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Microsoft Appears To Be Adding Tabs To The Windows 11 Notepad Application

A leaked screenshot reveals that Notepad’s internal version includes Tabs.

What you should know

  • A screenshot of a beta version of Windows Notepad has been spotted online.
  • The screenshot displays a tabbed version of the application.
  • Notepad will be the second Windows 11 application to receive tabs, following File Explorer.
  • After receiving feedback from Insiders requesting it for years, Microsoft added tabs to File Explorer in Windows 11 earlier this year. The feature enables users to open multiple folders and directories within a single window, similar to how a web browser enables users to open multiple web pages within a single window.

Now that File Explorer has tabs, it appears Microsoft is eager to implement the feature in another Windows 11 application. An online screenshot of an internal version of Notepad reveals a new tabs interface within the application.

The screenshot was discovered in a now-deleted tweet by a Microsoft employee, in which the tabs feature was referred to as new. The screenshot depicts a version of Notepad with a confidential notice that reads “Do not discuss features or take screenshots.”

The tabs themselves appear along the top of the app and allow the user to open multiple.txt files in the same window, similar to File Explorer and most other applications with tabs. Assuming the feature is on track to be released at some point, it is likely that this new version of Notepad will be announced for Windows Insiders in preview within the next few weeks.

Hopefully, this indicates that the new Notepad app will be officially released in the coming months, possibly in tandem with an upcoming Windows 11 Moment update. The addition of tabs to Notepad is a welcome addition for power users. The question now is which application Microsoft will add tabs to next.

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