so you do not have to be a Windows Insider to benefit from this choice of File Explorer on Windows. First, open File Explorer and navigate to Control Panel from the Address bar, From Control Panel, open the navigation again from the Address bar and click on Home, Prepare to be shocked, it's the Windows 10 File Explorer, complete with ribbon! What's more, you can take your pick, open another Windows 11 File Explorer with tabs, and leave your Windows 10 File Explorer open. Go crazy! Take your pick! While we know there are ways to restore the Windows 10 File Explorer through the registry if you want, this seems like a low effort way to switch between the new and the old way, depending on your own preference, and so long as Microsoft doesn't clean up old bits of code anytime soon, you won't run the risk of registry tweaks being reset with patch updates. Thanks to DigitalFox on our forums for sending me this tip! Here's a low effort way to switch to Windows 10 File Explorer in Windows 11
  3. Tabbed File Explorer is probably the most exciting change in the "moment 1" update Microsoft started rolling out several days ago. Unfortunately, as Thanos once said, the reality is often disappointing. After installing the update, many users quickly discovered that tabbed File Explorer is raw, buggy, and lacks many features. If you do not want to deal with tabbed Explorer's shortcomings, here is how to disable it and restore the original variant Microsoft introduced in Windows 11 21H2. Note: Back up important data before turning on or off Windows features using third-party software. Such utilities could cause unexpected behaviors, crashes, or bugs. If you do not like tabs in File Explorer, the safest option is to stay on Windows 10. How to disable tabs in File Explorer in Windows 11 22H2? Windows 11 has no dedicated settings section for managing tabs and related features. Therefore, disabling tabbed File Explorer requires diving under the hood of the operating system using the ViveTool app. It is a command line-based utility we often use to enable hidden and experimental features in Windows 11 preview builds. Download ViveTool from GitHub and unpack the files somewhere convenient. Press Win + X and select Terminal (Admin). Switch Windows Terminal to Command Prompt profile by pressing Ctrl + Shift + 2 or clicking the arrow-down button at the top of the window. Navigate to the folder containing the extracted files using the CD command. For example, if you have extracted ViveTool to C:\Vive, type CD C:\Vive. Type vivetool /disable /id:37634385 and press Enter. Type vivetool /disable /id:36354489 and press Enter. Restart your computer. If you change your mind and want to restore tabbed File Explorer, repeat the steps above and replace /disable with /enable in the commands on steps 5 and 6. Are you happy with tabbed File Explorer in Windows 11 22H2, or do you plan to downgrade to the previous version? Let us know what you think in the comments. How to disable tabs in File Explorer in Windows 11
  4. If you follow this site, you know that Microsoft plans to launch the first feature drop for Windows 11 later this month. Included in the package is the long-awaited tab support in File Explorer. Designed to reduce clutter while using the default file browser of the Windows operating system, tabs in File Explorer look like a power user's dream come true on first glance. The core feature works similarly to tabbed browsing in web browsers. There is a plus icon to create a new tab, and a close icon to terminate it. Microsoft added the same keyboard shortcuts that browsers use, meaning that you may use Ctrl-T to open a new tab and Ctrl-W to close the active tab. A right-click menu displays the same options to complement the feature set. Internet users who use browsers that support tabs will feel right at home using the core tabbed browsing functionality. The missing features While you can create and close tabs in File Explorer once the feature lands, you may soon find out that the functionality is limited otherwise. The only other options right now are to drag tabs to reorder them, and to close all other tabs or tabs to the right using the context menu (no shortcuts for these, apparently). Want to drag a tab to create a new File Explorer instance, or drag a tab from one File Explorer window to another? These features are not supported, which means that you can't perform these common operations right now. There is also no history to quickly reopen a tab that has been closed, or an option to add a tab to the Quick Access, sorry Home, menu for permanent access. Lastly, there is no option to push each tab to individual File Explorer instances and display them aligned on the screen. Compared to free alternatives, some of which have been around for decades, Microsoft's implementation of tabs loses out. Programs like Explorer++ or XYplorer, or the "commander" applications, such as Free Commander, Altap Salamander, or Total Commander, offer richer sets of features. Closing Words File Explorer tabs, with all the current shortcomings, is still a work in progress. Microsoft could, in theory, launch the feature this month with the missing options to make it more useful. It seems more likely, however, that tabs will launch exactly the way they work right now in preview builds of Windows 11. It is possible that Microsoft has plans to add missing features at a later point in time. For now, tabs are still a nice-to-have feature to access multiple locations in a single File Explorer window. Now You: what is your view on Microsoft's implementation of tabs in File Explorer? Microsoft's implementation of Tabs in File Explorer is lacking severely
  5. In the fourth part of the series, we are taking a look at the default file manager tool File Explorer and the changes that Microsoft plans to introduce in the Windows 11 2022 update. Microsoft changed File Explorer in several key areas when it launched the new Windows 11 operating system in 2021. One of the most prominent changes was the introduction of the compact context menu, which File Explorer displays by default. Tip: here are instructions to restore the classic File Explorer context menu in Windows 11. The change was not the only one, as Microsoft streamlined the main toolbar of File Explorer, which resulted in many items being accessible only after an extra-click or two. Windows users who had hoped that Microsoft would address these issues in the upcoming feature update will be disappointed. There are other changes though, and the following paragraphs highlight all the important changes in File Explorer. File Explorer in the Windows 11 2022 Update Several elements have changed when you open File Explorer. The homepage, the first screen that opens when you launch the file manager, may look similar on first glance. The menubar at the top is identical to the 2021 version, but the sidebar has seen several changes. Quick Access has been renamed to Home, but the underlying function is still called Quick Access in menus. Microsoft replaced the star icon of Quick Access with a new Home icon to better visualize the change. In the main area of the homepage, Folders has been renamed to Quick Access. It offers the same functionality, but has been renamed. Files that are pinned are listed under Favorites, a new section of the File Explorer homepage. Files and folders may be added to the favorites via the context menu. Right-click on a file or folder and select the "add to favorites" entry to add it to the section on the homepage. Favorites are displayed on the homepage but not in the Quick Access listing of the sidebar. Search will find files and folders listed under favorites and recent files, even if these are not local files. Files hosted on OneDrive may be returned here. Home is not the only available entry point when File Explorer is opened. Windows 11 users may open This PC or OneDrive instead. Here is how that is configured: Open File Explorer. Select Menu > Options from the main toolbar at the top (menu is the three dots). Open the menu next to "Open File Explorer to" in the Folder Options window to make the selection: Home: the default selection. This PC: displays Quick Access folders and all connected drives. OneDrive: displays OneDrive content. OneDrive was missing in the release version of the Windows 11 operating system. Other file synchronization providers may add their services to the menu as well so that users may pick them as the start page when they open File Explorer. Folder Options list another new feature