Does Windows 11 tabbed File Explorer irritate you? Know how to disable it

    If you have updated your PC to Windows 11 2H22 version and got irritated by the tabbed UI in File Explorer, check how to disable it.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Oct 25 2022, 14:13 IST
    Windows 11 user? Secure your device with Dynamic Lock now- know how
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    1/5 Your laptop or desktop can hold lots of important details that should not be accessed by any stranger. If any of your crucial details lands in the wrong hands, you can get into trouble and can even have financial loss. In order to avoid such situations you are advised to always lock your laptop or desktop before leaving it idle. If you are a Windows 11 user, you can secure your device with the help of Dynamic Lock. Wondering what is Dynamic Lock? (HT Tech)
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    2/5 What is Dynamic Lock? It is a Windows 11 feature that automatically locks your computer when a connected Bluetooth device (your phone or wearable device) is out of range. When you walk away from your PC, and your dynamic lock device is out of range, your PC will automatically lock after 30 seconds. It can be noted that this feature only locks the computer if the Bluetooth signal falls and the system is idle. (HT_PRINT)
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    3/5 Drawback of Dynamic Lock: According to the information provided by Microsoft, if the system is not idle (for example, an intruder gets access before the Bluetooth signal falls below the limit), the device won't lock. Therefore, the dynamic lock feature does not replace the need for the user to lock the computer. It only reduces the probability of someone gaining access if the user forgets to lock it. (HT Tech)
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    4/5 How to use Dynamic Lock to ensure your device and information is always secure: You will have to use Bluetooth to pair your phone with your PC. Then on your Windows 11 PC, select Start > Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options. Now, select Dynamic Lock, then select the Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you're away. (Microsoft )
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    5/5 And it's done, take your phone with you when you move away from your PC, and it will automatically lock 30 seconds after you're out of Bluetooth range. (Note that Bluetooth range varies by device). (Microsoft)
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    Here is how to disable tabs in File explorer in Windows 11. (Amritanshu Mukherjee / HT Tech)

    Microsoft has brought several promising new features to Windows 11 including new Task Manager UI, App Folders in Start Menu, Overflow Menu in Taskbar and so on. The tech giant has now enabled tabs in File Explorer with the Windows 11 22H2 update, however, many of you might not like it. The tabbed UI in File Explorer is raw, buggy, and lacks many features. So if you do not want to face tabbed Explorer's issues, you can disable it and restore the previous UI. Read ahead and learn how to disable tabs in File Explorer on Windows 11.

    Disable tabs in Windows 11 File Explorer

    10 Minutes
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    Step 1:

    To disable the tabbed UI in Windows 11 2H22 File explorer; start with downloading ViveTool from GitHub and unpack the files.

    Step 2:

    Now, click on the Win + X tabs and select Terminal (Admin).

    Step 3:

    Next, switch Windows Terminal to Command Prompt profile by clicking Ctrl + Shift + 2 or you can click the arrow-down button at the top of the window.

    Step 4:

    Head to the folder comprising the extracted files using the CD command. For example, if you have extracted ViveTool to C:\Vive, then type CD C:\Vive.

    Step 5:

    Now, Type vivetool /disable /id:37634385 and Enter.

    Step 6:

    Again, type vivetool /disable /id:36354489 and Enter. 

    Step 7:

    Once done, restart your computer and the Tabbed UI will be disabled. 

    If you want to access the tabbed File Explorer, you can follow the above mentioned steps and replace disable with enable in the commands on steps 5 and 6. The new Windows 11 version has also introduced enhanced phishing protection. This new feature warns users when they type their Windows password on any suspicious website or app. As the cybercrimes frequently target users and carry out malicious activities, Windows login credentials have become vulnerable for data theft or ransomware attacks.

    Hackers often use malicious links and apps to steal users' data, hence, this new feature has been rolled out to protect users from such attacks. The new feature 'Enhanced Phishing Protection' warns users when they enter their Windows password on a website or enter into a malicious application.

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    First Published Date: 25 Oct, 14:01 IST
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