It was a long wait for Windows 11 22H2 to receive a major upgrade since its launch. In this article, we will be sharing some of the things that were missing from Windows 11. So, without further ado, let’s get into this.

Microsoft’s File Explorer Get Tabs

Microsoft’s File Explorer now has tabs! This has been missing for a long time, and many users have been using Files App, which can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store. But it is finally included in the latest Windows 11 update. When you open the Windows File Explorer, you will see a plus icon in the top left, similar to what we are used to in web browsers. You can also use the shortcut key Ctrl + T to open a new tab. To open a specific folder in a separate tab, right-click on the folder and choose “Open in New Tab”.

Quick Access is now called “Home”, but it is not part of the Home app. If you want to change the Home setting, click on the ellipsis icon on the ribbon on the left and go to the Options. Under the General tab, you will see an option to choose the “Open File Explorer” dropdown. Depending on your setup, you will have different options. Select your preference and every time you open a new tab, it will take effect immediately.

To switch between different tabs, use the shortcut Ctrl + Tab or to move backwards use Ctrl + Shift + Tab. To move to a specific tab, use Ctrl + Tab number, such as Ctrl + 3. One of the most useful uses for this could be when moving or copying files and folders to different locations. You can also rearrange tabs by simply dragging and dropping them as you desire. To close a tab, either click on the cross icon on the tab or use the shortcut key Ctrl + W, or right-click on it to see more options, including the option to close all tabs.

The New Home Section

In the Home section, you can pin your most used files. Some of the files you will see here are files you have specifically pinned within an application. So if you pin a document in another app, it will appear in the Favourites section of the Home tab. To pin other files to the Favourites section, simply right-click on the file and select “Add to Favorites”. This makes it easy for users to directly open the app.

The New ‘Recently Opened Files’ Feature

Below the Favourites section of the app, if you scroll down to the bottom, you will find the ‘Recent’ open files. This area can get cluttered and if you prefer a cleaner look, you can change it in the options. Click on the ellipsis on the ribbon section of the File Explorer, then tap on the Options. In the Privacy tab, you can uncheck the box if you no longer want to view the Recently Opened Files.

Find specific document types

If you want to look for a specific type of document, you can use the Filter option. By clicking on it, you can choose from multiple document types such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Image, Videos, and PDF.

Improved OneDrive Integration

Microsoft has put a lot of effort into integrating OneDrive. You can find OneDrive on the left-side bar and within the folder, the syncing status appears in the upper-right corner. From there, you can see the sync status and the space used on OneDrive. You can also open the Settings and access OneDrive directly in your browser. The OneDrive section is now much cleaner and it is easier to find files.

Invert Selection

Now, you can invert the selection of files or folders by choosing “Invert Selection” from the ellipsis menu in the top-right corner of the ribbon. Everything except the file you initially selected will be selected. You can even copy a batch of files from the ellipsis menu. These options were previously available, but they were hidden among many other options.

That’s all Microsoft has introduced with the Microsoft File Explorer in the new Windows 11 22H2 update. These improvements really make the File Explorer more upgraded. Thank you for being with us. We would love to hear your valuable opinion and feedback. Share with us in the comment section below.