Windows 11 users can now enable tabs in File Explorer in the latest Windows Preview Build 22572. The same hidden feature was identified by Microsoft enthusiast Rafael Rivera. The most significant advantage of this feature is that it allows the user to launch multiple folders on individual tabs in a single File Explorer window. As this is in a test phase, Microsoft has not yet officially announced it, which can be expected in next week’s Windows 11 Insider preview build.

This tabbed File Explorer feature works similarly to the Microsoft Edge, which allows users to open folders on a new tab instead of opening new windows. If you want to enable the hidden tabbed File Explorer feature in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build, you can go through this article. Then let’s have a look. 

Note: Before enabling the Tab feature for File Explorer, you need to enrol in the Dev channel using the Windows Insider program. Then click the Check for Update button inside the Windows Update screen and install Build 22572.

Steps to Enable Tab Feature for File Explorer in Windows 11

You can follow these steps to enable the tabbed File Explorer feature, 

  • Firstly, open your browser and go to the GitHub webpage.
  • Then download the ViveTool v0.2.1 on your system.
  • Once downloaded, double-click on the .zip file and open it with File Explorer.
  • On the newly opened window, click on the Extract all option.
  • Then select the Extract button and copy the path to the folder.
  • Further, type Command Prompt in your computer search box and open it with Run as administrator. 
  • Inside the newly opened window, type the following command and press Enter key to go to the ViveTool folder,

cd C:\FOLDER\PATH\ViveTool-v0.2.1

Note: Change the path folder with your path

  • Then again, type the following command and press Enter to enable tabs File Explorer

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  • Once you have executed the above commands, restart the system and see the improvement.

Steps to Disable Tab Feature for File Explorer in Windows 11

In any case, if you want to disable the tab feature for File Explorer in Windows 11, you can undo the changes using the same process as above, but with a slight change to the second command on the command prompt screen. To do so, 

  • Firstly, open your browser and go to the GitHub webpage.
  • Then download the ViveTool v0.2.1 on your system.
  • Once downloaded, double-click on the .zip file and open with File Explorer.
  • On the newly opened window, click on the Extract all option.
  • Then select the Extract button and copy the path to the folder.
  • Further, type Command Prompt in your computer search box and open it with Run as administrator. 
  • Inside the newly opened window, type the following command and press Enter key to go to the ViveTool folder,

cd C:\FOLDER\PATH\ViveTool-v0.2.1

Note: Change the path folder with your path

  • Then again, type the following command and press Enter to disable tabs File Explorer

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  • Once you have executed the above commands, restart the system and see the improvement.

This is how you can enable and disable the Tabs feature for File Explorer on Windows 11. If you have any queries or concerns regarding this article, you can leave a comment in the comment box below.