How to enable File Explorer tabs in Windows 11 2022 Update right now

Microsoft released the Windows 11 2022 Update this week and revealed plans to push the first feature drop in October. Included in the October feature drop is long-awaited tab support in the operating system’s default file manager, File Explorer.

file explorer tabs

Users with NVIDIA hardware may want to postpone installing the first feature update for Windows 11, as several users have reported performance degradations after installing the update.

Windows 11 users who have already upgraded to the new version of Windows 11 or purchased a device with the update installed can enable the October 2022 feature removal functionality on those devices.

word of warningNote: While we didn’t notice any issues after enabling File Explorer tabs on a test system, the content should be considered under development. Enabling it on production machines is not recommended. In any case, it is recommended to create a full system backup to be on the safe side.

How to enable File Explorer tabs and other October 2022 removal features right now in Windows 11

Microsoft has a habit of including future updates on Windows systems to speed up the installation once the updates are officially released.

For this to work, Windows 11 build 22621 or later needs to be installed. An easy way to check the version is to open Start, type winver, and check the version that appears in the About Windows window.

To enable the features right now, do the following:

vivetool enable file explorer tabs

  1. Download the latest version of the ViveTool command line utility from GitGub.
  2. Extract the downloaded ViVeTool zip file to the local system.
  3. Remember the folder path or copy it to the clipboard. Tip: You can use the new keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-C to copy the folder path (by selecting the ViVeTool folder and then using the keyboard shortcut).
  4. Select Start, type cmd.
  5. Select Run as administrator to launch an elevated Command Prompt window.
  6. Confirm the UAC prompt.
  7. Type cd and paste the copied path or type it. In our case, the command was cd “C:\Users\Martin\Downloads\ViVeTool-v0.3.1”
  8. Now run the following commands to enable the new functionality:
    1. File Browser:
      1. vivetool /enable /id:39145991
      2. vivetool /enable /id:37634385
      3. vivetool /enable /id:36354489
    2. Suggested actions:
      1. vivetool /enable /id:34592303
    3. New “Open With” interface:
      1. vivetool /enable /id:36302090
    4. Taskbar Overflow:
      1. vivetool /enable /id:35620393
  9. A system reboot is required to finalize the changes.

Once restarted, the new features are available. Open File Explorer and you should see the new tab bar at the top. Simply activate the plus icon to add a new tab to File Explorer. The other features are also available, if activated with the tool.

Again, most Windows 11 users may want to wait until next month when the first Moments update is released; this update will officially enable the features in the operating system.

Now you: Have you tried tabs in File Explorer? Do you like the function? (via PhantomOcean3 /twitter)


How to enable File Explorer tabs in Windows 11 2022 Update right now

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How to enable File Explorer tabs in Windows 11 2022 Update right now


Find out how to enable File Explorer tabs and other features planned for an October 2022 release in Windows 11 2022 Update right now.


Martin Brinkman


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