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Windows 11’s new File Explorer tabs near release

Microsoft has started beta testing its new File Explorer tabs for Windows 11. File Explorer Tabs feature is now rolling out to Windows Insiders in the beta chain and seems to be very close to release for anyone using Windows 11.

The tabs feature includes an updated design that makes it easy to quickly access folders or find favorite files. File Explorer’s updated design includes tabs for navigating multiple folders in a single window and the ability to move tabs around 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 released it to Windows 10 users.

Microsoft began testing tabs in Windows 11 File Explorer earlier this year, and a move to the beta channel signals a release in the coming months. “The Beta Channel will be where we preview experiences closer to what we’ll be delivering to our general customers,” Microsoft says. As this particular beta is just an update to Windows 11 22H2 (the next big update) which was recently released to Release Preview, expect to see tabs for Release Preview as well soon.