Windows 11 Build 25136 Brings File Explorer Tabs and More

Windows 11 Build 25136 is now available to Dev Channel users with a new File Explorer including tabs and other features. Although Microsoft insists that Build 25136 is not tied to any particular version, the feature is unlikely to debut in the production channel as Windows 11 22H2 has already reached RTM (being released for manufacturers/OEMs).

Windows 11 Build 25136 isn’t a massive release with tons of new features, but it finally brings support for the long-awaited tabs in File Explorer. Windows enthusiasts have asked Microsoft to improve the File Explorer interface by integrating tabs and other features.

Although File Explorer was updated with features like OneDrive integration and a modern ribbon design, one of the most requested feature “tabs” was missing from Explorer. Today’s update finally brings tabs and a redesigned sidebar back to File Explorer on Windows 11.

Tab functionality is not immediately visible. Microsoft officials said they are trying to enable tabs in Explorer again, but the feature isn’t ready for everyone yet as the company wants to test it with a small group of users at this time.

File Explorer Windows 11 Build 25136

Tabs in File Explorer is one of the features the company has been exploring for Windows since at least 2017. As some of you might recall, Microsoft tried to enable tabs in the File Explorer in 2017 with “Windows Sets” which was supposed to add tabs to all Windows 10 apps – including Settings, Control Panel, File Explorer and more.

Microsoft eventually canceled the project and decided to focus on fixing Edge by migrating it to the Chromium engine. The Sets feature isn’t returning, but Microsoft has now started modernizing File Explorer again by redesigning its sidebar and adding tabs to the title bar.

If you can’t wait for tabs to appear in preview builds, you can try a third-party app called “Files”, which is a File Explorer alternative with a whole new look, themes, dual pane , tabs, etc. .

What’s new in Windows 11 Build 25136

Windows 11 Build 25136 introduces a new File Explorer sidebar that was originally teased during the Hybrid Work event.

Build 25136 for Windows 11

As you can see in the screenshot above, File Explorer gets a refreshed layout on the left side that lets you easily navigate to important folders. The new Explorer provides access to pinned and frequently used folders and even your OneDrive profiles if you link cloud storage to Windows 11.

There are also other changes in the navigation pane. For example, Windows folders that are already in the navigation are no longer displayed under This PC. This reduces clutter and lets you organize your PC’s view of drives.

Also, the address bar now correctly displays the path in the address when visiting OneDrive synced files, making it easy to tell if folders are on the cloud or available locally.

The latest Windows 11 update also brings dynamic updates to taskbar widgets. As you probably know, the Windows 11 taskbar is static, but it can show weather updates through the widget table.

Microsoft is now exploring support for more widget content on your taskbar.

You can view weather updates on the taskbar and live updates from two widgets: the sports and finance widgets. Additionally, Microsoft plans to push news alerts directly to the taskbar.

Windows 11 version 25136 improvements:

  • Microsoft now allows you to report animated gifs if you find them inappropriate in the emoji panel.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue causing PCs to be incorrectly detected as tablets. This bug accidentally enabled compact mode and disabled a feature that lets you hide checkboxes in File Explorer.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue that caused the SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION bug check in recent Dev Channel builds.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where taskbar apps overflow with system tray icons.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where when hovering over an app, the notification no longer flashes.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where Start can only display a single column of recommended items.
  • You can now easily pin a large number of apps to Start.

How to install Windows 11 version 25136

To install Windows 11 version 25136Follow these steps:

  1. Register for Windows Insider Program.
  2. Open the Settings page.
  3. Switch to Developer Channel.
  4. Click on “Check for updates” and select “Download and install”.
  5. Click on “Restart now”.

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