New Windows 11 Dev build 25290 brings a hidden feature to File Explorer

The latest Windows 11 Dev build brings a common feature to the modern web browser, which allows users to drag a File Explorer tab out and open a new window. The feature is currently hidden so users can’t spot the change even if they are on Windows 11 Insider with the latest Dev build installed.

Microsoft’s last Windows 11 Dev Insider Build 25290 introduced lots of new features like third-party widgets, bug fixes, and improvements. But  Microsoft did not point out some changes which are currently hidden in the latest Dev build.

Windows 11 Dev build 25290

Here is how users can enable the hidden feature in Windows 11 Dev build 25290

Spotted by PhantonOcean3 on Twitter, Dev build 25290 comes with a small improvement to the tab experience in Windows 11 File Explorer, allowing users to drag a File Explorer tab out and open a new window and drag tabs between windows. Although such a minor improvement isn’t as exciting as a new feature, it elevates the overall tabs experience in Windows 11.

The File Explorer’s hidden tab features can be enabled with a single Vive ID. Users running Windows 11  Dev Build 25290, follow the below steps to improve the tabs experience in File Explorer:

  1. Download ViveTool GUI from GitHub.
  2. Install the app.
  3. Open the app and search for feature ID 39661369.
  4. Enable it.

After following the above steps, users can see the changes in File Explorer.

The changes will eventually be available to the Windows 11 Insiders in future builds. So users can also wait until the features become available for all Windows 11 Dev Insiders.

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