in Windows 11 2022 Update. The option to display files from Office.com is enabled by default. Windows 11 users who have no need for that may uncheck "Show files from Office.com" to disable the feature and remove file listings from Office.com. Folder previews Then folder preview feature is making a return in the upcoming feature update for Windows 11. Microsoft launched Windows 11 without it. Basically, what it does is provide a preview of the content of a folder in the folder's icon. If a folder contains images, one of the images may be displayed as a thumbnail in the folder's own icon. Other file types may show up as previews as well. Applications show up as the default application icon, and Office documents as a preview of one of the documents. Other file types may not show up as previews at all, or with generic icons only. Still, for Windows 11 users who use File Explorer to browse image or media collections, it may improve the experience. Shortcuts and the context menu Microsoft improves the full context menu shortcut in Windows 11 version 22H2. Windows 11 users can use the shortcut Shift-F10 to display the full context menu of the selected file, folder or drive. In the new feature update, users may also hold down the Shift-key and right-click on an item to display the full context menu right away, bypassing the compact one. Shift-F10 remains an option for keyboard-only users, but Shift-Right-Click is improving the experience for Windows users who prefer to use the mouse. The compact right-click context menu displays a few new options when certain items are active. Fonts .inf and .cer files display a new install option in the context menu now to improve the installation process for these. A right-click on This PC displays the new "Map network drive" and "Disconnect network drive" options, and a right-click on a connected network drive displays disconnect right away now in the new update. The same options are displayed as well when you right-click This PC in the navigation pane of File Explorer. Some items of the context menu have new icons. The new keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-C copies the full path of the selected file or folder to the Clipboard. Other changes The Share feature, which is listed as one of the available options in the toolbar, may display contacts, nearby people and apps now. The share menu opens right after selecting share, making it easier to share to users or apps that content is shared with on a regular basis. The available options depend on whether a local or Microsoft account is used, and which apps are installed on the device. Tabs in File Explorer It looks as if tabs won't be a part of the Windows 11 2022 Update, but will be delivered via a smaller update after the release of the first feature update. Tabs are one of the main features that Microsoft has been working on for a long time. Windows 11 users may open multiple different folders and drives in a single File Explorer when the feature lands, similarly to how tabbed-browsing works in modern web browsers. Closing words File Explorer in Windows 11 version 22H2 gets a handful of new features that improve it. The new full context menu shortcut option, folder previews, or the option to display cloud provider content when launching File Explorer need to be mentioned specifically. The update does not address the usability issues, on the other hand. There are still two context menus that users have to juggle between, and the main toolbar is still hiding options that were accessible right away previously. Windows 11 version 22H2: file explorer changes
  6. Earlier this week, Microsoft rolled out build 25179 to the Windows 11 Dev Channel, and it finally enabled the tabbed interface in File Explorer for everyone. Tabbed File Explorer has been officially available in the Dev Channel since build 25136 for a subset of users, and even before then, you could force-trigger it in build 22572. Now, it has been released for all Dev Channel Insiders. It is important to understand that tabbed File Explorer is not ready for public consumption by the masses yet, which is exactly why it is only available in the Insider Preview for those who opt-in to it. As such, it is naive to expect perfection or even stability from the feature. That said, when the feature does arrive officially, I expect it to have more capabilities than what are currently on offer. So, I have decided to jot down a list of functionalities that I would expect a tabbed interface to offer when, and if, it becomes generally available (GA). Seeing that Windows 11 version 22H2 is expected to land in a couple of months without this UX and Windows 11 version 23H2 being reportedly canceled, I would expect tabbed File Explorer to land sometime next year as a “moments” update, provided that it does hit GA. With that out of the way, let's begin! 1 - Better performance As it currently stands, tabbed File Explorer (which I'll just refer to as “File Explorer” for the rest of this article) isn't the most efficient piece of software out there. Although you'll be fine when using a couple of tabs, it does show notable jitter when you have multiple tabs open. In fact, I actually noticed that opening a new window of File Explorer seems to be a bit faster than opening a new tab. I know that this is preview software, so I'm not knocking on it. What I want to emphasize is that if this File Explorer does hit GA, I would want it to have way better performance than what it currently offers. I don't expect to open more than a few tabs at a time, but Microsoft has to think of the way the market is going to use it. The tabbed interface is quite similar to what we have in our browsers right now, and a lot of people have the habit of having dozens of tabs open simultaneously. The same user group might try to use the new File Explorer the same way and end up ditching the capability altogether if it doesn't meet their performance expectations. I fully understand that a browser and a File Explorer aren't equivalent, so they should not have the same performance targets. What I mean is that people may use them in the same way. As such, Microsoft needs to give this area some thought. One method would be to have some kind of “soft” limit or recommendation of how many tabs can be open simultaneously, and then giving people the option to change it to an arbitrary number if they are okay with the performance hit. There could be other ways to tackle this problem, this is just one of those. 2 - Merge tabs Something interesting that Microsoft could work on next could be the ability to “merge” tabs. Consider a use-case where you have two directories open, and you want to compare their content and manually copy-paste files between both. One way to do this would be to have two separate instances of File Explorer open and have them snapped next to each other. However, a tabbed interface is supposed to make the need for separate instances redundant to some extent, so you could also open the two directories in two tabs. The drawback here would be that you wouldn't be able to see both at the same time. As such, one avenue Microsoft could explore would be to give users the ability to merge tabs, where you can have multiple tabs open side by side depending on your screen real estate. You can see an example of this below where two tabs have been merged with the option to split them off again in separate tabs if you want: I don't think that this is an absolutely necessary feature, but I do believe that it could improve productivity for many people who are involved in workflows where they need to have multiple directories open while having the ability to view them simultaneously. Microsoft hasn't really added a lot of new functionalities to File Explorer in the past few years, so this could be a decent experiment. 