Hands-on with tabs in File Explorer on Windows 11 build 22572 (video)

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What you need to know

  • Windows 11 Build 22572 is live and contains a host of new features.
  • Tabs in the File Explorer is the big one for this release, though it's not yet official (you won't find it in the changelog).
  • New apps and utilities are also in the build, including the integration of Clipchamp.

People have waited a long time for this moment and their patience has been rewarded: Tabs in the File Explorer. Windows 11 Build 22572 finally brings the requested feature to users, though it's not part of the build's changelog. You can see the tabulated glory firsthand in our video, but the gist is straightforward enough: No longer will you have to spam File Explorer windows to see multiple things. Now you can just add a new tab without losing your initial search results. Innovation!

There's also a new Family app built right into the build that gives you the ability to keep track of family members. Just add their Microsoft account to the app and you'll be able to set up content filters, screentime limits, get location notifications, and more. We show off the whole gamut of Family app utilities in the hands-on, in the event you want the full scoop.

In other news, Quick Assist can now be updated by the Microsoft Store, which is handy. And there's Clipchamp, otherwise known as Microsoft's video editing service acquisition from a few months ago that has now integrated into Windows 11 as a preloaded web app for your editing needs. It's nowhere near as robust or utility-loaded as more dedicated video editors on the market, but as a preloaded option, it's handy for making quick, bite-sized content (clips, if you will).

There's even more under the hood of Build 22572, so watch the hands-on for a thorough exploration of the latest big features as well as the interesting minutia.

Robert Carnevale

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