Microsoft gives Notepad app a minimalist makeover • The Register


Microsoft has released an update for its venerable Notepad text editor.

Dave Grochocki, Senior Program Manager for Windows Inbox Applications wrote that Microsoft’s favorite feature is a new dark mode.

“This has been a major request from the community, and we hope you like this gorgeous new theme as much as we do,” beamed Grochocki, explaining that you can activate and manipulate fonts on a new settings page. Notepad will also note, uh, your favorite system theme and switch to dark mode if you already do that elsewhere.

The dark side of notepad. And the light.

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Other new features include “a redesigned find and replace experience” and, for all CTRL-Z junkies, a multi-level undo.

The app has also been updated with the graphics style of Windows 11.

Windows Insiders can access the Notepad update in the Developer Channel. Microsoft cautions that this is a bit rough and “under certain circumstances you may notice unexpected behavior when using the Shift key to select text or while scrolling.”

Stay tuned for future releases that will fix these issues, but maybe don’t expect new features. Microsoft has not hinted at any other upgrade plans. What’s good – Notepad is a text editor and doesn’t need any fuss. That’s what the Word is for. ®


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