Microsoft has been offering an important update for the Windows 11 notepad application for a few hours. It is being deployed as part of the Windows Insider program and is only aimed at PCs registered on the DEV channel.
This update allows the native application of the OS to evolve in version 11.2212.33.0. This is an important edit as Microsoft introduces support for tabs. This breakthrough is high on Microsoft’s roadmap as it previously found its way to another very popular Windows 11 app, File Explorer.
Although it may be surprising, Notepad remains a “star” Windows application. It is practical and fast to keep track of a job, an appointment, a meeting or even serve to keep ideas, codes, a quick schedule or just a simple text. It is therefore not surprising that Microsoft brings it a major evolution with this support for tabs.
This novelty was detected for the first time last December. Tabs are now available to all users enrolled in the Windows Insider Program Dev Channel. They allow you to run several instances of the application in the same window.
With this update, we are introducing support for multiple tabs – the most requested feature by the community – where you can create, manage and organize multiple files in a single Notepad window! You can also continue working with files in multiple windows by dragging a tab into its own window, and a new app setting lets you customize whether files open in new tabs or a new window by default.
In parallel, the firm offers the same keyboard shortcuts as those of its browser to manage the tabs. We are on the DEV channel so there are some known issues. It calls for fixes that will be offered through new versions.
We are aware of a few issues that may impact your experience with this preview. Some users may experience issues with certain keyboard shortcuts, and we’ll also continue to optimize performance to ensure Notepad continues to meet our high standards for performance, reliability, and compatibility.