Windows 11 preview shows a file explorer ready to recommend what you open next

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Microsoft is currently rolling out new File Explorer features through Insider Preview Build 23403 Windows 11 with a big focus on streamlining work.

One of the more interesting features of this package is File recommendations (opens in new tab). As the name suggests, the file explorer starts with suggestions which files you should open in the home tab. It seems that Microsoft made this tool for business users, at least initially. The tool will only recommend cloud files associated with a particular account, “owned by the user or shared with the user”. You must also be signed in to your Azure Active Directory account for it to work. In addition, the company limits the number of people who are currently allowed to try File Recommendations. Microsoft says it wants to monitor feedback closely “before it is passed on to everyone.”

Less restrictive are the new file explorer access keys. They are simple one-key shortcuts for ‘fast [executing] a command.” For example, pressing the “O” key will open a file, while pressing the “B” key will set it as your desktop wallpaper. To use this feature, you must first press a file in File Explorer, then press the menu key on your keyboard to bring up the access keys.If you don’t have a menu key, pressing Shift and F10 at the same time does the same thing.

File recommendations in File Explorer (Image credit: Microsoft)

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