When using our Internet browser such as Chrome, Edge, or Firefox, you can use tabs to switch between websites instead of navigating between windows. Have you ever wished you could do this with Windows File Explorer?

We are almost spoiled with the tabs on our internet browsers and the way they make navigation easier. Luckily, you can replicate that same experience on your File Explorer as well.

What is QTTabBar?

QTTabBar is a third-party tool that you can install on your Windows system to add tabs to your File Explorer.

Since this is just an extension, it does not replace or change in any way the way your File Explorer works. QTTabBar adds more functionality to your file manager, allowing you to switch between tabs, just like you do on your browser.

And the best part? It’s completely free.

How to Add Tabs to Windows File Explorer Using QTTabBar

Setting up QTTabBar is fairly simple if you want to try it yourself. However, this involves installing a third-party tool on your PC. Once you install it, the tool will automatically add the tab to your File Explorer.

Here’s how you can add tabs to your Windows File Explorer using QTTabBar.

Step 1: Download QTTabBar

Start by downloading QTTabBar and installing it on your system. On the download page, scroll down to find the latest version of the tool.

You’ll see the release date in parentheses next to the relevant download link. As of this writing, the latest version is September 2019, so we’ll use that for illustration.

Once you click on the link, it will automatically download a zip file in your system.

Next, right-click on the zip file and select Extract all to extract the contents of the zip file.

Go to the folder where you just extracted the zip file and double-click on the setup file named QTTabBar. If you receive the Microsoft Defender SmartScreen prompt, click More info and choose Run anyway.

Step 2: Install QTTabBar

After launching the setup file, you will see the QTTabBar installation wizard on your screen. Click Next.

On the next screen, click Next again to start the installation. Wait for the installation process to complete. Once your installation is complete, click Close to exit the installation wizard.

Step 3: Open a New Tab Using QTTabBar

Once you have QTTabBar installed, it automatically adds tab functionality to Windows File Explorer. The interface is the same as what you see on your browser, so there’s no learning curve involved.

Once you open Windows File Explorer, you will see a tabbed section with a plus (+) at the top that lets you open new tabs.

Clicking on the plus sign opens a navigation window. Select the folder you want to open in a new tab and click OK.

You’ll now see the tabs added to your File Explorer and you can switch between them at any time, just like you would on your browser.

How to Customize Your File Explorer Using QTTabBar

Now that you know how to add tabs to your File Explorer using QTTabBar, let’s talk about how you can change the way they look. QTTabBar provides you with many customization options that you can use to personalize the look and feel of your File Explorer.

Let’s say, for example, you want a different look for the active tab so it’s easier for you to figure out which tab you’re currently using. In that case, hover over the plus sign and right-click. Select the QTTabBar option from the options listed in the dropdown.

Doing so will open the QTTabBar Options dialog box. On the far left of the dialog box, you’ll see a list of sections. Select Appearance to customize the look of the tabs on your File Explorer.

Under the Tab size section, you can change the width and height of your tabs. Under the Tab Title Text section, you have the option to change the font style and color. You can also change the alignment of text and the offset of tab icons.

The best part is that you have separate options for active and inactive tabs. Essentially, it allows you to choose between different styles and colors for your active and inactive tabs. This can help you quickly separate the tab you’re currently using from other tabs.

There are many other customization options besides appearance. For example, you can set up new keyboard shortcuts or install plug-ins from QTTabBar’s interface.

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