Windows 11 build 22621.160 brings File Explorer tabs to the Beta channel

Microsoft today released a new build to Insiders running Windows 11 in the Beta channel. As you may already know, Microsoft keeps in Beta the RTM build of Windows 11 version 22H2. Now we can expect tabs in File Explorer included in the OS this fall.


While tabs have been discovered by enthusiasts in March, Microsoft only officially introduced them just three day ago with Build 25136. Today's announcement is the same, as tabs were backported from the Dev channel to Beta. Even known issues are the same.

What's new in Windows 11 build 22621.160

To help you work across multiple locations at the same time, the title bar of File Explorer now has tabs.

File Explorer with Tabs in Windows 11 Build 22621.160
File Explorer with Tabs in Windows 11 Build 22621.160

File Explorer is also introducing a refreshed layout of the left navigation pane which makes it easy for you to navigate to folders that matter to you. The updated organization provides easy access to your pinned and frequently used folders (Quick access) and your OneDrive cloud profiles added to Windows. OneDrive cloud profiles reflect the user’s name associated with the account.

Known Windows folders which are available by default in the navigation pane are no longer displayed under This PC to keep that view focused for your PC’s drives. When you navigate to folders syncing to OneDrive such as Documents, Pictures, etc., the address bar displays the correct path to help bring clarity when your folders are on the cloud vs when they are local to you.

Microsoft noted that they are using a gradual roll-out for the File Explorer tabs feature, so they may not be available to you after upgrading to this build. In this case, follow our detailed guide on how to enable tabs in File Explorer. It will work for the beta channel.

Known issues

The up arrow is misaligned in File Explorer tabs. This will be fixed in a future update.

The official blog post is  here.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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