New Tabs feature in Windows 11 (22H2) consumes less RAM

Tabbed File Explorer in Windows 11

Surprisingly, Windows 11’s new ‘tabs’ feature appears to reduce the RAM consumption of File Explorer.

  • Windows 11 version 22H2 has a built-in File Explorer with Tabs.
  • File Explorer tabs look and behave just like we use tabs in any web browser.
  • The tabbed File Explorer seems to use less memory as compared to the individual window experience.

Sun Valley 2 (version 22H2), which is expected to be released in the fall, adds tabs to File Explorer on Windows 11. The addition of browser-style tabs to File Explorer ultimately makes it easier for users to jump between different windows and open multiple tabs at once. Additionally, File Explorer is getting a very congested free navigation bar.

The new File Explorer is now available in the Windows 11 Beta and Dev Channels. As a default, the functionality of the new tab makes it simple to switch between many windows. If you wish to look at more than one folder or directory at a time, you don’t have to keep opening fresh instances of Explorer.

A new tab in the File Explorer consumes less memory than a full-fledged new window. Tests and user feedback have shown us that this is a common occurrence. Adding a new tab to File Explorer, for example, will only consume a few gigabytes of system resources.

In reality, File Explorer’s memory use has only increased by 1MB. It’s especially helpful if you’re prone to opening many windows of File Explorer at the same time. You can conserve resources while still achieving your goals by using multiple browser windows.

It’s possible that Microsoft will make more improvements to File Explorer’s performance while this upgrade is being handed out in stages. When Windows 11 22H2 is released to the general public in the fall, everyone will have immediate access to this functionality.

A small number of Windows 11 22H2 or newer customers are reportedly being tested with this new File Explorer. After a few weeks of testing, File Explorer with tabs and a navigation sidebar will be available to a larger number of users across all platforms.

File Explorer’s redesigned navigation panel eliminates clutter while tab support promises faster performance. The sidebar in File Explorer has been redesigned to make it easier for users to get to the directories that are important to them, as shown in the screenshot above. OneDrive cloud profiles that have already been introduced to Windows can be quickly accessed with this feature.

File Explorer is getting a makeover from Microsoft in order to create a place for new services like OneDrive. Thus, This PC window no longer shows any of the familiar Windows files, and the emphasis is solely on the physical disks.

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