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Windows 11 Insider Build 22593 Brings File Explorer Changes

Posted April 6, 2022 | Windows | Windows 11 | Windows Insider

Microsoft has just released the Windows Insider build 22593 for testers on the Dev and Beta channels. This is the second Windows 11 preview build to be released on both channels following the build 22581 two weeks ago.

Microsoft has made some changes to File Explorer in today’s build, though the File Explorer tabs that the company announced yesterday are still not there. Instead, Insiders will find some name changes to align with Office and OneDrive.

The default homepage of File Explorer is now called “Home,” the “pinned/frequent folders section at the top is now called “Quick Access,” and the section below with pinned files is now called “Favorites.” Moreover, the Search Box in File Explorer can now be used to search recent and pinned files, even if they are not local files.

Microsoft Journal, a brand new Microsoft Store app that launched as a Microsoft Garage Project is also pinned by default on the Pen menu in the Taskbar. If Microsoft Journal isn’t already preinstalled, clicking on the shortcut in the Pen Menu will open it on the Microsoft Store.

Today’s build also improves the Snap Layouts experience. When pressing WIN + Z, Insiders will see that all the layouts now show associated numbers, making it easy to use the number keys to select the preferred layout. Moreover, if you’re using the Focus feature to reduce distractions, this build adds new 5-minute increments for everything under a half hour to focus session length options.

The Windows Insider team also explained that Memory Integrity, a new Windows 11 feature that prevents attacks from inserting malicious code into high-security processes now needs to be turned on manually. “In the most recent Insider Preview builds, we will notify the user that this feature is currently turned off so that action can be taken for the user to turn it back on so that their device is as secure as possible against malicious attacks,” the team said today.

The build 22593 also brings a long list of fixes for the Windows 11 Taskbar, Task Menu, Windows Search, File Explorer, the Widgets Menu, and more. If we still don’t know when the Windows Insider team will start shipping builds with a higher number to the Dev Channel, Insiders on the Dev and Beta channels still have time to switch channels by checking their Windows Insider Settings on their PC.

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