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File Explorer Tabs Are Finally Rolling Out In Windows 11 Version 22H2

Tabs in File Explorer are finally a thing as Windows just released a new update to enable this feature in Windows 11 version 22H2. The feature has been available for the Windows Insider community for some time now, and the Windows team is finally making it available to the general public.

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Tabs in File Explorer – Windows 11 Version 22H2 (Build 22621.675)

What are Tabs in Windows 11 22H2?

Microsoft has been experimenting with Web Browser style Tabs in File Explorer, for a long time now. It was first introduced in a previous Insider build a long time ago, and it seemed like the feature directly adopted the Tabs from Microsoft Edge, making the File Explorer windows feel like web browser tabs instead. As expected, it wasn’t even close to being ready for a public release and was pulled in the next Insider build.

This new release introduces a more mature version of Tabs. They still function similarly to web browser tabs, but no longer feel like an extension of Microsoft Edge. You can now have multiple folders in File Explorer without opening new windows for each one of them.

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Tabs in File Explorer – How To Get ‘Em?

Tabs are rolling out as a part of a Cumulative update for the month of October. The update shows up in Windows Update as “2022-10 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 version 22H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5019509)” on Intel and AMD based systems.

It is also available for ARM-powered laptops/2-in-1s which should show up as “2022-10 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 Version 22H2 for ARM64-based Systems (KB5019509)“.

The update should be available to you automatically, but you may need to click “Download & install” to initiate the update process. Follow the steps below,

  • Go to “Settings” > “Windows Update
  • Click on “Check for updates” (the update may have already been listed so check for it right below this button to see if it’s already showing up)
  • When the update shows up, click on “Download & install

Once the update has been installed, you’ll have the “Tabs” feature inside File Explorer. The cumulative update is around 242.7MB for Intel and AMD systems while for ARM-powered devices it’s around 324.1MB. This upgrades your OS Build version to 22621.675.

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Ronit Roy

Ronit Roy is a Tech Reviewer, Writer, and Science Nerd from India. He specializes in Smartphones, Laptops, Televisions, Audio, and AI. Ronit has worked with Multi-national Tech OEMs and has a first-person understanding of how Modern Technology is shaping the world.

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