Windows 11 has arrived, bringing along a fresh wave of innovations and features to enhance your computing experience. Among the most notable upgrades is the introduction of tabs in File Explorer. This highly anticipated feature revolutionizes how we navigate through our files, boosting productivity and streamlining our workflow. In this blog post, we’ll explore the exciting world of tabs in File Explorer and discover how they can transform your Windows 11 experience.
Tabs in File Explorer eliminate clutter by allowing you to organize files and folders within a single window. No more searching through multiple windows—keep everything neatly contained for easy navigation and time savings.
With tabs, you can effortlessly switch between different file locations using a single window. Whether working on projects with numerous folders or comparing files side by side, tabs enable a seamless multi-tasking experience.
Open multiple tabs within a single window for quick access to frequently used locations. Say goodbye to repeatedly opening and closing File Explorer—save time and stay focused.
How to Use
- Opening Tabs:
- Launch File Explorer by clicking on the folder icon in the taskbar or pressing the Windows key + E.
- To open a new tab, click the “+” button next to the existing tab. Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + T.
- Switching Between Tabs:
- To switch between tabs, click on the desired tab.
- You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Tab to cycle through the open tabs from left to right or Ctrl + Shift + Tab to cycle in reverse.
- Closing Tabs:
- To close a tab, click the “X” button on the tab or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + W.
- If you accidentally close a tab, don’t worry. You can reopen it by going to the “File” menu and selecting “Reopen Closed Tab” or using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + T.
- Opening Folders in New Tabs:
- Right-click on a folder within File Explorer.
- From the context menu, select “Open in New Tab” to open the folder in a new tab. Alternatively, you can hold down the Ctrl key and click on the folder to achieve the same result.
- Rearranging Tabs:
- To rearrange tabs, click and drag a tab to the desired position within the tab bar.
- Detaching Tabs:
- If you want to separate a tab into its own File Explorer window, you can detach it.
- Click and drag the tab away from the tab bar. Once it’s dragged outside the main window, it will become a new, independent window.
- Closing File Explorer with Tabs:
- When you close File Explorer with multiple tabs open, Windows 11 will remember the open tabs the next time you launch it, allowing you to resume your work where you left off.
By following these simple steps, you can make the most of tabs in File Explorer in Windows 11. Enjoy the streamlined organization, improved multi-tasking, and enhanced productivity that this feature brings to your workflow!