If you’re using Windows 11, then by now, your operating system should have received the October Minor Update, which corresponds to the larger Windows 11 2022 Update. This update includes a new feature that has been requested by users for a long time and is still very much appreciated today: tabbed browsing in File Explorer. You no longer need to keep separate windows open to open multiple folders!
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A very simple but very useful upgrade
This update can be considered a simple extension, the tabs inside File Explorer are just like the tabs inside an Internet browser. A compact way to move forward and backward without having to open a separate window. But in File Explorer, you’re probably used to opening a folder, using “copy” or “cut” to move files from one folder to another, then navigating through the file hierarchy to actually find that folder. But now you can do it much easier and faster.
The whole point of using tabbed file explorer is this: open one folder or drive in one tab, and open the desired folder or drive in another tab. You can then go back and forth simply making sure you’re copying the files into the correct folders. And of course, you can open other tabs in File Explorer at the same time as you like. simply.
How to work with File Explorer tabs
File Explorer tabs are now part of the File Explorer UI, provided you’re running an up-to-date version of Windows. (You can check Windows Update in the Windows 11 settings menu to be sure.)
To open a new tab, just go to the top of the File Explorer window and click the little “+” button next to the tab. Well, now a new tab will open. There seems to be no limit to the number of tabs, so you can open as many as you like.
To close the tab, you can click the small “X” in the upper right corner of the tab.
Of course, tabs can be dragged within the File Explorer interface to help move around. However, unlike a browser, you can’t drag them out of the current window to create a separate File Explorer window. You also can’t drag a folder to the navigation bar to create a new tab.
Remember, the tabs in File Explorer weren’t part of the Windows 11 2022 (22H2) update — they were added as part of a later, separate update. It’s all part of the new “Moments” strategy that Microsoft has implemented to add new features at unexpected times. So if you haven’t noticed it yet, it’s totally normal. But now that you know about it, you better get used to it, because it’s really worth it.
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