In addition, File Explorer has been updated with a redesigned layout for the left navigation pane. The design organization provides easy access to pinned and frequently used folders and OneDrive cloud profiles, which now reflect the user’s name associated with the account. Also, the known folders (Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, etc.) are no longer displayed under “This PC” to keep that view focused on the drives. If you want to get hands-on with tabs and the new navigation pane, you need to install the latest system update for Windows 11 or use a third-party tool called “ViVeTool,” created by Rafael Rivera and Lucas on GitHub, to enable the new experience on your computer. This guide will teach you the steps to turn on the tabs feature on Windows 11 22H2. You can use these instructions to learn more about how to use tabs on File Explorer.

Enable tabs for File Explorer on Windows 11 22H2

To enable tabs for File Explorer on Windows 11, use these steps: Once you complete the steps, the latest update will be installed, enabling tabs for File Explorer. If tabs are still unavailable, use the steps below to force the feature.

Enable tabs for File Explorer from ViveTool on Windows 11 22H2

To force enable tabs in File Explorer on Windows 11 22H2, use these steps: After 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 /disable /id:37634385, vivetool /disable /id:39145991 and vivetool /disable /id:36354489 and then restart the device. Update October 20, 2022: Since the company released the update KB5019509, you do not need to enable tabs manually anymore. You only need to install Windows 11 build 22621.675 (KB5019509) from Settings > Windows Update and click the Check for Updates button. Update November 1, 2022: This guide has been updated to reflect that the feature is now available to everyone, and you only need to install the latest system update to get it. However, if tabs are still missing, you can use the command tool to force the feature on your computer. 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.