3 - Better context menus for tabs Right now, File Explorer has a very bare-bones context menu specific to the tab. If you right-click on a tab, you'll get a small context menu that gives you these three options: Close tab Close other tabs Close tabs to the right It would be nice to have more options like Duplicate, Pin, and Merge, depending on the functionalities that Microsoft is planning for File Explorer in the long run. 4 - Persistent tab groups I can't help but draw comparisons between browsers and File Explorer due to the similar interface that they now offer. With that in mind, I also wouldn't mind having the ability to make tab groups. Now, I have a bunch of Neowin-related folders in different directories, so I would appreciate if I could create a tab group that contains all of those different directories. And then, there would be a single-click mechanism with which I could open a collection of tabs. Of course, you could pin those directories in the Favorites section and open them individually, but what I am proposing is the ability to open multiple pre-defined tabs with a single click. In theory, I could have separate directories containing Neowin logos, custom images, and other miscellaneous content open across multiple tabs with a single click. Since we are drawing comparisons to browsers, my preferred browser Chrome actually falters a bit in this space because the tab groups it offers are ephemeral in nature. You lose them if you close your browser window or restart your PC - unless you find them in your browser history. I would like File Explorer to overcome this problem by offering tab groups of a persistent nature. Personally, I'd love to experiment with something like this and see how it impacts my workflow. 5 - Drag and drop tabs as windows I feel like a major missing feature in File Explorer right now is the lack of ability to drag-and-drop a tab as a separate instance/window of File Explorer. People who use tabs in File Explorer quite heavily might want to de-clutter their interface a bit by dragging and dropping their windows across different instances. In essence, this would be a hybrid workflow where you are using both tabs and windows to de-clutter your workflows. However, this is not currently possible at all. You can drag-and-drop tabs in the same window, but you can't drop it as a new instance. I believe that it is very important to have this capability, and I would love it if Microsoft could implement it in the future. That's it for my wishlist for the features I want in tabbed File Explorer in Windows 11. Do you agree with the list? Do you have a wishlist of your own in this space too? Let us know in the comments section below! Top 5 features I want in tabbed File Explorer in Windows 11
  7. Start is All Back, a popular tool for fixing various annoyances in Windows 11, recently received an update with a new experimental setting that tweaks tabs in File Explorer. The current version of tabbed File Explorer (available for testing in the Dev, Beta, and Release Preview channel) looks more like the Edge browser, but the latest Start is All Back update lets you try a macOS-inspired variant. To try macOS-like tabs in File Explorer in Windows 11, you need to run the latest build from the Dev channel and have access to the default tabs in File Explorer. After that, install Start is All Back 3.4.9a and enable the Win10 Ribbon UI or Win7 Command Bar option on the Explorer tab. It is important to note that the alternative tabs for File Explorer in Windows 11 are a prototype feature, so you may encounter bugs or instabilities. Besides, the tabbed File Explorer itself is a one buggy thing that is not available for all users. If you want to try it, learn how to enable tabs in File Explorer in Windows 11 here. Which variant of File Explorer do you like more? The one from Microsoft or the macOS-inspired alternative? You can enable macOS-like tabs in File Explorer in Windows 11
  8. Microsoft announced tabs for File Explorer in Windows 11 earlier this year, but it took the company a while to release the first public preview. Tabbed File Explorer is currently available to some insiders in build 25136 from the Dev channel, and no software trickery is required to access it. Less lucky insiders need to utilize the popular Vivetool app to enable the long-promised tabs. Limited feature rollout is the unfortunate reality of the Windows Insider program. How to turn on tabs in File Explorer in Windows 11 build 25136? Before enabling Tabbed File Explorer, you need to update your computer to Windows 11 build 25136 from the Dev channel. Earlier preview builds also had a hidden config responsible for enabling tabs, but it no longer works. Important: Proceed at your own risk. Enabling hidden features that Microsoft is not ready to ship can cause instabilities and bugs. Also, we do not recommend installing builds from the Dev channel on your primary machine. Download Vivetool from its repository on Github using this link. Extract files wherever convenient, for example, on the drive C. Press Win + R and type cmd, then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter. This command will launch Command Prompt as Administrator. Type CD with the path to the Vivetool's folder and press Enter. For example, CD C:\Vivetool Type vivetool addconfig 37634385 2 and press Enter. Restart your computer to apply the changes. Once your computer boots back, launch File Explorer to check out its tabbed interface. Note that you might not get the redesigned navigation pane after enabling the config. If you want to disable Tabbed File Explorer in Windows 11 25136, repeat the steps above and use the delconfig 37634385 command on step 4. Guide: How to enable tabs in File Explorer in Windows 11 build 25136
  9. Microsoft changed the context menu in File Explorer when it launched the Windows 11 operating system. File Explorer has two context menus in Windows 11: the new compact menu opens first when users right-click on files or folders in the file manager. The classic context menu can be opened from that new menu, or by using shortcuts. There is also an option to restore the classic context menu in Windows 11's File Explorer, so that it opens by default. Programs may add their entries to the new context menu, but they need to have the right programming to do so. Windows 11 users may use the Windows app Custom Context Menu to add their custom entries to the File Explorer context menu in Windows 11. The open source program is available as a Microsoft Store application or on GitHub. The open source application is easy to use, but it still requires some explanation. You may use it to create as many root entries as needed in the File Explorer context menu. Programs and scripts may be added to these then. You could add one entry for media, another for programming files, and a third for image and photo editing tasks. Each entry has the following configuration options: Title -- the name that is displayed in File Explorer. Order -- the order of the item in the menu. Exe -- the path to the executable file. Param -- execution parameters. Icon -- the program icon. Match Folder -- execute on folder selections. Match File -- all file extensions that the item supports. Multiple entries can be added by separating them with a Space-character, e.g., .png .jpg. Multi Files -- support running items when multiple files are selected. One context menu root entry is set by default. A click on the settings icon displays options to change the name of the root entry and to create new root entries. Changes need to be saved before they become available. It is necessary to restart the explorer.exe process, restart the system, or sign out and in again to display the changes. Data is stored in a JSON file. Closing Words Windows 11 users who want to add new context menu entries to the new right-click Explorer menu may use Custom Context Menu to do so. The app is free and open source. The Store version has a price tag of $0.99, but an unlimited trial. Users who like the app may support the developer by making a purchase in the Store. Now You: what is your take on the new context menu in Windows 11? (via Deskmodder) Add Custom Context Menu items to Windows 11's File Explorer menu
  10. Panos Panay tease new File Explorer, Start Menu for Windows 10 We have seen earlier that Microsoft’s designers are working on a new Start Menu for Windows 10 (not Windows 10X) and now Panos Panay has posted a video celebrating 1 billion Windows 10 installations which appears to confirm that the changes and more are on the way. The video shows a new and stylish File Explorer with a simplified UI. It is notable for example for not having any address bar or menu bar, and the deep OneDrive integration is also clear. More surprisingly is that it also appears to support Google Drive. The video also teases other improvements. It also appears to show changes to the right-click menu, with the addition of a Go Back button. The video also shows a new Start Menu. That is notable for having much fewer live tiles, but it is otherwise not too dissimilar to what we have now. It is not clear when these improvements will be coming to Windows 10, but given that they have not yet been seeded to Insiders it seems unlikely to be in 2020. via WindowsLatest. Source: Panos Panay tease new File Explorer, Start Menu for Windows 10 (MSPoweruser)
