Microsoft developers continue to update the look and feel of standard Windows 11 applications, bringing them in line with the overall design of the platform. This time around, the Dev Channel brings Windows Insiders access to the new Notepad app experience, which is all about tabbed browsing.
The ability to create multiple tabs in Notepad allows you to create, edit, and organize files without having to launch the application multiple times. In the settings menu you can choose whether to open files in new tabs or windows. In addition, the developers added support for new keyboard shortcuts for managing tabs and optimized unsaved file management by adding support for automatically generating a file name and tab title based on the contents of a running file. Updated indicator for unsaved changes.
Note that Notepad wasn’t the first default application in Windows 11 to get tab support and an updated user interface. Last year developers added support for File Explorer tabs. Oddly enough, Microsoft had already tested the tabbed interface in some standard Windows 10 applications almost five years ago, but ultimately the decision was made to abandon large-scale distribution.