It was revealed that Microsoft was working on a major update to File Explorer in Windows 11 a few weeks ago. It is expected that this will not only improve the main areas but also enhance integration with OneDrive, Microsoft 365 and other services. The File Explorer’s internal layouts confirm this. These were available at the Windows Central portal.
These images clearly demonstrate how the appearance of “Explorer”, as it may be called, will change. The images show the window title, updated search field, and a new home button. Other controls have been moved to the file/folder display area directly below the title.
It should be noted that Explorer’s redesigned homepage will have a deeper integration with Microsoft 365 cloud service. At the top of the workspace will be a section with suggested files. Fluent Design will be used to give the navigation bar at the left of the window a Fluent Design style. It features rounded buttons corners and other modern elements similar to those used by developers in Windows 11 apps. The details panel will provide more information about files and folders, and integrate with Microsoft 365. Many design updates to File Explorer will make it more accessible on touch screen devices.
According to the source Microsoft is also developing new features for File Explorer that will allow users to view images. For this purpose, the Gallery area of the application will be integrated. To view larger thumbnails, users will need to hover their mouse cursor over the file. Microsoft expects to add tag support to File Explorer. This will make file organization and classification easier.
If developers are successful, File Explorer will be the most updated version since Windows 8 over 10 years ago. Most of the updates to “Explorer”, it is expected, will be made public before the end this year. The new design will most likely be included in a major update of Windows 11 23H2 which is expected to arrive in the fall.