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You can now try Windows 11’s new File Explorer in preview builds

Those who have signed up for Windows Insider and selected the Dev Channel in Windows Insider Settings will be able to try out the updated File Explorer immediately. The updated version is meant to make using the software easier and more natural.

The updated File Explorer has a new “Home” that uses the Fluent Design System for a unified, user-friendly, and engaging interface. In Windows 11, if you sign in using an Azure Active Directory (AAD) account, you’ll see a carousel of suggested documents.

Cloud-based files that the user either owns or has access to through collaboration are used as recommendations. Quick Access folders, Favorites, and Recent in File Explorer are updated with the help of WinUI, a native user experience framework for Windows applications.

File Explorer header and OneDrive

A new address bar and improved search functionality have also been added to File Explorer as part of the update. The new address bar is capable of intelligently differentiating between local and cloud folders, and for OneDrive users, it even highlights the sync status and quota flyout.

New File Explorer hands
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Members of the Dev Channel are among the first to receive this update. Microsoft will collect user feedback and analyze their reactions before releasing the product.

Along with the revamp of File Explorer, With Dynamic Lighting, Microsoft is also introducing, allowing for in-built management of light sources via the public HID LampArray standard. The goal is to make it easier for users to switch between different RGB devices and software by increasing compatibility.

Users can now adjust the brightness of their screens thanks to the addition of the Dynamic Lighting settings page. Multiple keyboards and mice from Acer, ASUS, HP, HyperX, Logitech, Razer, and Twinkly are Dynamically Lit thanks to Microsoft’s partnerships with these companies.

To manage and customize your HID LampArray device on an individual device or system-wide scale, simply head to Settings > Personalization > Dynamic Lighting.

Microsoft wants to hear what you think of these changes, so please use the Feedback Hub to share your thoughts.

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