Microsoft is testing a redesign of its venerable Notepad app, including some welcomed fashionable options like a dark mode, a greater search / discover and substitute interface, higher undoing, and extra.
Whereas the visible updates just like the addition of dark mode, up to date right-click menu, and Windows’ new theme-adopting material are good, the practical updates will most likely be the most important improve to anybody who really writes in Notepad. Within the present model of the app that ships with Windows 11, the textual content search device and the discover and substitute device are two totally different pop-up home windows, accessed by two totally different keyboard shortcuts. The redesign combines them into one floating bar as an alternative of one thing that appears prefer it’s from the XP period.
Microsoft additionally says it’s including multi-step undo, which replaces the previous model’s undo system that solely enables you to return one step. It nonetheless doesn’t work such as you may anticipate a contemporary app to, letting you hit Ctrl-Z to delete one phrase at a time, but it surely clearly has extra reminiscence than the previous model of Notepad.
One other unlucky factor concerning the preview is that Phrase Wrap continues to be off by default. It’s bought a brand new dwelling within the View menu, although — and with the Font button going to the Edit dropdown, the previous Notepad’s “Format” menu is not any extra.
It looks as if Microsoft is targeted on smaller updates to make Notepad really feel much less like a relic, slightly than stuffing it full of latest options and turning it into a completely totally different app. That looks as if the fitting transfer to me, given the existence of Notepads’ maybe lesser-known sibling WordPad, which is nearer to Microsoft Phrase than a plaintext editor. (WordPad additionally enables you to view and edit .docx information, in contrast to even the brand new model of NotePad.)
The Notepad redesign ought to be obtainable for Windows 11 Insiders utilizing the Dev channel. In the event you’re working the take a look at model of the OS and don’t see it, chances are you’ll need to examine for an replace within the Microsoft Retailer. Everybody else will possible have to attend slightly bit to get it, but it surely’s good to see Microsoft proceed the development of updating a few of its built-in apps like Notepad, Photos, and Paint alongside its larger merchandise like Office and, after all, Windows.