New Windows Insider Preview Build Adds File Explorer Tabs and Dynamic Widgets to Your Taskbar

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Microsoft just started releasing another Insider Insight To build for the Windows 11this time exclusive to Development Channel. Build 25136 introduces some highly anticipated new features that aim to improve the user experience across the board. This update comes just two days after the recent release in the Release Preview channel, and precisely one week after the last release in the dev channel.

Let’s start with the highlight of this release and a feature that fans have been asking for for a very long time; File Explorer tabs.

File Explorer Tabs

Yes, Microsoft is finally officially adding File Explorer tabs to Windows, starting with Build 23156. After years, File Explorer’s title bar now has tabs, just like a browser. You can open as many as you want, switch between them as you please, and drag anyone out of the windows to create their own separate window, again, just like any tab in regular browser.

File Explorer with Tabs and Navigation Updates | Microsoft

Other File Explorer Changes

Not only that, but alongside this update, File Explorer now has a revamped left navigation pane, which Microsoft says makes navigating through folders much easier. There are three distinct sections, basically, the first being “House“, formerly known as “Fast to access“. The same section also includes your OneDrive cloud folder which now supports profiles, and you can add multiple profiles, each named after the user account it is linked to.

Well-known Windows folders, such as Pictures, Videos, Documents, and Downloads, are no longer displayed under “This PC“. Instead, they now have their own second section in the navigation pane, unobstructed from your computer’s drives. Speaking of which, the third and final section includes all your drives, as well as file sharing and WSL (Linux).

Finally, the File Explorer address bar has been updated to show the exact file path when navigating to Windows folders such as Documents, Pictures, etc. These folders are synced to your OneDrive, so now the updated address bar helps you know exactly when a file is on the cloud and when it’s on your PC locally.

Dynamic widget

Most of you coming from (or using) Windows 10 will remember the day when Microsoft pushed an update that added a weather widget to the leftmost side of our taskbars, against our wishes. Most of us thought it was a virus or some kind of bug, but everyone soon realized that it was actually a feature that Microsoft had added live. This weather widget was dynamic, meaning it was updated in real time and clickable to reveal more information.

Now Microsoft is adding even more. Apart from the weather widget, the company introduces sports, financeand new widget well, all with support for dynamic content. The news widget will also bring live news alerts. All of these items will appear on either side of your taskbar, if you choose to enable them. You can see an example of the finance widget displayed on the far right in the desktop screenshot below:

Financial content of widgets displayed in the taskbar | Microsoft

The usual

These are the major additions in the latest Insider Preview build of Windows 11. Of course, there are myriad bugfixes for things like Settings, Task Manager, Start Menu, and more. which you can consult. here on the Microsoft Blog. Notably, Microsoft is also testing a new feature that allows Insiders to report animations GIF they feel inappropriate in the emoji menu.

As always, since this is an Insider build in the Dev Channel, these features are just starting to roll out and won’t be available to all Insiders immediately. Microsoft says it will seriously consider feedback before releasing these features more widely. You can (and are encouraged to) submit feedback regarding these features in the Feedback Center under the Widgets Category.

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