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Hands on with Windows 11’s redesigned Notepad app with dark mode

Windows 11 began rolling out in the last week of June but as we pointed out in our previous articles, Windows 11 is a work-in-progress. Microsoft is still trying to redesign some other aspects of the operating system, such as Windows Media Player, Paint, and now Notepad.

Microsoft is working on a redesigned Notepad for Windows 11 and the first preview of the app is now rolling out via the Microsoft Store in the Dev Channel. Windows 11’s Notepad features updated drop-down menus which include three options – File, Edit, and View. On the other hand, Windows 10’s version includes two additional options – Format and Help.

The File and Edit drop-down menus contain all the options available in the existing Notepad. You can open a new window, modify the page’s setup, and more. Likewise, Edit drop down menu includes various options like undo, cut, copy, paste and more. Rounded corners, which are a design feature in Windows 11, are visible too.

Interestingly, Microsoft has moved the format and help options into a new settings page.

This new Notepad app comes with a few new settings as well. For example, you can visit the settings page to change the file editing experience by selecting a different font size and font style from the dropdown menu.

Microsoft has also added a dark or light mode toggle to Notepad.

Microsoft has  made improvements to text rendering to better support dark and next generation fonts. At the moment, it is not possible to return back to the classic Notepad experience.

That said, it is important to understand Notepad for Windows 11 is still under development and there are bugs. Microsoft could be internally working on new features for Notepad, but it’s not yet if and when new features will begin shipping to consumers.

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