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What is Windows 11 file explorer?

Today we will show you what is the file explorer of Windows 11. The new Microsoft operating system brings an innovative file explorer. Indeed, in several respects it differs from its predecessor in Windows 10. It certainly does not convince many users. Indeed, we miss some aspects. For example, the use of tabs to open multiple folders, as well as the inclusion of add-ons. This is the reason developers are encouraged to offer alternatives.

Main innovations of Windows 11 file explorer

The most noticeable changes can be seen in the graphical interface. Indeed, it lacks tabs. In addition, we have a new modern interface, icons, redesigned context menu and many other settings. In accordance with the new look of Windows 11, it incorporates rounded corners. Additionally, the menu and title bar have been combined into a header interface. It also incorporates a New icon in the toolbar. This speeds up the creation of a new folder.

New icons in Windows 11 Explorer

Another important change is the incorporation of new icons. These elements are modern, with new styles, colors, and orientations to align with the latest design changes incorporated into the system. On the other hand, the New Folder icon has changed. Consequently, there are two versions of the icon. One is to indicate that the folder is empty, and another icon to indicate that the folder has contents inside. Actually, a simple but very practical change. In addition, the icon for the compressed folder has also been modified.

Example of the new icons in the Windows 11 file explorer.
Example of the new icons in the Windows 11 file explorer.

New redesigned tools menu in Windows 11 file explorer

The new file explorer also incorporates a new tool menu design. In this menu there is a top row with different commands for quick actions. These are: Cut, Copy, Rename, Share and Delete. Additionally, a list of options depending on the item we are currently selecting. By default, the menu only shows the most common commands that we usually use. However, we can always see more options by clicking on the corresponding menu.

View of the tools' menu in Windows 11 file explorer
View of the tools’ menu in Windows 11 file explorer

Using the file explorer toolbar.

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We have already mentioned that we have a new toolbar. We also mentioned that Microsoft has added a button for New. Using it we can create new folders, shortcuts, bitmap image, text document and compressed folder. We can also find the tools for cutting, copying, pasting, sharing and deleting files. There are also controls to customize the View and Sort files actions. In the first option, we can determine how we want to see the icons or files. We can also view the hidden elements.

There are also specific actions according to the type of files. For example, when selecting an image, we can choose different options such as: Set as background, rotate left or rotate right. Finally, there is a three-dot icon. From there, we can manage different options related to the files. For example, select all, do nothing or invert selection.

Tools menu
Tools menu

File explorer search engine features

Below the toolbar, there is an address bar. From there we can scroll to the different folders. Therefore, it has controls to go forward, backward, up and down. These controls are very useful to move comfortably through the folders. It also incorporates a new button to update the explorer window. Finally, there is the search bar to locate the files, programs, or applications that we have in our computer.

Windows 11 file explorer search and address bar
Windows 11 file explorer search and address bar

Managing quick access in the file explorer

Quick access is an old acquaintance of the file explorer. Its use is maintained in this version of Windows 11. When clicking on it, folders are displayed with a number. This number indicates how many main folders there are. Therefore, we will be able to see: desktop, downloads, documents and images. In each one of them, the files will go automatically according to what type of file or format they are. For example, in the downloads’ folder will go the files that we have downloaded recently in our computer. In the Images’ folder will be saved the screenshots we have recently downloaded to our computer.

Quick access
Quick access

How Windows 11 Explorer recent files work.

Just below the quick access folders, there is the Recent Files section. In this section, we can see all the files we have opened and have been using. Very useful to quickly open all the usual documents. Just below the quick access folders, there is the Recent Files section. In this section, we can see all the files we have opened and have been using. Very useful to quickly open all the usual documents. A handy Preview tab is also available. Which is very useful to preview the files without having to open them.

Recent files with their respective preview
Recent files with their respective preview

How Windows 11 Explorer views work

We are coming to the final part of the new features of Windows 11 file explorer. This time we will refer to the view menu. Actually, it is a set of controls located at the bottom of the explorer screen. Specifically, in the lower-left corner is a counter that indicates the number of items present in that explorer window. Now, in the lower-right corner, there are a few more icons. The first icon, is to put all our items in a vertical list. The second icon we find is to put all our larger files horizontally. Very well, in this way we have seen that it is the file explorer of Windows 11. As you can see, there are several innovations that will make your work easier. See you later!

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