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Microsoft releases a new Windows 11 Insider build with File Explorer tabs and navigation updates

Microsoft Windows 11 File Explorer

Microsoft yesterday released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25136 to the Dev Channel with File Explorer tabs and navigation updates.

As you can notice in the screenshot above, the title bar of File Explorer now has tabs. Along with tabs, Microsoft has also introduced a refreshed layout of the left navigation pane. The updated navigation pane offers easy access to your pinned and frequently used folders (Quick access) and the OneDrive cloud profiles added to Windows.

There are some key changes:

  • Known Windows folders which are available by default in the navigation pane are no longer displayed under This PC to keep that view focused for your PC’s drives.
  • When you navigate to folders syncing to OneDrive such as Documents, Pictures, etc., the address bar displays the correct path to help bring clarity when your folders are on the cloud vs when they are local to you.

Microsoft also announced that they are bringing dynamic Widgets content to taskbar. In addition to the weather widget, you’ll also start to see live updates from the sports and finance widgets, along with breaking news alerts.

The content is meant to be quick and glanceable with the ability to see more inside the widgets board if you click on it. However, if you don’t interact with the content update the taskbar will return to showing you the weather.

This build also includes several bug fixes that improve the overall experience for Windows Insiders on the latest preview builds.

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