  11. Hands-on with the new File Explorer beta on Windows 10 Earlier this week Microsoft released the second update for Windows 10x emulator which included the new File Explorer Beta. Last night we reported how you can install File Explorer beta on Windows 10 and now we have some screenshots to share what’s new in File Explorer beta. This is still the first beta release so it’s barebone compared to the actual File Manager on Windows 10. However, it does give some insights into Microsoft’s roadmap for the future. The first thing you will notice is the modern design which looks much better than the current File Manager. Moreover, Microsoft has also improved the animation which looks better than the current File Manager. However, the new manager is still choppy at best and is missing features. We expect Microsoft to keep updating the File Manager on Windows 10x emulator but the company has not commented on if the app will make its way to Windows 10 in the future. For now, the only way you can try it is to follow the steps in our initial article. That said, we don’t actually recommend doing it as this is not an approved Microsoft app and can damage your PC. If you’re really keen on trying it out then you should set up Windows Sandbox and install the app. Source: Hands-on with the new File Explorer beta on Windows 10 (MSPoweruser)
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    Restart Explorer 1.6

    Windows Explorer (or File Explorer) is a file management program providing a graphical user interface for accessing your file systems. It was introduced with Windows 95, Windows Explorer used frequently to browse your PC for files and folders.There are many instances where you need to reboot your PC. It could be that you’ve installed updates, installed a new software or may be your computer just hung up. All this scenarios usually need a system restart. Small issues (Windows explorer freezes , you can not delete some files…) could be taken care of by just restarting Windows explorer. There are many ways to restart File Explorer without rebooting for exampe Using Task Manager, Using Command-Prompt or PowerShell or you can hold Ctrl+Shift while right-clicking any empty area of the taskbar On the modified context menu, click the “Exit Explorer” command but all of these methods have their downsides. Therefore we have coded a small portable Application to restart windows Explorer (File Explorer). Restart Explorer has no GUI , usage is very simple just clik on it and it will restart File explorer. The difference of this software from others is ; if you open my computer, control panel, recycle bin… folder (which do not have a normal address) and restart windows explorer, open window will not come back with “Restart explorer” these open windows can be restored, It has also Command prompt support, to see all the supported parameters use “Rexplorer.exe /?” command. Supported operating systems: Windows 11 , Windows 10 , Windows 8.1 , Windows 8 , Windows 7 , Windows Vista , Windows Xp – (x86 & x64) Restart Explorer v1.6 – (Wednesday, November 24, 2021) [FIXED] – Conflict with 7-zip [ADDED] – Some code improvements Home: https://www.sordum.org/9192/restart-explorer-v1-6/ Download: https://www.sordum.org/files/download/restart-explorer/Rexplorer.zip Checksums: File: Rexplorer_x64.exe │ Virustotal MD5: 50084263a1fcb012c2b4c9e91857c92f SHA1: 61767b0965a46e7d7a6a21295f60d44efca540b6 File: Rexplorer.exe │ Virustotal MD5: be4c4f60bba9f07ed80b47506017a0ac SHA1: e05423363c83fc3924847d968628b716777d825e
  13. To get the most out of Windows 10 as an advanced user, you’ll need a file manager and a really good one at that. To be honest, there are quite a few free file managers out there, and most of them are good enough for the job. However, at the end of the day I chose to settle on Explorer++, so let’s explain why I made this decision. You see, one of the things we like about Explorer++ is the fact that the program is lightweight, therefore, it won’t take up a lot of system resources when in use. Additionally, the user interface is easy to understand and good to look at. Now, while it does share a few features found in Windows Explorer, we like the fact that it comes with tabbed browsing. For some strange reason, Microsoft is taking a long time to implement tabbed browsing in Windows 10, and that’s not cool. As a person who’ve been using Linux Ubuntu alongside Windows 10 for years, I must say that native tabbed browsing within the file manager works. This has been part of Ubuntu for years, so it’s time for Microsoft to step up. Until then, I’ll be using an Explorer alternative software to better manage our files for the long-term. Explorer++ – alternative to Windows 10 File Explorer 1] Create new tabs In order to create a new tab for a particular folder, you must right-click on that folder, then select Open in New Tab. Now, the tool does not require a steep learning curve because, for the most part, it works the same as Windows Explorer. 2] Bookmarks What we like about this tool is the option it gives to bookmark tabs. It might not sound very useful, but if you’re the type of person who tends to manage files on a regular basis, it will come in handy, no doubt. OK, so to bookmark a tab, simply create the tab, then click on Bookmarks, and finally, select the option that says Bookmark This Tab. If you have a lot of bookmarked tabs, click on Organize Tabs to get things under control. 3] Tools Users can search the entire system and customize colours with ease via the Tools menu. Furthermore, folks can get to the Options menu directly from here. 4] Options As in most cases, the Options window gives the user the ability to change how an app operates, and the same can be said here. Folks can choose whether or not they want they want to load a default tab or a previous tab on start-up. Interestingly enough, users can decide from the Options window if they want to replace the default Windows Explorer with Explorer++. We suspect that those who are not fans of what Microsoft has to offer will choose to replace. We also like the fact that there are ways to hide protected operating system files and some file extensions. Also, if folks want to single-click to open files and folders, then this can be done with ease. In fact, it’s much easier to turn on and off certain features with Explorer++ when compared to Windows File Explorer. Download Explorer++ directly from the official website right now. Source: Explorer++ is a great alternative to Windows 10 File Explorer (The Windows Club)
  14. In terms of cosmetic improvements, Windows 11 is a big upgrade. It comes with a new Start Menu, Fluent Design elements, new inbox apps, rounded corners and more. In addition to these design overhauls, Windows 11 also comes with a new File Explorer and Settings app. File Explorer is getting a new header menu, modern context menu and minor improvements. On the other hand, the Windows Settings app has been completely redesigned with a new layout optimized for all form factors, and it also comes with new customization options. Settings app Windows 11 Settings app interface has been updated with a new sidebar on the left side. The sidebar is visible when you navigate between different pages, so you can easily go back to a particular page. Microsoft has finally enabled breadcrumbs support in the Settings app to help users navigate between different pages of the app. Windows 11's Settings app features a new personalization page, new network connections, a power usage page, and more. Additionally, Microsoft is making it difficult to change default apps like your default web browser. The default apps page within the Settings app now requires you to select apps for all file formats. For example, if you want to switch to Chrome or Firefox from Microsoft Edge, you'll need to manually configure the browser for various URLs, such as HTML and HTM. File Explorer Windows 11 doesn't come with a tablet mode, so File Explorer has been optimized for touchscreen devices. The existing interface has been updated with additional padding and Fluent icons to optimize the File Explorer for both desktop and touch users. These changes include a new context menu that will help users with touchscreen, so they can easily interact with files, select or delete/rename files, as shown in the below screen. Microsoft is replacing the Windows 8-era ribbon toolbar with a redesigned top menu called "command bar" allowing you quick access to commonly used actions like share, delete, rename, etc. The new menu uses the Mica effect, which is an opaque, dynamic material that incorporates theme and desktop wallpaper to paint the background of File Explorer. The ... menu now lets you access the advanced configuration options available in Windows 10's File Explorer. In addition to these design improvements, Microsoft has also enabled support for CTRL + Left / Right arrow when changing the name of the files. This lets you move the cursor between words in the file name, as well as CTRL + Delete and CTRL + Backspace to delete words at a time, like other apps and tools. Microsoft has also updated the context menu and icons to match the rest of the operating system. Hands on with Windows 11's new Settings and File Explorer
