It’s finally here, File Explorer tabs are official in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25136. The update is currently live for the Dev Channel.
What’s new in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25136
File Explorer tabs in Windows 11
We first saw tabs appear as a hidden feature in build 22572 and were able to enable it using ViVetool. But, Microsoft removed it in later versions. File Explorer Tabs was officially announced by Microsoft, with the release of Build 25136. It is identical to the one we tested earlier, i.e. a + button appears on the toolbar title, a click on which opens a new tab in the current file explorer. the window.
There are some important improvements in the latest version. First, File Explorer has a context menu for tabs, which you can use to close the tab, close other tabs, or close tabs on the right. You can rearrange tabs by dragging them with the mouse, it’s a bit clunky because you have to drag the tab to the edge of another tab to move it.
Use Ctrl + T to open a new File Explorer tab and Ctrl + W to close a tab, or use the middle mouse button. When opening a folder, you can right-click on it and select Open in New Tab. This also works with directories listed in the navigation pane.
The feature is being A/B tested, so it may not be available to you. You don’t want to wait for it? You can activate it immediately using the following command in ViVetool.
vivetool addconfig 37634385 2
(Going through GigaSyntax)
New navigation pane in File Explorer
The left navigation pane in File Explorer has been redesigned, it now includes shortcuts to the homepage, your OneDrive, your frequently used folders and pinned folders. Network drives and external drives you have connected are listed separately at the bottom of the sidebar.
Don’t see the new navigation pane in File Explorer? The following ViVeTool Velocity ID should help you activate it.
vivetool addconfig 36354489 2
Dynamic widgets on the taskbar
Microsoft is experimenting with dynamic widgets on the taskbar, similar to the weather widget. It introduces new ones for live updates of Sports and Finance widgets, and latest news alerts.
(Courtesy of Microsoft)
This feature is also being tested on a limited basis and is not yet available to all users.
Fixes in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25136
Users can now report inappropriate animated GIFs from the emoji panel. An issue caused some PCs to be detected as tablets, which prevented compact mode and Hide File Explorer checkboxes from working. This has been resolved. Microsoft says it fixed an issue that caused a SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION bugcheck in recent preview builds.
The taskbar has also received some fixes, apps in the taskbar will not overlap system tray icons. Hovering over an app in the flash status bar will not flash its notification,
The Start menu lists all recommended items instead of displaying a single column. Pinning many items to the Start menu will cause it to refresh to show shortcuts. Your disks and volumes should appear in the Disk and Volumes section of the System > Storage page.
Switching between light and dark mode or changing the accent color should no longer crash Task Manager when launching it. A bug that crashed computers when using the wsl -shutdown command has been fixed.
Known issues in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25136
There are 2 new known issues listed in the release notes for Build 25136. Visual effects like mica and acrylic are not rendering correctly in certain areas such as start menu, notification center. The up arrow icon in File Explorer tabs is misaligned.
Microsoft has not yet fixed the issues with Easy Anti-Cheat and Live Captions.