Microsoft has begun trying a new File Explorer in Windows 11 that includes tabs to allow users to view numerous locations on their computer at the same time.
In 2018, Microsoft experimented with tabs in File Explorer in Windows 10, but eventually abandoned the idea.
In addition to creating and testing navigation functionality, Microsoft has unintentionally made Windows 11’s next major update available on PCs that do not officially support the operating system. The software behemoth has admitted to the error and labeled it a bug.
Microsoft said in a blog post that the File Explorer now supports tabs in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25136.
Microsoft first revealed the experience in April and is currently putting it through its paces with Windows Insiders. It allows users to quickly travel from one point to another in File Explorer without having to switch windows.
Along with tabbed functionality, File Explorer’s left navigation pane has been redesigned to make it easier to access your frequently used folders.
Your OneDrive cloud profiles — which represent your name connected with the account — are also displayed in the left-hand pane.
Microsoft said it isn’t displaying Known Windows files in the This PC section during testing “to keep that view focused on your PC’s disks.”
While Microsoft has announced the improved File Explorer, it is crucial to note that it is not yet accessible to all Windows Insiders on the Dev Channel, which is intended to receive the most active updates.
This is so that early testers may provide comments and assess how the experience is working before distributing it to all testers at the same time.
Aside from the weather widget, the current Windows 11 testing build also includes dynamic widgets, which show live updates.
Live updates from the finance widgets and sports, as well as breaking news alerts, will be available, according to Microsoft.
The additional dynamic widgets, like the new File Explorer interface, are not yet accessible to all Windows Insiders in the Development Channel.
The latest Windows 11 Insider Preview also offers patches for a few known bugs, as well as the ability to discuss problematic GIFs directly from the emoji panel. However, if you install the testing build on your system, there are some known issues that will be introduced.
Microsoft has also begun testing an improved Notepad app that adds native support for ARM64 devices and improves performance and accessibility.
Similarly, the Media Player has been upgraded with performance enhancements and the option to sort your music and albums by date.
Support for DC playback has been added, as well as improvements to the Media Player’s ability to react to theme changes and the drag-and-drop experience with media assets.
On Windows 11, both the improved Notepad and Media Player are being handed out to Windows Insiders.
Separately, Microsoft sent the Windows 11 update (22H2) to its Release Preview testers this week, reaching PCs that aren’t officially supported.
According to Neowin, individuals on Twitter and Reddit stated that the unintentional update allowed a large number of Windows Insiders using Windows 10 computers with outdated CPUs to upgrade to Windows 11.
Microsoft recognized that the problem was caused by a bug shortly after it was discovered on the Internet.
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