Microsoft has started testing tabs in File Explorer on Windows 11. Rafael Rivera, one of the developers of the EarTrumpet Windows app, discovered support for new hidden tabs in the latest Windows test build 11 from Microsoft. This feature appears to be one of the secret additions that Microsoft recently started testing in Windows 11.
Adding tabs to File Explorer in Windows 11 makes it possible to open multiple folders in a single window. Microsoft first started testing tabs in Windows 10 apps, under a feature called Sets. This included support for tabs in File Explorer and tabs in every Windows app, but Microsoft canceled the project and never released it to Windows 10 users.
However, Microsoft doesn’t seem to be revising its file explorer interface as part of supporting this tab. Windows File Explorer has been in the operating system since Windows 95, and various designers have created concepts to try to improve and modernize it in recent years.
While Microsoft has made some improvements to File Explorer in Windows 11, one developer has gone even further and created a new File Explorer app. Files, an application available in Windows Storealready supports tabs and includes themes and other modern features.
We are now waiting for Microsoft to officially announce tabs for File Explorer. Windows Insider chief Amanda Langowski said last month that the company “would only communicate about features that we deliberately allow insiders to try and provide feedback.” Since tabs are a much-requested feature for File Explorer, we expect to hear an official announcement from Microsoft soon.