With a new icon, Microsoft is giving Windows 10’s file explorer a new look. The changes to the system icons, including devices like the recycle bin, document folders, and disk drives, can already be found in the beta version 21343 of Windows 10. Simply open the file explorer and look for the changes to the system icons, including devices like the recycle bin, document folders, and disk drives.
The file explorer’s layout has been fine-tuned in conjunction with the icon update. Microsoft will support a compact mode to return to the classic file explorer mode, as well as filling in extra space between the components of the file explorer. The new interface emphasizes touch optimization and complements the new icons.
“Several changes have been made, such as the orientation of the folder icon and the default file type icon, to achieve greater consistency in Microsoft products that display files,” said Amanda Langowski, director of Microsoft’s Windows Insider program. “It’s worth noting that the top-level user folders, such as desktop, emails, downloads, and photos, have been given a new look that should make them easier to spot at a glance.”
“Yes, the recycle bin icon has also been modified!” Microsoft added.
In the past, the company attempted to redraw the recycle bin icon, but Windows users rejected the changes.
Of course, these icon changes are minor in the grand scheme of Windows development, but they are part of a larger Microsoft effort to modernize Windows’ vision. Last year, the company tweaked the start menu to make it more streamlined and upgraded some color versions of Windows 10 icons.
Furthermore, Microsoft is planning a “comprehensive visual revival” of Windows, code-named “Sun Valley.” Microsoft is expected to unveil its visual plan in detail and reveal more information about the future of Windows in the coming months as part of a special news topic.