Microsoft accidentally shows off new Notepad for Windows 11

One of the most popular apps on Windows is set for a major
design upgrade later this year, according to screenshots posted
by an alleged Microsoft employee. Notepad, which has become a
separate Store-updateable and optional app on Windows 11, is
getting updated with a new command bar and Fluent Design
improvements.

Several apps are getting a modern design for Windows 11 and
many more are expected to receive improvements in the coming
weeks. We’ve already posted
screenshots of the new Media Player for Windows 11, and it
looks like Notepad is also getting much-needed improvements,
according to screenshots posted by Microsoft engineer.

The new Notepad app was accidentally leaked on Twitter by a
Microsoft engineer and all screenshots were removed immediately
after users flagged them. As you can see in the below
screenshot, Notepad is getting Windows 11-inspired design with
support for rounded corners. The rounded corners will apply to
menus, pop-ups, and other areas of the app.

Notepad for Windows 11

Notepad adopts Microsoft’s new Fluent design language and it
also comes with new icons and typography. It seems to be
getting new animations and support for a dedicated settings
page.

The new Fluent redesign is visible across the Notepad window
and Microsoft is also working on Mica material for the app.
Mica is a new design material that aligns the desktop wallpaper
and background of apps with Windows 11 personalization settings
like the accent colour.

This Mica effect can help distinguish between multiple
instances of the app and it will not result in performance
issues, according to Microsoft officials.

Notepad is now much cleaner and it retains the familiar
features, such as File, Edit, and more. Based on this leak, it
doesn’t look like there are any new features, but Microsoft
seems to be working on a new settings page for Notepad.

Notepad dark mode

The settings page has confirmed support for themes, so dark
mode and other themes are coming soon. In fact, users will be
able to switch between dark and light mode directly from the
Notepad settings.

You’ll be able to configure font settings (family, style, and
size) directly from this new settings page. You can also switch
between classic and modern file editing experience, especially
when you experience issues opening certain files.

Notepad will receive new features and upgrades automatically
via the Microsoft Store, which means you don’t have to wait for
new additions to be bundled with Windows 11 feature updates.

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