Now that Microsoft has officially launched Windows 11, some early adopters find the operating system’s new File Explorer a bit lacking. It’s still missing highly-requested features, such as a column view, and some of its assets are reused from previous versions of Windows. The solution? A free, third-party add-on called Files v2.
Files v2 is the latest version of a popular Windows add-on, and it works on both Windows 11 and Windows 10. Along with new icons and customizable themes, the Files v2 software unlocks a ton of handy features for your File Explorer. There’s a cool columns view (my favorite feature), quick grouping and tagging tools, and even a Compact Overlay setting that keeps File windows from disappearing behind active applications. Oh, and FTP support!
— Files (@FilesForWindows) October 4, 2021
All of Files v2’s new features are listed in a blog post by developer Yair Aichenbaum. Of course, the features listed here are just the tip of the iceberg—like previous versions of Files, the Files v2 add-on supports tabs, lets you preview files, and even integrates with cloud services like Google One.
The Files v2 add-on enhances the Windows File Explorer with customizable themes, new icons, and tons of tweakable controls. Download it for free from the Microsoft Store.