Want a file explorer with tabs in Windows 11? Try These 3 Free Apps

Why wait for Microsoft to do the work? Here are some apps that let you enjoy File Explorer with tabs on Windows 11.

If there’s one feature that Windows users have been asking for, it’s that Microsoft is adding tabs to Windows File Explorer. This is understandable, given that tabs make multitasking easier when working with files and documents in Windows 11.

Luckily, you don’t have to wait for Microsoft to add this feature to its file browser, because there are free file explorer apps with tabs you can use today. Here are three.

The Files app is closest to Windows File Explorer, as it is very intuitive and easy to use. Once you install it from the Microsoft Store, you can create tabs by clicking on the plus sign in the title bar, as you would in a web browser such as Google Chrome.

Other notable Files features include file previews, custom themes, bi-pane layouts, cloud drive support and protection, and file tags.

To download: Files app

Explorer++ is a lightweight and portable file browser, which means you don’t even have to install it. Once you have downloaded and extracted the ZIP file, double click on the EXE file to open the application and start enjoying a new tabbed experience.

Creating tabs in Explorer++ isn’t as intuitive as Files because there’s no plus sign anywhere to make it obvious. But you can easily do it by pressing CTRL+T or by right-clicking on any tab and selecting New tab.

To download: Explorer++

If you want to do all your tabbed browsing without using a Windows File Explorer alternative, you can add tabs to it with QTTabBar. Once the extension is installed, you will see tabs appear below the address bar. You can create new tabs by clicking on the plus sign next to the last tab you added.

To download: QTTabBar ver 2048

Enjoy File Explorer Apps with Tabs in Windows 11

Having tabs in Windows Explorer File Explorer can make you more efficient when working with your files and folders. But since Microsoft’s default file browser doesn’t have this feature, you’ll have to get it elsewhere or add it. For this purpose, you can check out Files, Explorer++ and QTTabBar.

While there are plenty of other file explorer apps you can check out, we’ve picked them out for people looking for something totally free.

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