Microsoft is working on major File explorer design revamp for Windows 11 version 23H2. The redesign File explorer will be based on WinAppSDK and will include a XAML-based Gallery feature. The File explorer redesign showing inclusion of a new “Gallery” was leaked earlier. Now, a video demos the new Windows 11 File explorer Gallery feature in action along with WinAppSDK bits.
A Microsoft enthusiast account has dug the hidden code in the recently released Windows 11 Dev channel Build 25300. Enabling the feature via registry edit enables Gallery option in the File explorer. The good news is that the Gallery is XAML based and comes with a timeline scrollbar and a configurable photo sources option. As demoed in the video below, the File explorer Galley option is little buggy in implementation, as expected. The video also shows the new Gallery option in both light and dark modes.
The video also reveals that the File explorer already includes WinAppSDK bits. While, aesthetically it looks similar to the existing File explorer, there are bits like a “Pizza” icon in the command bar confirming File explorer on WinAppSDK being tested.