  15. Windows 11's general availability is just a couple of weeks away, and while we have covered its main features from a bird's eye-view already, we have also been diving deeper into the capabilities on offer to provide our thoughts on the changes via our Closer Look series too. So far, we have taken a look at Search, Widgets, the Start menu, Snap Layouts and Snap Groups, the Taskbar, quick settings and notifications, Virtual Desktops, power and battery settings, and default apps configurations in Windows 11. Today, we'll be taking a look at a crucial part of the OS - from an end-user perspective -, namely, File Explorer. For the purpose of this hands-on, we'll be taking a look at Windows 11 build 22000.194 that was released to the Beta Channel a couple of days ago versus a publicly available and up-to-date Windows 10 (version 21H1 build 19043.1237). As usual, it is important to note that the OS is still under active development so it's possible that some of the features we talk about may change by the time of Windows 11's general availability. File Explorer in Windows 10 Instead of discussing the features and capabilities present in Windows 10 this time, I just want to focus on the UI of File Explorer. This is because it will take me a lifetime if I start writing about each and every feature. Frankly, I'm not even aware of all the capabilities it offers, and that's because my usage of File Explorer is highly dependent on my use-cases. There might be faster and better ways to perform the activities I do in File Explorer, but I don't Google (or Bing, or anything else for that matter) the most optimal way to complete a task on the software, unless I am blocked. So, I'll just briefly talk about the UI. File Explorer offers a ton of customization options on this front, you could have checkboxes next to each item, file previews, file extensions, thumbnail size, sorting and filtering techniques, and whatnot when it comes to UI. There's also a ribbon which shows you categories like File, Home, Share, View, and more, depending upon the file you have clicked on. I find it quite satisfactory to use and I think it's a powerful utility to have. File Explorer in Windows 11 Coming over to File Explorer in Windows 11, the first thing you'll likely notice is the new icons for Windows folders like Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos. This extends to other system icons like that for devices and drives as well as user-created folders. The new File Explorer also contains rounded corners, which is a design staple for Windows 11. I personally like the design revamp because it just feels fresher. Another thing you'll likely notice is that Microsoft has done away with the traditional File Explorer ribbon, which has now been replaced with a set of quick action buttons. Depending upon the file you have clicked on, you'll see a set of quick action items such as New, Cut, Copy, Paste, Rename, Share, Delete, Sort, and View. This has all the options I need for most use-cases so I'm not bothered by this change at all. In fact, it simplifies the UI for me so I can quickly perform common tasks. File Explorer ribbon drop-down in Windows 11 But if you're thinking about how you would perform other more advanced tasks, fret not. Microsoft has added a drop-down in the same quick actions pane that offers you some more customization, and groups other in the "options" category. More options for File Explorer in Windows 11 While I haven't done a one-to-one comparison between all the configurations present in Windows 10 versus Windows 11, but I was able to most of the options I was looking for. As stated previously, I have never used all the utilities available in File Explorer anyway, but Microsoft hasn't detailed any functionality being deprecated from File Explorer in Windows 11. So if the company did remove any functionality behind-the-scenes without announcing it, I am yet to find it. Context menu for File Explorer in Windows 11 There is a new context menu (or "right-click menu", depending upon what you call it) and just like the simplified ribbon in File Explorer, you'll see a set of quick actions like Cut, Copy, Rename, Share, and Delete in the pane at the top followed by some other functionalities below it. All the other options that you are likely used to on Windows 10 have been moved to the "Show more options" setting. That said, this is not a File Explorer-specific setting but is similar across the desktop's context menu too. As such, I plan to cover it separately in a dedicated Closer Look article in the near future. That's pretty much it when it comes to File Explorer in Windows 11. No new functionalities to speak of (or nothing that I have found yet) but a bunch of design changes that I welcome. The UI is much more simplified and easier to use, especially for people like myself who only use the most common functionalities. That said, if there was one new capability I would really appreciate in File Explorer, that would be the ability to have tabbed instances in the same app. I think this would enhance my productivity tenfold. Microsoft announced this interface revamp under the brand name "Sets" back in 2017, but the project was shelved in 2019. It isn't a part of Windows 11 either, which is a bit disappointing. I wasn't expecting it to be there at all, but given the mockups and general enthusiasm we have seen for the feature online, I really hope Microsoft considers starting development on it again. Closer Look: File Explorer in Windows 11
  16. File Explorer, the default file management tool of Windows 11, is not the same tool that users of Windows 10 use to manage files. Microsoft redesigned large parts of File Explorer, and all of the changes can be described with a single word: minimalism. Windows 11 is still in development, and while there is not a lot of time left until the official release date October 5th, 2021, there is a chance that things may change. It seems unlikely that File Explorer will see major changes this short for release, though. When you open File Explorer in Windows 11, you will notice several changes immediately. Gone is the ribbon toolbar with its tab and functions; Microsoft replaced it with a single toolbar that displays just a few core options. Some options are only visible in certain locations, others all the time. The main interaction options allow users to create new files, folders and other items, cut, copy, paste, rename, share and delete items. Additional items may be displayed, such as ejecting a disc when an optical drive is selected. The sort menu lists available sorting options, and view options to change the layout and design of items in File Explorer, to enable compact view mode, and some other options, hidden under "show", e.g. to show file extensions all the time. There is also a three dots menu at the top, which displays additional options, such as selection options, copy path, properties and the folder options. How does it stack up against Windows 10's ribbon toolbar in File Explorer? Some options have been merged, e.g. the New folder and New item menus have been merged into the New menu in Windows 11's File Explorer. Others, are nowhere to be seen. Move to and Copy to are not available anymore, and neither are pin to Quick access, grouping options, adding columns, making all columns fit the window, or the link to remove access or advanced security. Some of these may be available elsewhere, e.g. in the properties window when it is opened, or when right-clicking on column headers to add or remove columns. The new toolbar is not the main usability issue though. Microsoft has probably analyzed data that it has on File Explorer usage and removed options that were