Windows 11’s File Explorer is getting a modern UI overhaul

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Microsoft is reportedly working on a big update to the File Explorer in Windows 11 that will improve its UI and features. Windows Central reports that the overhaul will include modern designs to match the rest of Windows 11, and features to more deeply integrate Microsoft 365 and OneDrive.

Internal mockups show a redesigned header in the File Explorer, alongside an updated search box and new home button. The home page of File Explorer also includes deeper Microsoft 365 integration, listing large thumbnails of documents that include items related to meetings, downloads, and comments from colleagues.

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A mockup of Microsoft’s rumored Windows 11 File Explorer changes.

The UI changes are subtle…

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