Microsoft Secretly Redesigning Windows 11’s File Explorer

Microsoft Secretly Redesigning Windows 11’s File Explorer

Microsoft is secretly working on redesigning the File Explorer of Windows 11. These changes are not just little changes to refresh its look; some significant changes are coming in its design.

After acquiring the Tabs in File Explorer with Windows 11 22H2 update last year, Microsft hasn’t introduced any new feature. Still, they’re planning a more significant upgrade, so let’s begin its discussion below.

Windows 11 File Explorer’s Significant Redesign: Everything We Know So Far

Windows 11 Insider channel brought the first Dev Channel to build (build 25272) of 2023 last week. That contains multiple bug fixes, but some concealed files were also found related to the redesign for File Explorer.

And some significant and notable changes were sprinkled in it, such as unique options in the left navigation panel and new & precise details pane on the right side.

On Friday, Microsoft announced another Dev channel build (build 25276) with better details, so we can now clearly see the overhaul changes.

The first significant change is a new Home and Gallery option in the left navigation panel, which makes it similar to the homepage of File Explorer.

And there’s a new details pane already available from Windows 7. Still, Microsoft is transforming it and bringing some unique options related to properties. Such as Insights, Activities, Properties, Related Files, Conversations, and Sharing status.

Users already know all other options, but two options, “Activities” and “Conversations,” are new.

  • Activities – This option will show you all the file modifications and changes.
  • Conversations – This option will display all the emails and messages the specified file was part of in the past.

It is not a massive change with the new Tab feature. But if you see the edges of the File Explorer window, they are now better rounded.

While it is hard to suspect when this significant redesign will come for the Windows 11 File Explorer with a regular update.

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