How to Switch between Tabs in File Explore in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to switch between File Explorer tabs in Windows 11.

The latest version of File Explorer in Windows 11 has tabs on the tile bar to help you work across multiple folder locations at once.

Previously, one could work with multiple folders by opening a new folder in the same window or setting File Explorer up to open in multiple independent folders.

With the new tabs browsing feature, the title bar of File Explorer will have tabs to help you work across multiple locations at the same time.

Below is how to switch between multiple tabs when using the new File Explorer in Windows 11.

Switch between multiple tabs with File Explorer in Windows 11

As mentioned above, the latest version of File Explorer in Windows 11 has tabs on the tile bar to help you work across multiple folder locations at once.

Here’s how to switch between tabs when you have multiple tabs open in File Explorer.

First, open File Explorer or use the shortcut keys: Windows key + E.

While File Explorer is opened, press the CTRL + T keys to open a new tab.

You can also click on the Add new tab (+) button on the title bar, or right-click on a folder and select Open in the new tab as highlighted below.

file explorer with multiple tabs
file explorer with multiple tabs

When you have multiple tabs open, you can switch between them using your keyboard or mouse. With a mouse, simply click on the tab you want to switch to and select it.

To use a keyboard shortcut, press the CTRL + 1 through 9 keys to switch to one of the first nine tabs you can have open from left to right.

file explore switch between tabs
file explore switch between tabs

Press the CTRL + Tab keys to switch or go to the next tab to the right of the current tab.

file explorer going left to right
file explorer going left to right

Press the CTRL + SHIFT + Tab keys to switch or go to the previous tab to the left of the current tab.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

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