not used a lot. The main usability issue becomes apparent when you right-click on items. Microsoft developed a new right-click menu design and layout. It is as streamlined as the new toolbar in File Explorer, and when you compare it to the right-click menu of Windows 10's File Explorer, you will notice that a lot of options are missing. Some context menu options are displayed only if the right file type is selected, but core options are missing from the menu. Microsoft did not remove the classic menu entirely though, as it is spawned when you activate the "show more options" link or press Shift-F10. The classic menu is then displayed in all its glory and with all the missing options of the new File Explorer menu. Several things need to be noted. First, if you install third-party applications that add their own items to the context menu, then you will notice that these are not displayed in the new menu. Maybe it is required to adjust the installer to make that happen, but at least in the preview builds, all third-party context menus are displayed only when you open the classic menu using "show more options". The decision is terrible for usability. Want to zip files quickly using a program such as 7-Zip, WinRar or PeaZip? Then you need to right-click the selection, select show more options, and then select the archive options of the program that you installed. Some native options are also only displayed in the classic menu. Restore previous version, pin to taskbar, create shortcut, or give access to are only displayed in that menu, and not the simple one. Closing Words File Explorer on Windows 11 has serious usability issues. Besides the stripped down main toolbar menu that hides many of the options in sub-sub-menus, it is the dual-windowed right-click context menu that needs to be mentioned specifically. Having to juggle between the simple new menu and the full menu that needs to be spawned from the simple menu or by using a keyboard shortcut, is impacting usability significantly. Will File Managers, similarly to Start replacement applications on Windows 10, make a comeback on Windows 11 as a consequence? Windows 11's File Explorer has serious usability issues
  17. Microsoft's soon-to-be-released Windows 11 operating system comes with a redesigned File Explorer application to manage files and folders on the operating system. Gone are the times of the ribbon and tabs, Microsoft decided to simplify the File Explorer application. The main toolbar lists just nine options by default, some of which open menus that list options that were accessible directly before. Core File Explorer functions such as cut, copy and paste are still available as buttons, everything else is available in nested menus. Microsoft changed the design of the drive, file and folder listing as well in Windows 11. While you do get the list of files and folders, sizes, types, modification dates and other information displayed to you when you open File Explorer, you may notice that there is lots of whitespace between items. The following screenshot shows the default view mode of Windows 11's File Explorer: Compare that with the Compact View mode that File Explorer supports as well: If you want more files and folders to be displayed at the same time, you need to enable Compact View in File Explorer on Windows 11 to achieve that. It is unclear why Microsoft decided to make the "other" mode the default. Was it for aesthetic reasons or to make file handling more comfortable for users of touch devices? The second option seems unlikely, as Microsoft could have implemented a check that would enable the larger view mode for touch device users and leave the more compact option enabled for everyone else. Compact View is available for all Windows 11 users; it needs to be enabled though, and many users may miss out on that mode and endure the less usable mode in the process. Do the following to enable Compact View: Open File Explorer. Select View > Compact View. Not exactly rocket science, but if you never open the View menu, you will never stumble upon that option. Tip: the view menu has options to display hidden files and file extensions for all files under the submenu "show" as well. Closing Words Some Windows 11 users may prefer the default view of File Explorer. It is certainly better for touch device users as it makes selecting files less error-prone. Non-touch device users on the other hand may prefer the compact file listing option as it makes it easier to work with files on the system as more as displayed without having to scroll. It seems to me that designers and users are increasingly at odds when it comes to weighting design and usability. Enable Compact View in Windows 11's File Explorer for improved usability
  18. Hands on with Windows 11 File Explorer and Settings Windows 11 preview is now available for Windows Insiders and it will begin rolling out to the mainstream audience later this year. In addition to redesigned Start Menu and rounded corners, Windows 11 also comes with a new File Explorer and Settings app. While File Explorer is getting minor improvements, the Windows Settings app has been completely redesigned with a new layout and additional customization options. File Explorer By default, File Explorer is now optimized for tablet users. Windows 11 doesn't come with a dedicated tablet mode, so Microsoft is optimizing the existing interface for both desktop and touch users. These changes include a new context menu that will help users with touchscreen, so they can easily interact with files, select or delete/rename files. File Explorer As mentioned, the File Explorer interface is not changing dramatically, but there are several noticeable changes. For example, Microsoft is replacing the Windows 8-era ribbon toolbar with a redesigned top menu called "command bar" allowing you quick access to commonly used actions like share, delete, rename, etc. The ... menu lets you access the advanced configuration options currently available in Windows 10's File Explorer. File Explorer command bar In addition to these design improvements, Microsoft is also adding support for CTRL + Left / Right arrow when changing the name of the files. This lets you move the cursor between words in the file name, as well as CTRL + Delete and CTRL + Backspace to delete words at a time, like other apps and tools. If you don't like the new command bar, you can restore the ribbon design by following these steps: Open Registry Editor. In Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced For "Advanced" folder, create a New->DWORD (32-bit) Name it SeparateProcess and change the value to 1. Close the editor and reboot. Windows Settings Windows 11 Settings app is getting a redesigned layout that looks similar to Control Panel. Like Control Panel, the settings app is now using a new navigation menu on the left side. Microsoft has also added support for breadcrumbs, which should help you easily navigate between different pages of Settings. Windows 11 has redesigned individual settings pages, including the Network connections and Power usage (battery) pages, as shown below. Properties The battery settings will now display graphs to show the device's battery performance and usage over time. Windows battery settings You can view the device's battery level throughout the day or the last seven days. You can also view the battery performance for each app over the past seven days. Hands on with Windows 11 File Explorer and Settings
  19. We may still see File Explorer ads in the future Microsoft appears to be testing a new type of ad inside File Explorer on Windows 11. Microsoft MVP and Twitter user Florian Beaubois discovered an ad in the latest test build of Windows 11, prompting users to check out the Microsoft Editor. While the ads might have appeared for some Windows 11 users, Microsoft says it was a mistake. “This was an experimental banner that was not intended to be published externally and was turned off,” says Brandon LeBlanc, senior program manager for Windows, in a statement to The Verge. While the ads weren’t intended to be tested externally, it’s clear Microsoft is capable of running them inside Windows 11, and the company’s brief statement doesn’t rule out ads appearing in the File Explorer in the future. This isn’t the first time Microsoft has placed ads inside File Explorer, either. The software maker added a large banner ad to the Windows 10 File Explorer in 2017, promoting subscription options for its OneDrive cloud storage service. While the ads can be easily dismissed, they’re still a frustrating experience in an operating system that’s traditionally been ad-free. Microsoft has been experimenting with ads inside Windows for a decade now. It already places ads on the Windows 10 lock screen and in the Start menu, and there have been plenty instances of annoying pop-up ads in the taskbar, too. Lots of Windows 8’s built-in apps also had ads inside them. Sadly, Microsoft isn’t alone in advertising its own services in its operating system or apps. Apple spams you with offers for Apple Music, Apple Fitness, and iCloud if you buy a new iPhone, and we’ve even seen full-screen ads for Apple TV Plus if you own Apple’s TV hardware. Google will hound you with pop-up ads until you give in and buy a YouTube Premium subscription. Microsoft says Windows 11 File Explorer ads were ‘not intended to be published externally’
