Microsoft adds tabs to File Explorer in latest Windows 11 Insider build

Windows Insiders can now experience Windows 11 File Explorer with Tabs after Microsoft rolled out the feature in the latest Dev Channel.

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25136(Opens in a new window) introduces tabs in the title bar of File Explorer in an effort to make it easier to work in multiple places at the same time. Microsoft has also updated the layout of the left navigation panel, which now prioritizes access to pinned and frequently used folders (quick access), as well as OneDrive cloud profiles.

In order to keep the “This PC” section of the panel more focused, known Windows folders are no longer displayed by default. Another tweak ensures that the correct folder path is displayed in the address bar so you can more easily tell if a folder is stored locally or in the cloud.

While tabs can be a welcome addition to File Explorer, Microsoft is experimenting with some dynamic widget tweaks on the taskbar that won’t appeal to everyone. Live content will now be displayed for latest news alerts, sports and financial widgets. The idea is to give the user very quick access to information “when something important is happening”, but which can be consumed at a glance.

Microsoft has also spent time improvement of two well-known Windows applications(Opens in a new window). Notepad has been updated to add native ARM64 support, better support for screen readers, text scaling, access keys, and other technologies support, and received a major performance upgrade. You will notice the performance improvement when scrolling through very large files or replacing a lot of text.

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Finally, Media Player has received a performance update to make browsing and interacting with large media collections more enjoyable. Regular users will be happy to hear that Microsoft has also added the ability to sort songs and albums by date added. And if you’re listening to songs from a CD, the drag-and-drop experience has been improved, as have theme changes.

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