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Windows 11: New Features coming to File Explorer revealed

We’ve known for some time that Microsoft has been working on some new features for Windows 11’s File Explorer. Now, the folks at Windows Central have some news to share about the upcoming update, which won’t just have a revamped search field.

Previous buttons in the header such as “New”, “Copy” and “Paste” are moved to the file/folder view just below the header. Additionally, the home page has been modernized with a deeper connection to Microsoft 365. A recommended file feed is displayed at the top, highlighted by larger thumbnails to make it easier to see which files are suggested. The details pane also gets a major update to bring it in line with the rest of File Explorer, including Microsoft 365 integration and a more immersive experience when viewing file details.

With deeper Microsoft 365 integration, users can see recent email threads and comments on files shared with multiple colleagues, or attached via email in the cloud. This information can be viewed directly in the shared files or in the details area. The innovations could also help File Explorer become more popular with touchscreen device users. Microsoft is working on updating File Explorer with an improved photo viewer. This is to be achieved through the use of a new “Gallery” section, where users can hover over photos to see larger previews.

There is also speculation that Microsoft wants to integrate the ability to “tag” files. This would allow users to organize and categorize specific files using keywords and colors. According to the folks at Windows Central, most of the promised changes could be rolled out to all Windows 11 users before the end of 2023.



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