The revamped Windows 11 Notepad hits the beta channel

Microsoft has released the new Windows 11 Notepad on the beta channel of the Insider program. With that, the revamped notepad reaches a greater number of users and we assume the channel is stable once known bugs have been corrected.

Microsoft promised with Windows 11 to give a tour of the entire operating system including the applications that are delivered installed and that are part of the general user experience. Thus, we have seen the new Paint drawing / photo editor as an example and we also expect improvements in other types of software, such as system tools, see one of the great ones expected: the file explorer.

How is the Notepad of Windows 11

Notepad continues to be one of the most useful and used Windows applications that comes with the operating system by default. It has not been renewed for years except for small updates in Windows Vista and the truth is that it looks very old compared to third-party solutions such as Sublime Text, Atom or Notepad ++.

The update for Windows 11 is quite a breath of fresh air because the visual section has been one of the improved sections. We see better integration with the system, revised user interface with rounded corner windows, updated menus, and a new settings page. Microsoft has used Mica, a dynamic and opaque user interface in the background of the application that changes according to the colors of the desktop background.

Another visual aspect introduced is the dark mode. You can choose to enable it through the settings page, but if you’re already using it on Windows 11 the app will inherit the option and use it by default. Font options have also increased and users can choose from various font options on the settings page.

In addition to the visuals, Microsoft has improved the function of search, locate and replace, and added support for the multi-level undo function, one of the characteristics requested by the community. While the core functionality remains unchanged (we didn’t ask much more of a basic text editor like this either), it seems like Microsoft has done a good job of bringing it up to speed.

This Windows 11 Notepad is now available for Insiders (Dev and Beta channels) and we hope it can soon reach the stable channel for all users. There are some known bugs, but they are minor and Microsoft asks testers for feedback on the version.

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