Microsoft has begun beta testing its new File Explorer tabs for Windows 11. The File Explorer Tabs feature is now rolling out to Windows Insiders in the beta channel and appears to be very close to release for anyone running Windows 11.
The tabs feature has an updated design that makes it easier to quickly access folders or find favorite files. The updated file explorer design includes tabs for navigating multiple folders in one window and the ability to move tabs freely. Microsoft originally tested tabs in Windows 10 apps four years ago in a feature called Sets. This included support for tabs in File Explorer, but Microsoft eventually canceled the project and never shipped it to Windows 10 users.
Microsoft first started testing tabs in the Windows 11 File Explorer earlier this year, and a move to the beta channel means a release in the coming months. “The beta channel will be where we look at experiences closer to what we will ship to our general customers,” explains Microsoft. Since this particular beta is just an update to Windows 11 22H2 (the next major update) that recently shipped to Release Preview, we expect to see Release Preview tabs soon as well.