Classic layout

How to enable File Explorer Compact view on Windows 11

File Explorer now includes a new default layout experience, and you can switch to the classic layout with these steps.

Windows 11 File Explorer Compact view

On Windows 11, File Explorer is getting a new default layout to view content that adds extra patting between the visual elements to make the experience easier to use, especially on touch-enabled devices.

However, if you like the more traditional experience, Windows 11 is also adding an option to roll back to classic compact view.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to switch back to the classic layout of File Explorer on Windows 11.

Enable File Explorer Compact view on Windows 11

To use the classic compact view on File Explorer:

  1. Open File Explorer on Windows 11.

  2. Click the View menu from the command bar.

  3. Check the “Compact view” option to enable File Explorer compact view on Windows 11.

    File Explorer Compact view

Once you complete the steps, File Explorer will switch to the classic layout. In the same way, you want to use the comfortable view with additional padding, then follow the same instructions, and clear the “Compact view” option.