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How to Turn on Gallery in Windows File Explorer

They How to Turn on Gallery in Windows File Explorer now has tabs. Instead of opening a new File Explorer window, you can open a new location on the disk in a new tab. This feature makes it easy to switch between different places where files are stored. Microsoft doesn’t plan to stop here, though. It wants to change the File Explorer in every way.

One of these new features that Microsoft is testing in the Canary channel is File Explorer Gallery. If you have a Gallery section, you won’t have to look through different folders to find an image or see what it looks like. Want the feature to work on your system? Let’s begin.

  1. Open GitHub website.
  2. Download the file to enable the Gallery entry.
  3. Double-click the zip folder to open it with File Explorer.
  4. Click the Extract all button.
  5. Click the Extract button.
  6. Copy the path to the folder.
  7. Open Start.
  8. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  9. Type the following command to navigate to the ViveTool folder and press Enter:
    • cd c:\folder\path\ViveTool-v0.x.x (remember to change the path to the folder with your path)
  10. Type the following command to enable the updated Gallery page and press Enter:
    • vivetool /enable /id:41040327
  11. Type the following command to enable the updated File Explorer (XAMLFEHome) page and press Enter:
    • vivetool /enable /id:41076133
  12. Type the following command to enable the WASDK File Explorer, XAMLFolderViewSupport, and MTestUx15, and press Enter:
    • vivetool /enable /id:40729001,42105254,42295138
  13. Type the following command to enable the “Considerations” section for Azure Active Directory (AAD) devices and press Enter:
    • vivetool /enable /id:38664959,40064642,41070380
  14. (Optional) Type the following command to enable the new Details pane for File Explorer and press Enter:
    • vivetool /enable /id:38613007,42105254
  15. Restart the computer.

The big thing about this build is the Gallery view in File Explorer, which makes it easier to see all your photos in File Explorer. This view shows you the same content you’d see if you opened the Photos app. It does this by pulling content from multiple folders on your PC, and you can add or remove sources to see only the files you want.

Having this view built into File Explorer makes it easier to look through these files when you want to send them to someone. This is especially true because you can also use the Windows 11 file picker to upload or open a file in a certain app from this view.

As usual, this new feature is only available to a subset of Insiders. This means that it doesn’t really matter if you chose the Dev channel to get new features early because Microsoft only gives them to users when it wants to.


How do I view photos in File Explorer?

Open File Explorer by clicking its taskbar icon or by pressing Win + E. Next, click This PC on the left-hand side pane. Type kind:picture in File Explorer’s search bar and press Enter. This should display all your pictures, but you might have to wait for a few minutes for the results to load.

Why can’t I see pictures in Windows Explorer?

Step 1: In Windows 10 File Explorer, open the target folder. Step 2: Click on View and click one option: Extra large icons, Large icons, Medium icons, Titles or Content. All these views support thumbnail previews, so you can choose one view to turn on thumbnail view.

How do I enable Photo Viewer in Windows 10?

Windows Photo Viewer isn’t part of Windows 10, but if you upgraded from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you might still have it. To check, press and hold (or right-click) a photo in File Explorer, and select Open with. If Windows Photo Viewer isn’t in the list, you cannot install it on Windows 10.

Michael Smith
Michael Smith
Michael Smith, a tech-savvy content editor at Bollyinside. With a knack for simplifying complex tech concepts, Michael specializes in crafting user-friendly "How-to" articles and valuable tips. His focus spans Windows, Mac, hardware, and support. Beyond work, he's an avid explorer of diverse tech fields, constantly staying ahead of the curve.
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