Microsoft is working on a major design update for Windows 11’s File Explorer app

What you need to know

  • Microsoft is working to modernize more areas of the File Explorer app
  • References to a modernized Home page and side pane experience have been spotted
  • This modern design update will integrate with File Explorer’s already modernized header UI

Microsoft looks to be working on a major design update for the File Explorer on Windows 11, which will introduce a modernized Home and folder interface to match the already modernized header first introduced with Windows 11 last year.

Early code and references to a modern Home page and side pane experience have been spotted in the latest Windows 11 preview builds. Currently, the File Explorer on Windows 11 is a mashup of old and new interfaces, with the top part of the app featuring a modern design, and the “main” part of the app featuring a legacy design.

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