  20. Windows 11 users may soon see more ads in the system's default file browser File Explorer. The ads were spotted by Twitter user Florian (@flobo09) who published the following screenshot on the social messaging service. The screenshot shows the upper part of a File Explorer window. Below the address field is an ad for Microsoft Editor, a spelling and grammar checker by Microsoft that is available for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. Write with confidence across documents, emails, and the web with advanced writing suggestions from Microsoft Editor. It appears that Microsoft is using File Explorer to advertise some of its products. Another user replied stating that Microsoft was suggesting to "check out PowerPoint templates on the official website" in File Explorer. The new attempt to cross-promote its products in Windows is not the first run at displaying ads in File Explorer. Back in 2017, Microsoft started to advertise its OneDrive service in File Explorer on Windows 10 devices. The Windows 10 ad in File Explorer advertised an Office 365 subscription that would give users 1 Terabyte of OneDrive storage space plus access to Office apps. The advertisement was not the first to show up on Windows 10 devices. Users spotted ads in various locations, including the lockscreen, the start menu, the share menu, and the taskbar. The ads that Microsoft shows to Windows Insiders in File Explorer on Windows 11 have little to do with File Explorer itself. Microsoft Editor is a browser extension and PowerPoint templates are only useful for use in PowerPoint, not in File Explorer. Windows 11 and 10 systems show ads by default. Microsoft has different names for these, including "sync provider notifications" or "tips and suggestions". Sync Provider notifications can be turned off in the following way on Windows 11: Open File Explorer.. Select Menu > Three-Dots > Options at the top. Switch to the View menu when the Folder Options window opens. Scroll down until you find "show sync provider notifications". Uncheck that box. Click ok. OnMSFT suggests that users can disable the new File Explorer ad system by turning off tips and suggestions in the Windows 11 Settings. Here is how that is done: Select Start > Settings. Open System and then Notifications. Scroll all the way down on the page that opens and uncheck "Get tips and suggestions when I use Windows". This should take care of the File Explorer ads. The advertisement was spotted in recent Insider builds of Windows 11 only; these are development builds of Windows that are used for testing. It is possible that the ads won't make it into stable versions of Windows, but it is too early to tell. Another option that users may have is to use a different file manager for Windows. We reviewed a few recently, including NexusFile, Sigma File Manager, and Imperium. Now You: what is your take on this? (via Deskmodder) Microsoft is testing File Explorer ads in latest Windows 11 Insider build
  21. In the latest Windows 11 preview build, Microsoft offers a set of improvements and fixes to test. There are welcomed changes but none of them are groundbreaking. Still, enthusiasts quickly discovered that Microsoft is hiding some truly exciting changes in build 22572. Windows users have been asking Microsoft to bring tabs to File Explorer for many years with little to no luck. In 2017, Microsoft finally gave in and added a tabbed interface (Windows Sets) to preview versions of Windows 10. Unfortunately, shortly after the initial tests, Microsoft killed Windows Sets, and the operating system spent the next five years without tabs in File Explorer. It appears that Microsoft decided to dig out the old idea, and Windows 11 is finally getting a tabbed interface in File Explorer. In his Twitter account, Rafael Rivera (@WithinRafael) revealed that you can now enable tabs in File Explorer in Windows 11 22572 Although Microsoft is yet to announce tabs in File Explorer, the feature already looks quite promising. It works as one may expect, and there is even tab overflow support (File Explorer displays additional buttons for scrolling tabs when you open too many). However, it is worth mentioning that enabling hidden features in Windows 11 may cause some software trouble, so unless you have a computer or VM to spare, you better wait for Microsoft to make an official announcement. Meanwhile, you can try third-party file managers, such as the Files app or Groupy, that offer tabs and other advanced features missing in stock File Explorer. Microsoft is finally adding tabs to File Explorer in Windows 11
  22. With the Windows 11 Dev Channel receiving quite a flurry of new features in recent builds, we decided that now is a good time to resume our Closer Look series in which we discuss specific features in dedicated articles. So far, we have taken a look at App folders in Start menu, Task Manager, and Snap Layouts in Windows 11 Dev Channel. Today, we will be talking about enhancements in File Explorer. It is important to note that our screenshots are from build 22563 which rolled out to the Dev Channel yesterday, but some of the capabilities we talk about are present both in the latest build as well as the one preceding it, which is build 22557. We have a few notable changes to talk about when it comes to recent enhancements to the File Explorer in Windows 11 Dev Channel. Build 22557 added the ability to pin individual files to Quick Access by using the right-click context menu as can be seen in the screenshot above. Previously, it was only possible to pin folders. Once you pin a file, you will be able to see it in the "Pinned files" section in Quick Access, as shown in the screenshot above. Personally, I can't believe that this capability wasn't present in the OS before and that I never even realized that having such a feature could be so useful. I personally have lots of use-cases for this, especially on my work machine, considering I have to download lots of files and it makes sense to just keep pinning the important ones to Quick Access for increased convenience. That said, it appears that it is not possible for pinned files to appear in the Quick Access pane on the left, which is kind of a bummer. I do wish Microsoft considers giving people the option to pin at least a limited number of files to the pane on the left as well. Another feature introduced in build 22557 is a OneDrive button in the top-right of File Explorer. It is important to note that this button only appears if you have integrated OneDrive to File Explorer and are currently in the OneDrive directory. Since it does not appear at all times, I don't find it intrusive at all. The button presents you with some information and a couple of options. It shows you your sync status and utilization of storage capacity. It also allows you to manage storage, view the directory online, and modify some settings. Clicking on the first two options opens your web browser and I am happy to confirm that Microsoft respects your default browser configuration here and does not force you to open Edge. However, the last option - which is settings - opens a legacy OneDrive settings UI (screenshot above). It does have some trappings of the Windows 11 design language such as rounded corners, but it's clearly a legacy interface. I do wish Microsoft updates this to make it fully consistent to Windows 11. Another nifty capability introduced in Dev Channel build 22557 is the ability to see a preview of items in a folder. This happens when you have the folder view set to pretty much anything except List or Details. An example with extra large icons can be seen above. Personally, I don't see much of a utility for it, it