How to Open and Close File Explorer Tabs in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to open or close File Explorer tabs in Windows 11. Microsoft is testing a new File Explorer feature that allows tabs browsing.

The current File Explorer settings will will users to open a new folder in the same window or set up to open in multiple independent folders.

With the new tabs browsing feature, the title bar of File Explorer will have tabs to help you work across multiple locations at the same time. This is currently available to computers enrolled in Microsoft Insider Preview program.

You should expect to see it when it is generally available to all users in the near future. If you want to user tabs in File Explorer right now, you may have to enroll your device in the Insider Preview program.

How to open or close tabs in File Explorer in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Microsoft is testing a new File Explorer feature that allows tabs browsing to help you work across multiple locations at the same time.

Below is how to open or close tabs in File Explorer.

There’s a shortcut to open new tabs in File Explorer. However, File Explorer must be opened to use it.

First, open File Explorer or use the shortcut keys: Windows key + E.

While File Explorer is opened, press the CTRL + T keys to open a new tab.

You can also click on the Add new tab (+) button on the title bar, or right-click on a folder and select Open in new tab as highlighted below.

tabs in file explorer windows 11

To close a current tab your are working in, press the Ctrl + W keys.

You can also click the X on the tab or right-click on the tab you wish to close and select Close tab, Close other tabs or Close tabs to the right.

close tab in file explorer windows 11

You can switch between tabs in File Explorer as well. Press the CTRL + 1 to 9 keys to switch to one of the first nine tabs from left to right.

Press the CTRL + Tab keys to switch or go to the next tab to the right of the current tab.

Press the CTRL + SHIFT + Tab keys to switch or go to the previous tab to the left of the current tab.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to open or close tabs in File Explorer in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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