Instructions: Enable Tabbed Interface in File Explorer in Windows 11 Build 25136+ (Dev)

Overnight, the Windows Insider team released a new Windows 11 preview build 25136 to the Dev Channel, bringing with it the much-anticipated tabbed interface in File Explorer. True, not all insiders can now evaluate the innovation, since Microsoft is conducting A / B testing, and the function is available only to a small focus group.

However, don’t be discouraged if you don’t see tabbed browsing in File Explorer after updating to build 25136 (or later). The fact is that such functions can be activated manually using the ViVeTool utility. To do this, use the instructions below.


  1. Download the ViVeTool utility by this link.
  2. Unpack the downloaded archive to any place on your computer (for example, you can create a ViVeTool folder in the root of drive C and place the files there).
  3. Open a command prompt as an administrator (for example, by typing CMD in the search and selecting the appropriate item).
  4. In the command line, navigate to the folder with ViVeTool using the command cd /d , then press Enter. For example: cd /d "C:ViVeTool"
  5. Enter command vivetool addconfig 37634385 2 and press Enter.
    • For PowerShell, the command would be: .vivetool.exe addconfig 37634385 2

  6. Make sure that the command line shows the message “Successfully set feature configuration”.
  7. Restart your computer.

If you want to disable the feature, then use this command: vivetool delconfig 37634385 2.

Updated navigation bar in File Explorer

In addition, in the new build, Microsoft has updated the navigation bar on the left side of the window to make it easier for users to navigate between their favorite folders and OneDrive profiles. This change can also be enabled manually following the instructions above by substituting the following command in step 5: vivetool addconfig 36354489 2.

To disable the function, respectively, you must execute vivetool delconfig 36354489 2

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