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Microsoft's new Notepad app makes its way to Windows 11's Beta Channel

Notepad Windows 11 Dark
Notepad Windows 11 Dark (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • The new Notepad app is now available in the Beta Channel.
  • It introduces a new UI, dark mode, and more!

Starting today, Insiders in the Beta Channel on Windows 11 can begin testing Microsoft's new Notepad app that was first unveiled last year, featuring a redesigned interface that better aligns it with the rest of Windows 11's modern design language.

Notepad is a core part of the Windows experience, and has been bundled with every version since Windows 1.0 back in 1985. It's only seen a handful of facelifts over the years, which is why this new version is such a big deal. It's the biggest UI update that Notepad has seen in over a decade, and it's quite good.

It features subtle Mica translucent effects, which allow your desktop wallpaper to slightly blur through the background. It also has modern looking context menus, fluid animations, and the biggest improvement of all, a dark mode!

It also has a redesigned formatting menu, which puts all the text controls in a handy editing bar that's easier to navigate with a mouse. The version of Notepad rolling out to Insiders is 11.2111.0.0, and is available to both Dev and Beta Channel users. You can grab it now by checking for updates in the Microsoft Store!

Zac Bowden
Zac Bowden

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

5 Comments
  • Just get notepadx from the Windows store. Better.
  • The key advantage of Notepad, and why I use it over OneNote and Sticky Notes) in spite of their cloud sync features, is speed and simplicity. Supremely useful for a lot of fast, no-formatting-needed first drafts, pasting of large (or small) blocks of text for re-use. I fear this new Notepad will introduce some lag since it has to load up the Mica theme and dark mode, etc. Low-spec'd machines without the required power they will experience the slowdown more often.
  • Notepad++ FTW! Nothing beats it.
  • Imagine, notepad with auto save+ multi tab feature ? That's the only reason I use N++ for OTG.
  • Well, I was expecting this UI for acrylic theme. https://twitter.com/adsingh_1/status/1460616077658836998?t=tRRQn-rgbRvX3...