Windows 11 22H2 is now rolling out to consumers in 190 countries, and it comes with a handful of new features, such as a dark-themed Task Manager and drag-and-drop support. One of the flagship upgrades of Windows 11 22H2 is the File Explorer tabs, the most requested feature.
Microsoft has confirmed that it will add tabs to File Explorer in the latest Windows 11 update, but this feature isn’t shipping today. The File Explorer tab support was added to preview versions much later, and Microsoft is still working on fixing the remaining bugs. The company hopes to release the feature in October.
The Windows community is particularly pleased with this new addition, as support for the updated File Explorer was first requested back in the days of Windows XP. It goes without saying that moving files between folders/locations with a single instance of Explorer can be tricky.
At the same time, opening more than one separate Windows 11 File Explorer window can be overwhelming. The integration of tabs eliminates both issues, so it’s no wonder it’s such a requested feature.
As you can see in the screenshot above, the File Explorer tabs feature works as you would expect. It has a tab stripe at the top of the interface and you can click the plus icon to open a new tab. You can also navigate or scroll through the tabs with your mouse, a functionality previously only possible through third-party tools.
It’s worth mentioning again that this feature has not yet been officially added to Windows 11 22H2 (Build 22621) and is currently only available through the latest preview build (Build 22622), which is believed to be the October Moment update is for the operating system.
Other features coming to Windows 11 in October
Microsoft is also working on a major update for the Photos app. The update is expected to introduce a new way to manage your photos, such as gallery and albums.
It will also just be the browsing experience and help you find your collection of photos in minutes. You can easily back up photos to OneDrive and sync everything across all your devices. This backup integration is apparently used for Microsoft’s OneDrive “Memories” experience.
Another new functionality is “Suggested Actions”. You can click on any number or date and copy it to the clipboard to get suggested actions. For example, if you copy a phone number, suggested actions prompt you to open apps like Skype or Microsoft Teams. Likewise, copying a date activates calendar app suggestions.
Other upcoming features include:
- Taskbar Overflow: A new menu that allows you to view a list of open apps if there are too many things on the taskbar.
- Share to more devices: Easily share content with more devices by sharing nearby.
It is possible that these features make the final cut and arrive in the original Windows 11 version as well.