After what felt like radio silence from Microsoft since April, the company has announced that a major 2022 update for Windows 11 is available to all users starting today (September 20), with tabs in File Explorer being a key feature.
Microsoft’s Insider Program (opens in new tab)which lets you try out work-in-progress features for Windows on your PC, has outlined a number of ways to speed up your workflow, in addition to improving the split taskbar and Start menu.
This new update (opens in new tab) not only brings better taskbar customization, but also better accessibility features that bring live subtitles across the operating system and a more natural human voice for text-to-speech functions.
Tabs have finally arrived in Explorer
Tabs in File Explorer might not sound like a big deal, but once you start playing around with the feature while moving files around, you’ll wonder how you got along without them after all this time.
Adding a new tab is done like in your web browser by pressing CTRL + T so that a new one appears in the same window. Dragging and dropping files between tabs is easy enough that you can rearrange photos and games without having multiple explorer windows to do it like before.
However, accessibility is another Tentpole feature (opens in new tab) for the first major update of Windows 11. Natural voices for narration and text-to-speech finally replace the robotic voices of previous versions of Windows, making your opinions and statements more human than before.
Alongside this improvement, there are also live subtitles, which are now available system-wide and not just limited to a few applications as was previously the case. You can turn this on by going to Settings > Accessibility > Live Captions, where these labels are located at the top of the ad. Calls, videos and more from Microsoft Teams are shown with closed captions thanks to this new update.
Granted, there are better customization options for the taskbar, but this is seen as a small victory in the war for this part of Windows 11, as users are still limited in how they can change the look.
Regardless, this new update is at least evidence that Microsoft has listened to feedback and is a great example of how it’s addressing the accessibility needs of Windows 11 users.
If you can’t see the update on your PC yet, our leader should give you an idea of how to access it.
https://www.techradar.com/news/tabs-to-file-explorer-and-more-finally-arrive-in-new-windows-11-2022-update Tabs to File Explorer and more finally arrive in new Windows 11 2022 update