the notebook app now has tabs

Microsoft has officially started testing tabs in Notepad on Windows 11. After File Explorer a few months ago, the tech giant is now looking to expand the functionality to other software.

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We knew for a few days now that Microsoft was preparing to deploy a major change for its notepad application on Windows 11. On Twitter, a Microsoft employee posted a screenshot of a confidential version of the Notepad softwareon which we can see a new interface with tabs.

Now, Microsoft has finally formalized the arrival of the feature. The company began testing Notepad tabs with Windows Insiders users in a new update (build 25281) on the Dev channel.

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The tabs in Notepad were “a much requested feature by the community“, underlined Microsoft. The tabs will be automatically named according to the content they contain so you can easily identify them when you switch tabs.

The feature even offers more possibilities than it looks. The app now supports dragging a tab 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.

For now, however, Microsoft warns that this new preview version of Notepad might have some bugs, especially in terms of keyboard shortcuts and performance. The company says it plans to fix these issues in the coming weeks, before this app redesign officially launches for the rest of the world. As per usual, it is not expected to be rolled out to all for at least several monthss, the time that Microsoft teams manage to correct all the bugs that will be reported by Insiders.

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

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