At an event in early April, Microsoft announced several new features coming to Windows 11, including new Instant Layout gestures, folders in the Start menu, and the ability to have tabs in File Explorer. , but that particular feature is still missing and won’t debut with Windows 11 version 22H2.
Tabs in File Explorer is one of Explorer’s biggest updates in years. In addition to tabs, we get a new sidebar for File Explorer and a darker dark mode. There’s a new “Home” view that lets you view recently used files like pictures or videos and integration with OneDrive.
Support for File Explorer tabs is apparently a big deal and many users are wondering where it is. Thankfully, Microsoft has confirmed that it still works on Tabs for File Explorer, but it won’t appear in production builds of Windows 11 version 22H2, which means a stable version of Tabs is still a long way off. .
Responding to a question about File Explorer tabs for Windows 11, Microsoft’s program manager reiterated that users might have to wait for the feature and that its arrival is fraught with uncertainty, with the official note:
“Features like tabs in File Explorer will appear to Windows Insiders (between dev and beta channels) when they’re ready, we’re not as “version” based as we used to be , as we mentioned in this blog post in February”.
This clearly indicates that Windows 11 22H2 will not ship with tabs in File Explorer, but the feature may be enabled in 22H2 through some cumulative or feature experiments in the future.
You may still have to wait until later this year to try out the feature and there’s still no official word on when File Explorer tabs will make it to the Windows Insider program.
According to sources, Windows 11 Build 22621 is the RTM (release to manufacturer) version for version 22H2 (Sun Valley 2) and the feature update is expected to launch in the fall, with reports indicating a rollout in September or october.