After what appeared to be Microsoft radio silence since April, the company announced that a major 2022 update for Windows 11 is now available to all users starting today (September 20), with tabs in File Explorer. being one of the support resources.
from Microsoft internal program (opens in new tab)which lets you try out in-development features for Windows on your PC, has been suggesting several ways to speed up your workflow, as well as improving the taskbar and Start menu.
This one new update (opens in new tab) Not only does it bring better customization to the taskbar, but more accessibility features that bring live subtitles across the OS and a more natural human voice to text-to-speech capabilities.
Finally, tabs arrived in Explorer
The tabs in File Explorer might not seem like a big deal, but when you start playing around with the feature while moving files around, you wonder how you managed without it after all this time.
Adding a new tab is like your web browser, pressing CTRL + T so that a new one appears in the same window. Dragging and dropping files between tabs is quite easy, so you can rearrange photos and games without having multiple Explorer windows to do it like before.
Nonetheless, Accessibility is another supporting feature (opens in new tab) for the first major Windows 11 update. Natural voices for narration and text-to-speech finally replace the robotic voices of previous versions of Windows, making your opinions and statements more human than ever before.
Along with this improvement, there are also live subtitles which are now system-wide, not just limited to a few apps as before. You can enable this by going to Settings > Accessibility > Live Subtitles, where these subtitles will be at the top of the screen. Microsoft Teams calls, videos and more will appear with subtitles thanks to this new update.
Granted, there are better customization options for the taskbar, but this will be seen as a small victory in the war for this part of Windows 11, as users will still be limited in how they can change the appearance.
Regardless, this new update is at least proof that Microsoft is listening to the feedback and is a great example of how it is meeting the accessibility needs of Windows 11 users.
If you still cannot see the update on your PC, our guide should give you an idea of how you can access it.