In this post, you will learn about Windows 11 new file explorer experience design details. There are several new design changes in the Windows 11 new file explorer. The end-user experience of Windows 11 when you compare with Windows 10 file explorer.
The new experience of file explorer didn’t come with multiple Tabs options similar to tabs in the Microsoft Edge browser. The new File explorer has many cosmetics changed that I’m going to cover in this post. Let’s also discuss the design UI changes with file explorer.
The functionality of file explorer is not changed at all. The concept of the file explorer in Windows 11 is similar to that of Windows 10 and Windows 7. You have many other new features of Windows 11 options.
Use of Windows 11 New File Explorer
Let’s check what are the uses of Windows file explorer. You can see the default functionalities of the explorer is available with Windows 11. File explorer is use cases are given below and these basic functionalities are not changed when you compare with Windows 10.
- Interact with stored files in Windows.
- Organize your personal files.
- Create Folders to organize files.
- Interact with files stored in cloud like Onedrive.
- Search bar option is available.
- Path bar is available for navigation through different files and folders.
NOTE! – I didn’t feel any improvements in terms of search in Windows 11 new file explorer. I have seen comments from the community that there are better file search applications.
You can check the new toolbar options with Windows 11 file explorer. You don’t see ribbon options in the new file explorer. You don’t have options like File, Share, and View ribbon options in Windows 11 explorer.
The new toolbar comes with very simplified icons. These icons are there for the following operations.
Use Large Thumnails
You can have an option to change the view of file explorer using the icons on the right-side bottom corner. Display items by using large thumbnails. The shortcut to change to thumbnails view is Ctrl + Shift + 2.
The other view option of Windows 11 file explorer used to Disaply information about each item in the Window. The shortcut key to get the details view is Ctrl+Shift+6.
Sort and Group Operations
You can see the new option to sort and group operations are available near to delete button. The following options are available in the new explorer.
- Total Size
- Group by
Layout and View Options
The new layout and view options are available in the Windows 11 new file explorer option. You can change the view of file explorer with Extra large icons, Large icons, Medium icons, Small icons, List, Details, Tiles, Content, Compact view, and Show options.
- Navigation pane
- Details pane
- Preview pane
- Item check boxes
- File name extensions
- Hidden Items
Additional Options with New File Explorer
The last option in the file explorer toolbar is three dots options (ellipses). The following are the additional operations that are available with Windows 11 new file explorer.
- Add a network locatio
- Map network drive
- Disconnect network drive
- Select all
- Select none
- Invert selection