Microsoft Begins Testing Tabs For Notepad In Windows 11

Microsoft released a new version of Notepad for Windows 11 on Thursday, enabling Windows Insiders in the Dev channel to utilize multiple tabs.

The new feature is rolling out to the Developer Channel with Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25281.

“With this update, we are introducing support for multiple tabs, a highly requested feature from the community,” said Microsoft’s Principal Product Manager Lead Dave Grochocki. “You will be able to create, manage, and organize multiple files in a single Notepad window.”

You can also continue working with files in multiple windows by dragging a tab into its window, and a new app setting allows you to customize whether files open in new tabs or windows by default.”

Redmond has also added support for keyboard shortcuts for managing Notepad tabs and made some management enhancements for files that have not yet been saved.

Grochocki added, “There are also new keyboard shortcuts for managing tabs, as well as enhancements to managing unsaved files, such as automatically generating the file name/tab title based on content and a refreshed unsaved changes indicator.”

Microsoft is already aware of problems with this new feature and has warned users that they may encounter difficulties when using keyboard shortcuts.

Those who encounter issues while testing the new Notepad with tabs support can submit a report via the Feedback Hub (WIN + F) in Apps > Notepad.

Additionally, today’s Dev channel build adds Windows Spotlight enhancements and updates the graphics settings page to better match Windows 11’s visuals.

After upgrading to Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25281, Insiders will observe a more robust title and description UI for Windows Spotlight content displayed on their desktops.

In a separate blog post published today, Microsoft Program Manager Wendy Ho elaborated on the redesigned graphics settings page included in today’s Dev channel build.

“The graphics page of the settings app allows you to adjust settings related to ‘GPU Preference,’ ‘Auto HDR,’ ‘Optimizations for windowed games,’ and more to optimize your PC’s graphics experience,” Ho explained.

“With the new Windows 11 user interface design, we’ve redesigned the graphics settings page to help you access the desired settings more quickly.”

The new user interface brings features from the ‘Default graphics’ settings as well as advanced graphics settings and application-specific settings to the update page.

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