While the registry underpins the Windows experience, for most Windows 11 the File Explorer serves as the hub of the OS. Here is where you will find all your documents, spreadsheets, program files, media, and other content. Microsoft is now using Power Toys to boost the preview feature in File Explorer and make the app more usable.

The preview feature in File Explorer is available in both Windows 10 and Windows 11. It opens in it own pane when the user chooses it from the View tab. As the name suggests, preview allows you to see the contents of files without needing to open them.

Microsoft is using PowerToys to bring more capabilities to the preview pane. At the moment, the tool offers only limited support for text file formats, so many file types cannot been seen in preview.

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The company is now working in collaboration with Aaron Junker, the creator of Monaco editor, to integrate the open source tool into File Explorer preview pane. Monaco is a code editor that works in Microsoft’s PowerToys and Visual Studio Code. It will help expand the supported file types in the preview.

Microsoft will also include a new option on the right-click menu for “Use text preview for files of this type” so Windows will remember.

New File Explorer

With the release of Windows 11, Microsoft made some changes and a new design for File Explorer.

Microsoft is not reinventing the wheel with the File Explorer. You won’t see a new UI, but instead a design upgrade with smoother icons and cleaner aesthetics. It makes sense to leave the general functionality of the File Explorer the same considering it is essentially the hub of Windows that people are familiar with.

Tip of the day: Whether you’re planning an upgrade, tuning CPU timings, or just curious, it’s handy to know information about your RAM. In our tutorial, we show you how to check RAM speed, type, and size using several built-in Windows tools.

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