File Explorer tabs are now available for all users in Windows 11 Build 22621.675 Release Preview

Oct 12, 2022
Windows 11 News

Microsoft has announced the availability of Windows 11 Build 22621.675 in the Release Preview Channel of the Insider Program. It enables the much awaited File Explorer Tabs experience for all users, along with a handful of other features.

Microsoft enables File Explorer tabs for all users in Windows 11 Build 22621.675 Release Preview

What's new in Windows 11 Build 22621.675 Release Preview

Windows 11 Build 22621.675 Release Preview is available as KB5019509 under Windows Update.

File Explorer Tabs and Home

Microsoft debuted File Explorer Tabs in the Insider Preview Program's Dev Channel when it released Build 25136 in June this year. The browser-like navigation experience for the built-in file manager, began rolling out to some users in the Release Preview Channel last week. The latest update from the Redmond company enables File Explorer Tabs for all users in the channel, which means it is almost ready for general availability.

Can't wait for it? You can enable File Explorer Tabs in Windows 11 22H2 now by reading our guide.

What's new in Windows 11 Build 22621.675 Release Preview

Build 22621.675 also ships with another feature for File Explorer, it has a new section that acts as its homepage. The start screen, which was first seen in Build 22593, allows you to pin your favorite files and folders, and lists recently accessed files, It also lets you view your recent files stored in your OneDrive, and includes them in the search results.

Suggested Actions

Windows 11 Build 22621.675 Release Preview includes Suggested Actions. The clipboard enhancement feature allows you to interact with items that you copy, such as phone numbers. It displays a small pop-up menu with shortcuts that you can click to make a call with Teams or Skype (with the selected number). Similarly, copying a number that represents a future date, will allow you to create an event in the Calendar app.

Per the official announcement, Suggested Actions are only available for users in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Not a fan of it? You can disable Suggested Actions quite easily.

Taskbar Overflow

The Taskbar Overflow menu, which was introduced in Build 25163, is also available for users in the Release Preview Channel. When your taskbar runs out of space for icons, a three-dot button will appear near the system tray. Clicking on the button opens a menu called the Taskbar Overflow menu, to display a list of shortcuts for other windows that are open.

Nearby Sharing

Windows 11 Build 22621.675 adds support for Nearby Sharing (also introduced in Build 25163), which allows you to share files with more devices easily using Bluetooth and Private Networks.

On a side note, Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22621.741 and 22623.741 are available for users in the Beta Channel. The first build include fixes for the Tablet-optimized taskbar. Microsoft has fixed some localization issues in both builds, and a bug that was impacting the Server Manager.

When it announced the release of Windows 11 22H2, Microsoft had confirmed that it would introduce an additional set of experiences in October. Today, the company confirmed that File Explorer Tabs, Suggested Actions, and the Taskbar Overflow menu are some of the experiences that will be included in the update. So we can treat Build 22621.675 Release Preview as a sneak peek of the first Windows 11 Moment update.

Have you tried File Explorer Tabs, do you like the feature?

Microsoft enables File Explorer tabs for all users in Windows 11 Release Preview Channel
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  1. Mystique said on October 13, 2022 at 10:35 am

    Smells like Microsoft needed more alpha testers for their rubbish explorer mod that is woefully inferior in every single way.

  2. John G. said on October 12, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    The same taskbar, the same start menu, the same “more options”, the same W11. Microsoft should have included an option to revert all these new “features” and let the user to decide the W10 style.
    Thanks @Ashwin for the article! :]

  3. Tachy said on October 12, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    I’m trying to think of a use for tabs in file explorer. I can’t come up with one.

    If I need more then one folder open, I either put them on the other screen or stack them side by side so I can see them all at once.

    1. xxxxxxxxx9 said on October 28, 2022 at 6:46 am

      You can simply drag/move files and/or folders from one tab to another, which is the most helpful thing about it.

      Ghacks failed to tell us about that main feature. But to be fair, I reckon ghacks is simply clueless about such things.

    2. Anonymous said on October 13, 2022 at 2:19 am

      They should have made commander type window rather than tabs, or provides a way to store the file operation actions.

    3. DrKnow said on October 13, 2022 at 12:46 am

      Try doing development work and you’ll see how useful tabs and especially dual panes are, although any decent dev will be using something like Freecommander not the dross included with windows.

    4. Microsofted said on October 12, 2022 at 3:44 pm

      I’ll venture to predict that it’s subpar, tabs can’t be dragged into another file explorer windows, all tabs on the left or right can’t be closed from context menu, and a toggle switch to disable tabs in file explorer was overlooked. Microsoft’s usual half baked ideas.

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