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Microsoft Could Be Removing the New Windows 11 Search Tool

Microsoft is removing the Bing search desktop feature from Windows 11, but tabbed Notepad is now in preview.


has today sent out a new Dev Channel and Beta Channel build for on the Windows Insider Program. There are features such as a slight redesign of the Settings app, while the Tabbed Notepad is also available. However, Microsoft may also be looking to kill off the desktop search component in Windows 11.

This search tool for desktop was originally brought to the platform in Dev build 25120 during May 2022. It now seems Microsoft is killing this feature before it even becomes widely available. Of course, this can happen with preview features.

The Insider Program is to help Microsoft prepare and test features with users, but there is no guarantee any feature will ever make a full release build. If you are unfamiliar with the feature, it would allow users to conduct Bing searches directly from the Windows 11 desktop.

Tabbed Notes

It is worth noting that Microsoft could resurrect this feature again in the future. Aside from the bad news of Bing desktop search disappearing, the good news of the update is that tabbed is now available on Windows 11.

Tabs in Notepad on Windows 11 will work just like they do on a web browser: Multiple windows will be possible and you can switch between them by moving from tab to tab. This will mean multiple folders and directories are easily available in Notepad.

Microsoft has been working on the tabs UI concept on native apps, including introducing the feature for File Explorer. Although, it is worth noting that while Microsoft is working on tabs for Notepad, there is no guarantee the feature will become available.

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Luke Jones
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Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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