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Windows 11 File Explorer gets a new Home in latest Insider build

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What you need to know

  • Windows 11 Build 22593 just rolled out to Insiders in the Dev and Beta channels.
  • The default homepage within File Explorer is now called Home rather than Quick access.
  • The build also adds Microsoft Journal as a default app with the Pen menu on Windows 11.

Microsoft just released Windows 11 Build 22593 to Insiders in the Dev and Beta channels. The update includes a handful of changes and a long list of fixes. Notably, the default homepage in File Explorer is now called Home rather than Quick access. This change helps align File Explorer with Office and OneDrive.

The update also adds Microsoft Journal as a default app in the Pen menu on Windows 11. Microsoft Journal started as a Microsoft Garage project but recently became an officially supported app. Previously known simply as Journal, the app focuses on inking, taking notes, and annotating documents. It uses artificial intelligence for its gestures, which allows for quicker input.

Here's everything that's new in Windows 11 Build 22593:

  • Updated WIN + X so that if Windows Terminal is installed the menu will include an entry for Terminal, and in cases where Windows Terminal is uninstalled it will display Windows PowerShell.
  • The default homepage of File Explorer is now called Home. The name Quick access has been repurposed for the pinned/frequent folders section and Pinned files is now called Favorites to align with Office and OneDrive.
  • Recent and pinned files displayed in Home are now searchable using the search box in File Explorer even if they are not local files, so you can find Office files recently shared with you.
  • Microsoft Journal is now pinned by default on the Pen menu. If you don't have the app installed, it will be installed from the Microsoft Store if chosen on the Pen menu.
  • If you press WIN + Z to open snap layouts, all the layouts will now show associated numbers, so you can quickly use the number keys to select the desired layout.
  • Added 5-minute increments for everything under a half hour to focus session length options.
  • Memory integrity is a feature in Windows 11 designed to prevent attacks from inserting malicious code into high-security processes. This feature can be found in Windows Security under Device Security > Core isolation. In the most recent Insider Preview builds, we will notify the user that this feature is currently turned off so that action can be taken for the user to turn it back on so that their device is as secure as possible against malicious attacks.
  • Updated the ADLaM keyboard layout to add access to brackets and ADLaM Hamza. To access these:
  • Right Alt + \ will now input »
  • Right Alt + | will now input «
  • Right Alt + Shift + [ will now input {
  • Right Alt + Shift + ] will now input }
  • Ctrl + Shift + ; will now input the Hamza character
  • Updated the Pashto keyboard layout so that ې and ئ are now directly accessible on the keyboard. Accessing ظ and ط is now done by holding Shift and pressing the aforementioned letters, respectively.

To read through the lengthy list of fixes shipped in the build, make sure to check out Microsoft's blog post on the update.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

5 Comments
  • Showing a picture of tabbed windows in File Explorer is inappropriate for a review of this build, since they don't exist in this build.
  • I am not able to update. It says Error occured
  • I had a similar problem a few updates ago. Try going back (roll back the latest patch), reboot to a previous patch level, then update as per normal. It then updated to the newest level normally.
  • Where is the tabs in File Explorer (shown on the photo at top of article)? I don't see it in this build.
  • Whether called "Home" or "Quick Access", I immediately went into the registry and killed that. I only want to see This PC.