The idea of the feature is simple. Instead of having multiple instances of File Explorer, you can now use one instance of the app to navigate multiple folders and drive locations. Also, you can create new or close open tabs, and the feature works in dark mode. This guide will teach you the easy steps to get started with tabs on File Explorer for Windows 11.

Manage tabs on File Explorer

On Windows 11 22H2 and higher releases, tabs should be enabled automatically. If not, you can use these steps to enable the feature on your computer.

Create new tabs

To create a new tab on File Explorer for Windows 11, use these steps: You can also use the right-click and middle button options to open locations from the left navigation bar.

You can also use the “Ctrl + N” keyboard shortcut, but the action is the same as the “Windows key + E” action, which opens a new instance of File Explorer.

Close open tabs

To close tabs on File Explorer, use these steps: If you want to close all the tabs at the same time, click the Close (X) button on File Explorer.

Browse open tabs

On File Explorer, you can navigate open tabs using these actions: File Explorer doesn’t have the option to disable tabs, but if you want the traditional experience, you may still be able to turn off the feature using this workaround.

Windows 11 doesn’t limit the tabs you can open on File Explorer. If the application can’t show more tabs, the overflow buttons will appear on the right and left to move between tabs.  Also, even though you can drag the tabs, you cannot drag them out of the window to start a new instance. If this is the case, you will need to open a new File Explorer instance manually. For example, using the “Windows Key + E” keyboard shortcut. 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.