Yep, Microsoft is Redesigning Notepad in Windows 11 Too

Posted on December 7, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 11 with 27 Comments

After completely screwing up Paint with a horrible Dark Mode-averse update, Microsoft is going after Notepad in Windows 11 too.

“Today we are beginning to roll out the redesigned Notepad for Windows 11 to all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel,” Microsoft’s Dave Grochocki announced. “The redesigned Notepad for Windows 11 includes a number of changes we think the community will enjoy. You will notice a completely updated UI that aligns with the new visual design of Windows 11, including rounded corners, Mica, and more. We know how important Notepad is to so many of your daily workflows, so we designed this modern spin on the classic app to feel fresh, but familiar.”

The new look is just fine, to be fair, and unlike with Paint, this refreshed version of Notepad supports Dark mode, an important if obvious feature. The new Notepad also features a redesigned Find and Replace experience, Grochocki notes, and it will support multi-level Undo, a top user feature request.

This first release has some known issues that will be fixed in future updates, including some Input Method Editor (IME) problems and weird SHIFT + click bugs. Performance with very large files might be lacking as well.

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Comments (27)

27 responses to “Yep, Microsoft is Redesigning Notepad in Windows 11 Too”

  1. navarac

    I wait Mary Jo Foley's take on it with baited breath.

  2. sentinel6671

    I cannot wait for Windows Weekly this week :)

  3. gregsedwards

    Speaking of which, where's that Thurrott.com dark theme? 😜

  4. lilmoe

    Is it as snappy as notepad classic? Like, does it open instantaneously? Types with 0 lag? Does the new look, along with the new UI API bog it down?


    I always fire up a notepad window for quick notes, simple replace and more complex copy/paste stuff. Especially when my system is slowed down doing stuff, notepad makes life less stressful with its simplicity and snappiness. If that's gone, then NO.

  5. zhackwyatt

    Am I the only one that searched for "Grochocki notes" to figure out what kind of note taking feature that is.


    No? How embarrassing

  6. echo64

    I just got the update, works great so far. The settings cog off by itself on the right side seems kind of unnecessary since there are only two options - theme and font - but more might be added in the future.


    Other than the visual changes everything else seem pretty much the same, at least to me anyway (never been a huge notepad user except for editing config files).

  7. JustinMSalvato

    My knee jerk reaction is to freak out on Twitter but these are some welcome changes.

  8. rm

    Looks great, I use dark mode (easier on the eyes), so I have been hoping for that. Only concern is performance of large files.

  9. bbold

    I'm fine with it. Looks good. That app needed an update!

  10. Philotech Mueller

    Don't know what all the fuss is about :). I have been using Metapad pretty much since its release (in 1999!), and it's the perfect Notepad replacement for Notepad lovers. Works exactly the same way, but has a few treats such as a secondary font (e.g. for fixed-width needs), free choice of font, lots of text conversion tools (to caps, to tabified), menus with lists of favorites and recent documents, fast-close with a press of just ESC, and more.

    And it's less than 250k in size (I agree you wouldn't care today, but think 1999!). OK the icon ever was and still is ugly, but that's really my only complaint... ;-).

    It was last updated in 2011, so I keep a copy at a safe place to always have access in case the website just closes down.

  11. winner

    How is Mary Jo going to feel about the inking, telemetry, and prompts to switch to Edge?

  12. lvthunder

    Paul should update his notepad version to look like this. It would be interesting to see how easy it is to get an existing app to look more modern like this.

  13. spacein_vader

    Microsoft: if it ain't broke we'll fix it anyway.

  14. matt11to5

    Ooh. I definitely like it.

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