seems to be more of an aesthetic preference. Build 22557 also added a new feature where you can share files through Outlook directly without opening the dedicated app, provided that you have installed the Microsoft Office Outlook Desktop Integration app through the Microsoft Store. As can be seen in the screenshot above, this can be a very handy capability for active Outlook users, but for me, clicking the related option constantly resulted in the context menu crashing. I'm not sure if this is the case for everyone but this is why I have used Microsoft's screenshot to showcase the potential ability rather than my own non-existent screenshot. This is one thing I'll definitely be filing in the Feedback Hub. Finally, there are couple of other backend changes introduced to File Explorer in the latest build 22563 yesterday too. The first is that Quick Access search now includes contents from OneDrive, Downloads, and any indexed location. The other is that files shared to you from another OneDrive will now also show thumbnails and work with OneDrive sharing. Sounds nice on paper, but this is not something that fits in my usual use-cases so I can't talk much about their benefits. All in all, it's nice to see that File Explorer enhancements is something that Microsoft has been focusing on in recent Dev Channel builds. Its implementations clearly aren't perfect yet (looking at you, Outlook sharing context menu which consistently crashes), but some instability is expected from a Dev Channel build. I'd love to see Microsoft make more UX improvements to the pinned files in Quick Access and maybe Microsoft should make OneDrive settings a more native part of File Explorer for those who use the service. However, it is important to note that Dev Channel builds are not tied to a specific Windows release, so it's possible that Microsoft brings these features to the generally available version of Windows 11, but it's also possible that the company stops development on them altogether, if it sees issues related to utility, design, or more. What do you think of the File Explorer enhancements present in recent Dev Channel builds of Windows 11? Let us know in the comments section below! Closer Look: File Explorer in Windows 11 Dev Channel
  23. Windows enthusiasts recently discovered that Microsoft is working on a tabbed interface for File Explorer, but the first implementation (not available publicly for testing) is half-baked at best. Our Closer Look at tabs in File Explorer revealed that it lacks many features and overall needs more polishing. The good news is that Microsoft appears to be working on improving tabs in File Explorer. The latest preview build of Windows 11 restored the ability to enable tabs, and it brought some much-needed improvements. The main highlight is that users can now rearrange open tabs, something we are used to in every modern browser. Press and hold a tab, then drag it to wherever convenient. Moving a tab outside the current window launches a new instance of File Explorer, but you cannot move a tab from one window to another. That is one of the many improvements Microsoft still needs to implement. Like Microsoft Edge, File Explorer in Windows 11 lets you switch tabs using shortcut keys. Press Ctrl + Tab to move to the next tab and Ctrl + Shift + Tab to switch to the previous tab. This area also needs more work, as File Explorer does not cycle through all tabs. You cannot keep pressing Ctrl + Tab to move from the last to the first tab. All the rough surfaces and missing features are probably one of the reasons Microsoft hides tabs in File Explorer from the public for now, but if you are curious to take a closer look, check out how to enable tabs in File Explorer in Windows 11. It is worth noting that Windows Insiders should not get their hopes too high, as there is no guarantee that Microsoft will push tabbed Explorer to the stable channel. Windows developers have made it clear that Dev builds would contain experimental features, and some of those capabilities might not make it to the public at all. Windows Sets is one of the features Microsoft killed after brief testing in preview builds. Hopefully, things will go another way this time, and Windows users will get the feature they have been asking for many years. Microsoft is slowly improving tabs in File Explorer in Windows 11
  24. Windows 11 has been rolling out for around 2 weeks to regular users, but the operating system continues to have a number of issues. Microsoft recently rollout out Windows 11 Build 22000.282 to Beta and Release Preview Channel Insiders which contains a large number of fixes, including for the AMD performance problem, and that should be rolling out to regular Windows 11 users by the end of the month. The operating system however has other performance issues, including one users are complaining about affecting File Explorer. Users are complaining of poor performance when they drag to select files, a rather basic feature of File Explorer. Microsoft says their investigation revealed that the Command Bar was doing unnecessary calculations when navigating to folders, causing an unexpected increase decrease in performance. A fix for this is currently being tested in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22478 which is currently in the Dev channel. If no serious issues show up the fix will presumable be backported to Windows 11 Build 22000. via WindowsLatest Microsoft is testing fix for Windows 11 File Explorer performance issue in Dev channel
  25. Windows 11, which has been released by Microsoft earlier this month, has a number of known issues that affect the performance of certain systems. One major issue affects AMD processors, which may see a performance drop by up to 15% on Microsoft's newest operating system. The situation worsened after the release of the first cumulative update for Windows 11 this Tuesday. A patch is already available for testing but stable version users need to wait a bit longer before it is made available to their machines. Microsoft confirmed another performance issue on Windows 11 this week. The company released build 22478 to the Developer channel, bringing new fluent emoji to the operating system and a number of fixes. One fix addresses the performance issue in File Explorer, which occurs when users navigate between folders in File Explorer. Fixed an issue where the command bar was doing unnecessary calculations when navigating to folders, causing an unexpected decrease in performance. This is also believed to be the root cause of performance issues when using drag to select files, as well as using the arrow keys to navigate in certain folders. Folder navigation is one of the core activities in File Explorer, considering that users need to navigate to different folders often to access files stored in those folders. Microsoft did not reveal details on the performance degradation, only that File Explorer's new Command Bar is performing unnecessary calculations. The Command Bar replaced the traditional Ribbon interface of File Explorer in Windows 10. The new File Explorer has usability issues, e.g. that it has two context menus instead of just one when users right-click. First, the new Microsoft designed one with just a few functions, and then the Windows 10 menu with all functions. The classic File Explorer context menu can be restored, however. Some of the options change depending on the type of folder or drive that is displayed. A CD or DVD drive may display additional options, e.g. eject, than a regular folder on a hard drive. Drag & drop operations, and keyboard navigation are always affected by the performance issue. There is no workaround for the issue currently. Affected users may use a third-party file manager for the time being. Options include recently reviewed apps such as Imperium, Sigma File Manager, or Altap Salamander. The fix is being tested in the developer build currently. Microsoft has not revealed an ETA for the update, but a likely target is the next cumulative update for Windows 11, which will be released on November 9, 2021. Closing Words It is usually a good idea to wait months before upgrading Windows to a new version. The smaller updates for Windows 10 that Microsoft released since 2020 may be an exception, as they happen to introduce less bugs and issues. Users who upgraded to Windows 11 this month face a number of issues, of which only some are confirmed officially by Microsoft. Windows 11 File Explorer may slow down PCs
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