General Switch Between File Explorer Tabs in Windows 11


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Starting with Windows 11 build 25136 and build 22621.160, the title bar of File Explorer now has tabs to help you work across multiple locations at the same time.

This tutorial will help show you different ways to switch between open tabs in File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.


Microsoft is beginning to roll this File Explorer Tabs feature out, so it isn’t available to all Insiders in the Dev and Beta Channels just yet as Microsoft plans to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone.



Contents

  • Option One: Switch to Tab in File Explorer using Click/Tap
  • Option Two: Switch to Tab in File Explorer using Keyboard Shortcut
  • Option Three: Switch to Next Tab in File Explorer using Keyboard Shortcut
  • Option Four: Switch to Previous Tab in File Explorer using Keyboard Shortcut


EXAMPLE: Tabs in File Explorer

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Option One

Switch to Tab in File Explorer using Click/Tap


1 Click/tap on the tab in File Explorer you want to switch to.




Option Two

Switch to Tab in File Explorer using Keyboard Shortcut


1 Press the Ctrl + 1 to 9 keys to switch to one of the first nine tabs from left to right in File Explorer.




Option Three

Switch to Next Tab in File Explorer using Keyboard Shortcut


1 Press the Ctrl + Tab keys to switch or cycle to the next tab to the right of the current tab in File Explorer.




Option Four

Switch to Previous Tab in File Explorer using Keyboard Shortcut


1 Press the Ctrl Shift + Tab keys to switch or cycle to the previous tab to the left of the current tab in File Explorer.



That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Yep - unless MS do a surprise and add it to Beta, we are still a year away from seeing it in RTM regrettably.

Edit: well MS did spring a surprise with late inclusion into Beta/RP channel.

Still not a certainty yet as going through A/B testing but MS would annoy the crap out of Insiders if file explorer tabs were rejected at this late stage. With MS, one can never tell!
 
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