Microsoft rolls out revamped Notepad app for Windows 11 Insiders

Enlarge / The new Notepad app in Windows 11.

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Microsoft continues to update and refine Windows 11 two months after its public release, and the Notepad app is the latest part of the operating system to gain attention. The updated version of the Notepad app is rolled out to Windows Insiders in the Dev channel, where the company is also testing changes to the taskbar and start menu, a new button to set the default web browser, an app Media Player update, and other changes.

The main changes appear much like the Notepad screenshots leaked in early October: the new unified title bar and menu bar are in the “mica” style of Windows 11, as well as support for Windows 11. dark mode, support for switching between dark and light mode, and modernized police controls.

Microsoft has added a few unsightly features to Notepad, but so far the company has focused on improving the program for the types of simple text and code editing that Notepad is good at. . Microsoft is not trying to make Notepad a more advanced or richer text editor. For starters, the program takes a multi-level undo function, whereas the current Notepad app can only undo and redo the very last thing you did. There’s also a new Find and Replace dialog box that takes up less space.

Microsoft says it’s working to improve performance when opening large files and lag issues when clicking to select text, among a few other minor issues. These will likely be resolved before the new Notepad application is rolled out to the more stable Windows distribution channels.

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