Windows 11’s File Explorer is getting a modern UI overhaul

Microsoft is reportedly working on a major update to the File Explorer in Windows 11 that will improve the user interface and features. Windows Central reports that the revision will include modern designs to match the rest of Windows 11, and features to more deeply integrate Microsoft 365 and OneDrive.

Internal mockups show a redesigned file explorer header, alongside an updated search box and a new launch button. The File Explorer home page also includes deeper Microsoft 365 integration, with large thumbnails of documents containing items related to meetings, downloads, and comments from colleagues.

A mockup of Microsoft’s rumored Windows 11 File Explorer changes.
Image: Windows Central

Microsoft is also reportedly working on a new gallery section of the file explorer, which will include larger previews of photos. Microsoft is also said to be working on a tagging feature for File Explorer, much like you can tag and organize files in the macOS Finder app.

Microsoft has not officially acknowledged these new File Explorer changes, but parts of the code associated with these changes have been discovered in recent Windows 11 test builds. Microsoft has shifted to testing more experimental features in Windows 11 that may not always ship, but these file explorer changes are rumored to launch in late 2023.

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