Windows 11 brought with it a fresh design for the platform and Microsoft has been updating native Windows apps to sync with the new Flow UI aesthetic. The latest app to get the treatment is the Notepad on Windows 11.

This week, Microsoft started rolling out a fresh design for Notepad on Windows 11. At the moment, the new app version is available for Windows Insiders on Dev channel builds. It is likely to roll out to end users sometime next year.

Of course, Notepad is a back-to-basics kind of app that just works. In other words, Microsoft does not need to make massive changes, and nor should there be sweeping changes. So, the Windows-11-fication of Notepad is simple and does not reinvent the wheel.


In a blog post, Microsoft says the update makes Notepad “feel fresh, but familiar.”


Microsoft points to the following changes that come to Windows 11’s Notepad:

  • “First, 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.
  • Our favorite new feature is dark mode. This has been a top community ask, and we hope you love this gorgeous new theme as much as we do. By default, Notepad will adapt to your system theme preferences, but you can change this option yourself in the brand-new settings page which is the new home for font options as well.
  • To help you be more productive, we are introducing a redesigned find and replace experience and are also adding support for multi-level undo – another top community feature request.”

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