Microsoft Starts Testing Tabs in Notepad with Dev Channel Insiders

Tabs in Notepad on Windows 11

Microsoft has started testing Tabs in Notepad with Windows Insiders on the Dev Channel today. The update to the Notepad will start rolling out to all Dev Channel testers today alongside the new Windows 11 preview build 25281, which brings a couple of other changes.

Tabs in Notepad was “a top requested feature from the community,” the Windows Insider team emphasized today. The app now supports dragging a tab out into a separate window, and a new setting also lets users choose whether files should open in a new tab or a new window by default.

“There are also new keyboard shortcut keys to support managing tabs as well as some improvements to managing unsaved files, like automatically generating the file name/tab title based on content and a refreshed unsaved changes indicator,” the Windows Insider team explained. Microsoft is still working to fix issues causing some keyboard shortcuts to not work as expected, and performance will also remain a priority for the team.

If you install the new Windows 11 Insider build 25281 today, you may also see a new visual treatment when hovering your mouse over the Windows Spotlight icon on your desktop. You’ll need to have the Windows Spotlight theme enabled in Windows Settings, and the visual changes will only show up for select Insiders running Windows 11 in English.

“The treatments for Spotlight will include richer UI around displaying the title and description and learning more information about the image displayed on your desktop via Spotlight. We’re also trying out different ways of switching to different pictures with previews, a full-screen experience, and a minimized experience,” the Windows Insider team explained today.

Another notable change in today’s build 25281 for Dev Channel Insiders is a redesigned graphics settings page that better matches the overall design of the OS. Microsoft has also redesigned the printer icon in the system tray to make it more consistent with other Windows 11 icons.

That’s pretty much it for the main changes in the Windows 11 build 25281 for Dev Channel testers. Microsoft has also released today the preview builds 22621.1180 and 22623.1180 for Insider on the Beta channels: The two notable additions include a consolidated storage quota bar shown on the Accounts page in Settings, as well as the ability to use Windows 11 widgets without signing in with a Microsoft account. These two changes were previously rolled out to the Dev channel.

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