Windows 11 Build 22621.160 (KB5014770) bring File Explorer tabs to Windows 11 version 22H2. In this MiniTool post, you can learn some related information about this new feature. You can also learn how to download and install this update on your device.

Release date: June 13, 2022

Microsoft Releases Windows 11 Build 22621.160 to the Beta Channel

Windows 11 version 22H2 will be released in the fall of 2022. Now, Microsoft is testing the preview builds in the Beta Channel and Windows 11 preview build 22621 should be the final build. This build is available in the Beta Channel currently. Microsoft is still introducing new features to this build. Windows 11 Build 22621.160 (KB5014770) is the first cumulative preview update for Windows 11 version 22H2. This update has some new features, including File Explorer tabs.

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File Explorer Tabs

Fie Explorer tabs is the long-wait feature in Windows 11. Microsoft has been planning for it for a long time. Users also look forward to it for a long time. Now, Windows 11 22H2 can take File Explorer via Windows 11 Build 22621.160 (KB5014770).

File Explorer tabs is just like the tabs in Chrome, you can click the “+” icon on the top bar to add a new tab. You can also switch among multiple tabs easily and quickly. It is also possible to move a tab to your desired location. You see, everything is simple now.

File Explorer tabs in Windows 11 22H2

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Microsoft also updates the left navigation pane in File Explorer. After updating, it will be very easy to switch to the folder you want to open. For example, you can find your pinned and frequently used folder from the left pane. On the other hand, your OneDrive cloud profiles are added to Windows.

However, Microsoft is still testing these new features. So they are not available to all Insiders in the Beta Channel. If you can’t see the new File Explorer tabs and updates navigation pane, you should not worry about it. If you want to experience it, you can manually enable File Explorer tabs on your Windows 11 device.

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How to Get Windows 11 Build 22621.160?

If you are already in the Beta Channel and running a Windows 11 preview build, you can just go to Settings > Windows Update to see if the update is available. Usually, your system can automatically detect the update and show it in Windows Update. Then, you can click the Download & install button to install it on your computer. At last, you still need to click the Restart now button to restart your device to complete the entire installation.

If you are still running Windows 10 but want to experience the early build of Windows 11 22H2, you will need to first check if your computer can run Windows 11. If yes, you need to participate in the Beta Channel of the Windows Insider Program and then install this build via Windows Update. At the same time, you’d better back up your files and system before the update to keep them safe. You can use MiniTool ShadowMaker, profession Windows backup software, to back up your computer to an external hard drive.

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When your files get lost by mistake, you can restore them from your previous backup. However, if there is no available backup, you can use MiniTool Power Data Recovery (dedicate data recovery software for Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 to rescue your files.

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