How to Fix if File Explorer Tabs are Not Showing in Windows 11

fix file explorer tabs not showing

Microsoft has finally released the much-anticipated feature that all Windows 11 users were waiting for i.e. Tabs in files explorer. As we all know that it is a handy feature when it comes to moving, and copying files from one folder to another. You don’t have to open a new file explorer every time you want to transfer some files or folders from one drive to another drive or from one folder to another.

When the tabs feature in file explorer is enabled then you can switch between different tabs on the go, can separate the tabs in an instant, and can combine them again. There are many things you can do with the file explorer tab.

But unfortunately, some users have reported that even after updating the windows 11 file explorer tabs feature is not been rolled out yet.

Don’t worry, in this article we are here to guide you on how you can enable that feature in your Windows 11 PC.

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Things to keep in mind before enabling Tabs in File Explorer

From October onwards multi-tab option of File Explorer is now part of the Windows 11 production version. This feature was initially released with the Windows 11 Insider Preview 25140.1000 version which was released on 15th June 2022.

For enjoying the tab feature in Windows File explorer you should have the:

  • Latest Windows version 22H2 installed on your computer.
  • OS Build of the Windows should be above 22621.1000.
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How to enable tabs in file explorer?

Some users have reported that even after updating to the latest Windows 11 version 22H2 the multi-tab in file explorer is not enabled by default. Then one thing you need to know here is that this feature is getting rolled out for different devices at different times. Some may get this feature earlier and some may get it later.

I am gonna tell you one thing that will make you happy is that in all newer 22H2 versions this tabbed feature is hidden and will get enabled over time. So if you have installed the latest 22H2 version and want to enable the tab feature in Windows file explorer then you can enable it as follows:

Step 1: You need to download the latest version of ViveTool which will allow you to enable tabs in File Explorer. Click here to download this tool.


Step 2: Go to the downloaded file. Right-click on it and select the Extract All option from the context menu.


Step 3: As soon as you click on Extract All it will prompt you to browse that extract location. Click on Browse. In the browse folder pop-up select System32 by following the sequence This PC > Local Disk C > Windows > System32.


Step 4: After selecting the System32 folder click on Next and extract all the files.


Step 5: Press the Windows key to open the Start menu and search for Command Prompt and click on Run as administrator.

run cmd as administrator
eevated command prompt

Step 6: When the Elevated command prompt opens up type the following command one by one:

  • vivetool /enable /id:36354489
  • vivetool /enable /id:37634385
  • vivetool /enable /id:39145991

Note: vivetool /enable /id:36354489 command enables the new tabbed UI in File Explorer on Windows 11. vivetool /enable /id:36354489 command enables the new Navigation pane called “SV2Navpane” in the File explorer. vivetool /enable /id:36354489 command enables the other tab feature in File explorer.

Step 7: Restart the PC. Open This PC. Voila! welcome new Tab in File Explorer.

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Additional fixes to take into account

In case enabling tabs might not work then you should follow the below fix first and then enable the tabs using the above method.

Fix 1: Restart the File explorer

Restarting File explorer might bring the tab feature if you have updated to the latest 22H2 version of Windows 11. You can restart file explorer as follows:

Step 1: Search for cmdin the search bar of the Start menu and hit Run as Administrator.

run cmd as administrator

Step 2: Execute the following command one by one in the command prompt.

  • taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
  • start explorer.exe
restart file explorer via cmd

This will forcibly terminate the file explorer process. Start it again.

Fix 2: Repair Windows

Over time some files get corrupt or go missing then through recovery mode you can recover the windows files. Windows will try to recover all the files from the recovery mode that is reserved in your PC form before in the reserved storage space. Here is how you can do that:

Step 1: Press and hold the power button for about 10 seconds to force turn off your device. Then, press the power button again to turn on your device. When you see the logo screen, force turns off your device again. Repeat this operation three times. Then, your computer will enter the Automatic Repair screen.

Step 2: Here choose the Troubleshoot option.

recovery mode troubleshoot

Step 3: On the next page Advanced Options.

choose advanced options

Step 4: In the Advanced Options Window choose Startup Repair.

startup repair

Note: If you have encrypted your device, you will need to use your Bitlocker key to start in recovery mode.

As soon as you click on Startup Repair your PC will repair itself and will come back in a working state. After restarting run File explorer.

Features of File Explorer Tabs

Let’s have a quick walkthrough of the Windows 11 tabs in File Explorer. These features are limited to what our device could offer as of writing this post. We will update the section as soon as this feature rolls out universally for all the devices operating on Windows 11.

1. Open in a new Tab

Open File explorer from the start menu of the Taskbar. When the File explorer opens up right click on any item and click on Open in new tab.

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2. Move (Drag and Drop) File Explorer Tabs.

Some users have reported that they can’t move file explorer tabs. But on our PC we were able to move(Drag and Drop) file Explorer Tabs. We were able to easily move or reposition the tabs from left to right and right to left.

open in new tab

3. Right-click Options that are now available

When you right-click on any of the open tabs you get three right-click options in file explorer as of writing this post. These are:

  • Close Tab
  • Close Other Tabs
  • Close Tabs to the Right.
right click option

4. Scroll the Tab list Forward and Backward

If you have opened multiple tabs then you can see there are left and right arrows (~play button icons ) on the File Explorer window. You get two scrolling options. These are:

  • Scroll Tab List Backward
  • Scroll Tab List Forward
scroll backward and forward

5. Drag and Drop Files between File Explorer Tabs

this is the coolest thing one can do in File Explorer. Now you don’t have to open the File explorer, again and again, to copy-paste an item from one place to another. You simply need to do this:

Step 1: Click and Drag the file or folder you want to paste to another tab.

Step 2: Drag the file to the top of the destination tab.

Step 3: Once the Destination Tab is opened, you can drop the file.

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Other cool features in the new update

Although there are many new feature one can see while using the new 22H2 windows 11. Here we listed some features that we find more awesome and refreshing:

1. Quick Acess Menu.

With this new release there comes a feature called as Quick Actions menu that will appear when you highlight and copy a date or phone number. No matter the text field, copying a date or phone number will present a menu with options for either creating an event in your calendar or calling and adding a phone number to your contacts list.

quiick access menu

2. Over Flow Taskbar.

When you run out of space for running apps on the Taskbar then the Taskbar will present additional running apps in a three-dotted overflow menu that floats above the Taskbar when you click on it. This is a useful feature for those users who work on a small screen with a big dpi.

taskbar overflow

3. Taskbar Shortcut.

Microsoft has added back the shortcut for launching Task Manager when right-clicking anywhere on the Taskbar.

taskbar shortcut

Bottom Line

So that was the very simple process you can follow for enabling tabs in newer version 22H2 of Windows 11. Follow them to enjoy the new tab feature. But one thing that we would like to mention is that you should wait till the official tab feature is rolled out on your PC. Microsoft is enabling this feature slowly for all the available windows 11 devices to ensure bug-free execution of this feature. Thank you for being with us. Stay connected!

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