Windows 11 is official and it’s coming later this year with a
redesigned Start Menu, taskbar, Action Center and more. The
next generation of Windows will also include a File Explorer
which ties in closely with other modern apps as part of the
overhauled desktop efforts, and we’ve just got a glimpse of
that refreshed interface during the Windows developers event.
File Explorer, as you may be aware, has been a part of Windows
for decades now. It is the most important feature of the
Windows interface which powers different parts of the OS and
lets you browse folders and files on your device.
It’s all set for
big changes with Windows 11. During the developer event,
Microsoft teased an updated File Explorer with a much more
streamlined interface, rounded corners, colourful icons and
It’s practically not possible for Microsoft to replace the File
Explorer with an entirely new and modern UWP version, so
Microsoft is trying to improve the existing app by redesigning
the entire toolbar and other areas. Clearly, though, the
idea is to modernize all legacy features that cannot be removed
The toolbar, which is the top area of Explorer, is getting a
complete makeover. The toolbar has been replaced with a
WinUI-inspired modern header that features modern buttons,
rounded corners and colourful icons.
It also contains various options and a set of advanced features
that are always visible.
For example, we’re getting a “New Folder” button that will
allow users to create a new folder easily on a touchscreen
device. Microsoft is also introducing new controls like cut,
paste, rename, delete, share and more.
The File Explorer also includes an updated edit button, modern
pop-ups, dialog boxes, context menus with rounded, and more.
As you can see from the images above, the new interface looks
modern and better than the current version. It has been
simplified but it doesn’t feel sparse like modern File Explorer
spotted on Windows 10X. Remember that it is the near-final
version of the revamped File Explorer, but more changes could
be on the way.
It’s also worth noting that Microsoft was working on a
web-based file manager Explorer for Windows, but that project
seems to have been scrapped alongside Windows 10X.
In addition to File Explorer,
Microsoft is also redesigning the Windows Settings app,
Store, Microsoft Photos app and other 1st-party apps.
According to Microsoft spokesperson, Windows 10 successor
will begin rolling out to testers of the Insider program by
early next week and more details will be shared soon.