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Let there be dark! Microsoft announces new redesigned Notepad for Windows 11

The Notepad logo
The Notepad logo

Back in October, we learned that Microsoft was busy working on a redesigned, revamped Notepad for Windows 11. Today, the company has publicly announced its arrival, though for now, it is rolling out to Windows 11 insiders on the Dev Channel only.

Since the app has primarily been redesigned, the most expected and obvious change is the rounded corner style we have now become familiar with as a Windows 11 staple. There is also the addition of the Mica material theme.

The company says:

We know how important Notepad is to so many of your daily workflows, so we designed this modern spin on the classic app to feel fresh, but familiar.

Dark mode (image below on the right) has also been added and it will automatically be selected based on the system theme being used. However, it can also be set manually from the app's Settings.

Windows 11 notepad
Windows 11 Notepad dark mode

A revamped Find and Replace option has also been added for improving the ease of working inside the Notepad.

Windows 11 notepad

Since it is still in the Dev channel, the company says that the new Notepad for Windows 11 has a few known issues that it is working on. The known issues are presented below in bulleted points:

  • Issues affecting keyboard access keys usage for when
    • switching between different input languages
    • while using Japanese IME
  • Under certain circumstances, you may notice unexpected behavior when using shift-click to select text or when scrolling

Aside from that, Microsoft also states that it is optimizing the performance of the Notepad for "very large files". The company has urged users to provide feedback on Feedback Hub (under Apps > Notepad).

You can find the official press release here.

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