Latest Improvement to File Explorer on Windows 11

File Explorer New Look

On September 20, the Windows 11 2022 Update (version 22H2) started to roll out to compatible devices. Although it omitted the much-awaited File Explorer update. Microsoft saved these and other small changes for the first feature update. Which is now available to devices that have already been updated to version 22H2. The default file manager for Windows 11 now supports tabs, has a new “Home” page with easier access to recent and favorite files and folders, and has a revamped navigation pane. Several improvements have been made to the current context menu. There is a new OneDrive integration as well as many other small changes. In this article, you will learn about the latest Improvement to File Explorer on Windows 11 2022 Update.

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This guide will walk you through the major improvements and adjustments that you will notice after installing the feature drop update for version 22H2 (The latest Improvement to File Explorer on Windows 11).

Latest File Explorer Changes on Windows 11 2022 Update

The new File Explorer includes several improvements to make using the default file manager easier, including tab support and a revamped navigation window.

Improved Home Page Experience

File Explorer gets a new “Home” page experience in the Windows 11 2022 Update. The page is usually called “Quick Access,”. But it has a new name, a new (home) icon, and a few minor modifications.

The “Frequent Folders” section. For example, has been renamed “Quick Access” and now contains your pinned folders such as Desktop, Downloads, Documents, and others.

The “Favorites” section has all of the files you’ve pinned. And the “Recent” section has all of the files you’ve used most recently. Whether they’re stored on your computer or in the cloud. Furthermore, even if they are not local files, these files can be searched.

File Explorer new improved look

Favorites and recent files in will also display on the new “Home” page if you use a work, education, or Microsoft account.

Also, any changes you make to files that are pinned or unpinned on the “Home” page from OneDrive, SharePoint, or Teams will sync and show up in your Office apps and on Furthermore, file actions will sync and display in the “Tiles” and “Details” views.

Open Multiple Tabs in File Explore

Tabs are now supported in this version of File Explorer. When you update to version 22H2. You’ll see a tab system that lets you explore different folders and disk locations without having to open a new file manager window.

When you launch File Explorer, the first tab is the Home page, and next to it is the plus (+) button, which allows you to open a new tab.

Multiple tab

When you right-click a tab. A context menu appears with options to close the current tab, and close all other tabs except the one you’re on. Or close all tabs on the right while retaining all tabs on the left.

Close open tab

You can alternatively open a new tab by pressing “Ctrl + T” or close a current tab by pressing “Ctrl + W.” Also, you can change the order of tabs. But you can’t drag and drop a tab to start a new instance of File Explorer.

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Navigation pane

In the latest version of File Explorer, the navigation window on the left has also been changed visually. The design makes it easier to get to pinned folders and other OneDrive items that you use often.

The profile folders like Downloads, Documents, Desktop, and Pictures have been taken off of the “This PC” page so that it only shows storage drives.

Navigation Pane

Also, the OneDrive folder will show the user who is connected to the account that is currently logged in. Furthermore, the URL bar in the OneDrive folder will provide the right path to indicate whether the file is on your machine or in the cloud.

Context menu

Starting with version 22H2, when you right-click an object. The selection no longer uses blue but instead a lighter or darker color depending on the system color mode. (This visual modification is available everywhere the new style menu is available.)

Additionally, the icons for “Properties,” “Optimize,” and “Rename” have been modified to make them simpler to find and understand.

Context Menu

When you right-click a file, you will now see “Add to Favorites” to pin the file to Home. And when you right-click a folder, you will see “Pin to Quick Access.”

When nothing is chosen on the “This PC” page, the See more (three-dotted) menu now displays the option to connect to a media server, with selection options and new icons for the “Properties” and “Options” items.

Media Server

In addition, the “This PC” context menu now has options such as “Add a network location,” “Map a network drive,” and “Disconnect network drive,” and the “Expand” option has a new icon.

“This PC” Context menu

Furthermore, when you right-click a “.inf” file, you will see an option to “Install” and “Install certificate” when you right-click a “.cer” file.

Since not all the items from the original context menu are available in the new menu, Microsoft has included the “Shift + Right-Click” shortcut to open the classic menu without taking any additional steps.

Finally, Windows 11 adds a new context menu to the Recycle Bin.

Recycle Bin Context menu

OneDrive integration

In Windows 11 version 22H2, the File Explorer also has a way to add OneDrive to the experience. The new integration takes the form of a menu in the top-right corner of the OneDrive page, which includes a storage use summary. You can also verify that the files are syncing and access the application settings.

OneDrive setting integration into File Explorer

I hope you find this post helpful on the latest Improvement to File Explorer on Windows 11. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

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