Windows 10 has new File Explorer icons

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The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build offers the newest batch of redesigned folders for the platform. The software giant published new icons for its Office suite, reflecting its move to the cloud in 2019. Microsoft has started rolling out a test build of Windows 10 that includes modifications to the system icons you’ll find in File Explorer, including the Recycle Bin, Documents folders, and devices like disk drives.

According to Microsoft’s Windows Insider chief, Amanda Langowski, some changes, including the orientation of the folder icons and the default file type icons, have been made for greater consistency across Microsoft products that show files.

Significantly, the new designs aim to make them easier to tell apart at a glance. No more multiple yellow-colored folders to choose from. The company has also redesigned the Recycle Bin and Local Disk icons. Now, they’re facing the front (instead of the side). The company says it will resume rolling out new Windows 10 icons over time for a more cohesive look.

Microsoft revealed new system icons for Windows 10 earlier in March

These icon changes are pretty minor in the grand scheme of Windows. Still, they’re part of a broader effort inside Microsoft to modernize Windows. The firm revealed new system icons for Windows 10 earlier in March. It previously updated some of its Windows 10 icons in 2020 with colorful versions and also tweaked the Start menu to make it more streamlined.

The tech giant is also planning a “sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows,” codenamed “Sun Valley.” Microsoft is anticipated to detail its visual plans and more about the future of Windows in the following months as part of a dedicated news event.

The icon updates will arrive alongside some modifications to the layout of File Explorer. The company is adding padding between elements in File Explorer. There will also be a compact mode to return to the classic File Explorer mode. The renewed view is a little more touch-optimized and complements the new icons.

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