Microsoft has rolled out a redesigned version of the Notepad app to Windows 11 Insiders in the dev channel bringing the new Windows 11 UI to one of the greatest Windows apps of all time.
UPDATE: Microsoft has expanded the rollout of the new design to Insiders in the beta and preview channels. The update can be found in the Microsoft store now.
Microsoft has also released features based on user feedback to make the experience much better. This updated Notepad is currently only available to Windows Insiders in the dev channel but is expected to spread to the rest of the Windows Insider channels before heading to the release channel.
The new version of Notepad follows the same design language of Windows 11 with the semi-transparent top bar, rounded window corners and a clean writing space. An improved find and replace experience has been introduced with support for multi-level undo.
As this update is still in preview, there are a number of bugs and issues that will be addressed in future updates. With the following issues currently known:
This includes issues affecting keyboard access keys usage for when switching between different input languages or while using Japanese IME, and under certain circumstances, you may notice unexpected behavior when using shift-click to select text or when scrolling. We are also continuing to improve performance for when opening very large files.
The most exciting new feature is dark mode support! A top request from the community it has finally made its way into the app. Just like other Window’s apps Notepad will use the system theme by default with the ability to change this via the new settings page, which also houses new font options.
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