Although this has been a highly requested feature for many years, it’s not something every user wants to use, and unfortunately, File Explorer doesn’t include an option to disable tabs. However, if the feature isn’t for you, it’s still possible to remove the tabs using the ViveTool app created by Rafael Rivera and Lucas on GitHub, which is usually used to enable the preview of experimental features. This guide will teach you the steps to turn off the tabs feature on Windows 11 22H2.

Disable tabs for File Explorer on Windows 11

To disable tabs in File Explorer on Windows 11, use these steps: Once you complete the steps, File Explorer should now have tabs and the new navigation pane design on Windows 11 22H2.

In the command, remember to change the path to the folder with your path. If you change your mind, you can revert the changes with the same instructions but on step 10, make sure to use these commands: vivetool /enable /id:37634385 and vivetool /enable /id:36354489 and then restart the device. It’s important to note that even though these commands continue to work, Microsoft may remove the ability to disable this and other features in future updates, which means that it’s not guaranteed that tabs will stay disabled indefinitely. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.