Microsoft hints at steady updates, new features for Windows 11 Notepad

Notepad for Windows 11

Microsoft
recently refreshed Notepad and made it available for
Windows 11 users who are willing to update the app from the
Store. Similar to the rest of the design refreshes on Windows
11, Notepad also received Fluent Design makeover, WinUI,
support for dark mode, a new way to select font from the
settings, and support for the dedicated settings page.

The new Notepad has been available for testing since December
and Microsoft has decided to roll it out to users who have
already upgraded to Windows 11. It’s the most significant
update in years, as it includes several standard RichEdit
editing enhancements to enable support for a writing
performance similar to Microsoft Word.

While migrating to the new version, Microsoft made sure that
RichEdit supports features offered in the classic app. For
example, the “Show Unicode control characters” feature did not
work in RichText initially and it was later updated with
support for new Unicode, including emoji, etc.

Notepad context menu

Microsoft officials confirmed the RichEdit feature is the same
as the one that’s loaded in Microsoft applications like Word,
PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. To ensure RichText works as
expected, Microsoft fixed various issues that didn’t show up
for RichEdit plain-text controls.

Thanks to the RichEdit feature and Notepad’s availability in
the Microsoft Store, you can expect faster updates and new
features.

“Although it was challenging to ship the new Notepad with the
Office RichEdit, we finally made it! After more than 30 years,
the text engine of Notepad has eventually undocked from the OS,
making it possible for the Notepad to improve fast and steadily
in the future. It’s also my honor to work with you on this
fascinating project,” one of the Microsoft employees noted.

In the coming months, Microsoft will be adding new features to
Notepad from its own products.

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