How to enable Tabs in File Explorer on Windows 11

enable Tabs in File Explorer on Windows 11
enable Tabs in File Explorer on Windows 11

Microsoft is grinding hard and continuously adding new features to its latest Windows 11 build. Now, on Windows 11, the users can enable the tabs in Windows Explorer. It is currently an early preview of the feature that can be enabled on the Dev channel’s latest Windows 11 preview of the Windows Insider Program.

The feature was first spotted in the Windows 11 build 22572 by Rafael Rivera and this feature is very much similar to the tabs that we see in the Web browsers like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Brave, etc. By using the tabs feature in the Windows File Explorer, you’ll be able to open multiple tabs for every File Explorer window. You can create new tabs, close the current ones and the feature also works in the dark mode as well.

This feature is yet to be provided in the public build, but if you want to hand on this feature then you can use a third-party tool known as “ViveTool” that has been created by Rafael Rivera and Lucas on GitHub. It is obviously, an experimental feature and has not been officially released by Microsoft yet.

But in this guide, I am going to show you how you can turn on the tabs feature on the latest insider preview build of Windows 11 from the Dev Channel. Let’s get started.

How to Enable Tabs in File Explorer on Windows 11

In order to open the tabs in File Explorer, you’ll need to have the latest Dev Build of Windows 11 from the Dev Channel. Once you have it on your PC follow these steps to enable the tabs feature:

  • Head over to ViveTool’s GitHub page.
  • Click and download the ViveTool zip file on your PC.
  • Now, open the zip file by doube-clicking the file.
  • Click on Extract all option to extract the components of the zip file.
  • Browse the path where you want the files to get extracted and finally click on Extract.
  • Search command prompt and run it as administrator.
  • In the command prompt window, navigate to the ViveTool zip’s extratced folder by executing the following command:
    cd "folder path"
    Make sure to replace the “folder path” with the actual path of the folder.
  • Now, in command prompt window, execute the following command:
    vivetool addconfig 34370472 2
  • Once done, restart your PC.

Once the restart is complete, your FileExplorer will now have the ability to serve you the function of creating and using multiple tabs in it.

In case you want to disable the tabs feature, you’ll just have to follow the same feature but this time, you’ll have to execute the following command in the command prompt:

vivetool delconfig 34370472 2

Bottom Line

And this was a simple set of steps that you need to follow on your Windows 11 build 22572 from the Dev Channel to get the tabs in your File Explorer. If you don’t have the Windows 11 build 22572, you’ll need to enroll in the Dev Channel by using the Windows Insider Program. To do so, go to Settings > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program. Once your device is enrolled in the program, you can download the 22572 build by using the Windows Update section in Settings.

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